A Cambridge School - Cambridge Assessment and Qualifications

Cambridge assessments are designed to be fair, valid, reliable and practicable. They are designed to support student learning, providing focus, pace and challenge to learners. Cambridge assessments consider deep subject knowledge, conceptual understanding and higher-level thinking skills.

Cambridge qualifications are recognised around the world. Cambridge students can be confident that their qualifications will be understood and valued throughout their education and career, in their home country and internationally.

Cambridge Primary uses internationally benchmarked tests, providing extra reliability in the feedback parents and guardians receive.

At Mayfair International Academy all students in Stages 3 and up take Cambridge Progression Tests at the end of the academic year. These tests provide detailed information about the performance of each learner.

Cambridge Primary’s unique analysis tool for Cambridge Primary Progression Tests allows us, not only to track our learners’ progress, but also to compare our learners’ results against those of Cambridge learners around the world.

Students in Stage 6 are encouraged to sit Cambridge Primary Checkpoint examinations, which are externally marked in Cambridge. Those learners who take Checkpoint examinations receive a statement of achievement, as well as a diagnostic feedback report.

Cambridge Primary Checkpoint examinations generally take place in May and results are usually released in June. Students receive a Cambridge Primary Checkpoint score for the whole subject, as well as a score for each main topic/skill. Scores range from 0.0 (very poor) to 6.0 (excellent).

The May 2017 series was our first set of Cambridge Primary Checkpoint examinations. In this series, our students achieved:

  • 100% ‘excellent’ (6.0) in First Language English
  • 100% ‘very good’ (5.0) or better in English as a Second Language
  • 100% ‘very good’ (5.3) or better in Mathematics
  • 100% ‘good’ (3.6) or better in Science

Cambridge Lower Secondary uses internationally benchmarked tests, providing extra reliability in the feedback learners, parents and guardians receive.

At Mayfair International Academy all students in Stage 7 to Stage 9 take Cambridge Progression Tests at the end of each academic year. These tests provide detailed information about the performance of each learner.

Cambridge Lower Secondary’s unique analysis tool for Cambridge Lower Secondary Progression Tests allows us, not only to track our learners’ progress, but also to compare our learners’ results against those of Cambridge learners around the world.

Students in Stage 9 are encouraged to sit Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint examinations, which are externally marked in Cambridge. Those learners who take Checkpoint examinations receive a statement of achievement, as well as a diagnostic feedback report.

Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint examinations generally take place in May and results are usually released in June. Students receive a Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint score for the whole subject, as well as a score for each main topic/skill. Scores range from 0.0 (very poor) to 6.0 (excellent).

The May 2018 series will be our first set of Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint examinations.

Many universities worldwide require a combination of Cambridge International A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements. However, some US and Canadian colleges and universities will accept learners with five Cambridge IGCSEs at grade C or above.

UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, carried out an independent benchmarking study of Cambridge IGCSE and found it to be comparable to the standard of UK GCSE. This means that students can be confident that their Cambridge IGCSE qualifications are accepted as equivalent to UK GCSEs by leading universities around the world.

Cambridge IGCSE English language qualifications are also recognised by a good number of UK universities as evidence of English language competency for university study.

Cambridge IGCSE assessments generally take place at the end of the two-year course and are marked in Cambridge. Each subject receives a separate grade and the grades awarded are A* to G, with A* being the highest. Examinations generally take place in May/June and results are usually released in August.

We encourage all of our students to work towards achieving the Cambridge ICE award for Cambridge IGCSE. This award recognises the achievements of learners who pass examinations in at least seven subjects, including two languages, and one subject from each of the other subject groups.

In the June 2018 examination series our students achieved 100% A*-C in the following subjects:

  • First Language English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Mathematics
  • Combined and Co-ordinated Sciences
  • History
  • ICT
  • Spanish as a Foreign Language
  • French as a Foreign Language

Overall, our students achieved 97% A*-C across all subjects. All students gained at least 7 IGCSEs with grades A*-C and all were eligible for the ICE award with merit.

Cambridge International’s rolling review programme ensures that Cambridge qualifications reflect the latest developments in education. In revising Cambridge International AS and A Level syllabuses they have consulted with some of the world’s leading higher education institutes, including the University of Cambridge, Harvard and MIT.

Learners use Cambridge International AS and A Level qualifications to gain places at leading universities worldwide including in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Egypt, Jordan, South Africa, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain.

UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, carried out an independent benchmarking study of Cambridge International AS and A Level and found it to be comparable to the standard of UK AS and A Level. This means that students can be confident that their Cambridge International AS and A Level qualifications are accepted as equivalent, grade for grade, to UK AS and A Levels by leading universities around the world.

Over 1,400 universities recognise Cambridge International AS and A Level qualifications and they are accepted for entrance to all UK universities.

Over 500 US universities accept Cambridge International AS and A Levels, including all Ivy Leage and Ivy Plus universities. These universities include Brown, Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Yale. Good grades in carefully chosen Cambridge International A Level subjects can result in up to one year of university course credit in the United States and Canada. A recent study in the US also showed that Cambridge students were more likely to enrol at university than the national average.

Cambridge AS and A Level assessments are marked in Cambridge. Each subject receives a separate grade and the grades awarded are A* to E (A* being the highest) for A Level and A to E (A being the highest) for AS Level. Examinations generally take place in May/June and the results are usually released in August.

We encourage all of our students to work towards achieving the Cambridge AICE award, in addition to their individual AS and A Level qualifications. This award recognises the achievements of learners who pass examinations in subjects selected from at least three curriculum areas, including Global Perspectives and Research.

Recognition of Cambridge qualifications

Cambridge Assessment and Qualifications at Mayfair AcademyRead more about recognition of Cambridge qualifications, including a database of institutions, on the Cambridge International website. (opens in a new window).

Checkpoint Examination Scores

Cambridge Primary and Lower Secondary Checkpoint examinations generally take place in May and results are usually released in June. Students receive a Checkpoint score for the whole subject, as well as a score for each main topic/skill. Scores range from 0.0 (very poor) to 6.0 (excellent).

Checkpoint examination scores
ScoreMeaning
5.0 - 6.0 Excellent
4.0 - 5.0 Very good
3.0 - 4.0 Good
2.0 - 3.0 Ok
1.0 - 2.0 Poor
0.0 - 1.0 Very poor