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Cambridge International Confirms U-turn on International GCSE and International A Level results

Cambridge International Confirms U-turn on International GCSE and International A Level results

by Jon WestleyAugust 18, 2020

Background – Cambridge International Now Also Confirms Full U-turn on International GCSE and International A Level results

Cambridge International Examinations has now confirmed that it will now U-turn with the rest of British educational system and ensure that no child will achieve less than their teacher-predicted grades. Where a higher grade has previously been issued under the previous algorithm, that will stand.

UAE students with International A’ Level (IA) and International GCSE (IGCSE) results that were originally reduced below the teacher-recommended grades will all now see them upgraded to the higher, more accurate grade.

All schools in the UAE have now been advised that they can now formally make all their students aware of there final grades, including their uplift where applicable, to avoid any further stress uncertainty. This will also enable students who were rejected by their chosen university for missing the required grade target to re-apply for admission as a matter of urgency. There remains now some concern that, following the universal decision to accept teacher-recommended grades, that universities will not be able to meet demand in some courses. Places to study Law and Medicine are seen as particularly at risk of insufficient supply to meet demand.


Cambridge International Press Information in full

“On 14 August we said we were looking at how we could best respond to feedback from schools and students on the outcomes of the June 2020 series. We have decided to bring forward this response to today.

It is important to us that Cambridge students can compete on an equal basis with students who have similar national or international qualifications, and that their hard work and achievements are compared fairly. We fully recognise the urgent and practical need to help Cambridge students progress with their education and their lives.

We have decided that grades we issue for the June 2020 series will not be lower than the predicted grade submitted by the school. Where a grade we issued last week was higher than the predicted grade, the higher grade will stand.

We will issue new grades as soon as possible. We will also share the new grades with universities and admissions organisations as soon as we can in the coming days. We will post the new grades to Cambridge International Direct.

In April, we asked our schools to work collaboratively with us. We know teachers worked extremely hard to gather evidence and work out predicted grades, and we have viewed a significant proportion of the evidence schools used to make their predictions.

In the meantime, in order to provide immediate certainty to students, schools can inform them of the predicted grades they submitted to us. We provided this information to schools on results day.


Next steps

Cambridge International will be updating all schools in the UAE formally on full details of the process on Wednesday 19 August 2020.


Further information

The official Cambridge International Examinations web site can be found here.

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Jon Westley
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