The Cambridge International has announced that it will offer some replacement O Level and IGCSE exams for both school and private students in the country.
The decision to run replacement exams for a number of key subjects follows conversations with schools. The students in year 11 will be able to complete their studies in these subjects before they start the next school year. The safety of students and staff continues to be Cambridge International’s highest priority. These exams will take place in venues where compliance with current Health and Safety Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) is possible. Students can still take exams instead in the October and November 2021 series if they prefer, for the same fee as the June 2021 series.
The subjects included in Cambridge O Level are English – First Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Accounting, Business Studies, Economics and Computer while in Cambridge IGCSE is inclusive of First Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
Students will only take one question paper per subject. That one question paper will be a multiple-choice paper where it exists for the syllabus. Multiple choice covers many aspects of the syllabus, and typically lasts 60 minutes. In order to give students as much time as possible to prepare for the exams, Cambridge International is planning for the exams to take place in the last week of July and the first week of August.
Uzma Yousuf, Country Director, Pakistan, Cambridge International said, “I am very pleased that we have been able to offer these replacement Cambridge O Level and IGCSE exams to Cambridge schools and students in Pakistan. Our schools in Pakistan were keen that students could achieve their qualifications in these key subjects before they started their next school year, in order to minimise disruption to their future studies.
“We have chosen a set of subjects that will benefit the majority of students, enabling them to graduate from their Cambridge O Level or IGCSE courses and start preparing for A Level from second week of August. It will also enable most O Level and IGCSE students to fulfil the IBCC requirement for equivalence without having to take the exam in a future series.” Pakistan Studies, Islamiyat, Urdu 1st Language and Urdu 2nd Language will be available in the October and November 2021 series.
There will be many other AS, A Level, O Level and IGCSE subjects also available in that series. Cambridge AS Level students along with O Level and IGCSE students whose subjects are not being offered in July, will be able to take their exams in the October/November 2021 exams series. Cambridge International will share the timetable for the replacement O level and IGCSE exams with schools soon.