Cambridge International Qualifications Grading System May/June 2020

As announced on 23/3/2020, Cambridge International confirmed that no exams will take place anywhere in the world, for safety purposes. However, today (7/4/2020), they laid out the steps needed to provide students with fair grades using alternative assessments methods.

This process consists of 4 steps:

Step 1: The school determines a predicted grade for each candidate for each subject.

The candidate's performance is assessed through various evidences such as classwork, assignments, mock exams in order to make an objective judgement. A candidate taking an A-level subject by carrying forward an AS result, the previous AS result is a strong indicator of their likely outcome in the A-level. In regard of student re-sitting a subject, their previous result is also taken into consideration, knowing that Cambridge confirmed that it is unusual for candidates to improve by more than one grade.

Step 1

Step 2: The school determines a rank order within each grade for each subject.

A rank order is a list of candidates in order of their attainment, from the highest attaining to the lowest attaining. A rank order is produced for each grade, for each subject.

Step 2

Step 3: Heads of schools authenticate predicted grades and rank orders obtained from the school teacher to send it out to Cambridge International

Heads of schools need to confirm that the process of making judgements was fair, objective and consistent.

Step 3

Step 4: Cambridge International carries out a standardization process, combining all data obtained in order to award the final grades.

Cambridge International will take data submitted by centres and carry out a statistical standardisation exercise. This exercise will use statistical evidence from the historical performance of the school in the syllabus as well as global performance statistics.

Step 4

Private Candidates

Where centers have accepted entries from private candidates, those students should be included in this process only of the head of the center is confident that the head and the staff have seen sufficient evidence of the student's achievement to make an objective judgement. Nonetheless, some centers may not be able to find enough evidence for their private candidates. It is unlikely therefore to give grades to all private candidates, hence, candidates may need to sit for exams in the November 2020 session.