IGCSE examination sessions occur twice a year, in May/June and October/November. The results are issued in August and January respectively.
As a skills-based curriculum, IGCSE uses a wide range of assessment processes and techniques to complement formal written examinations; orals, practicals and projects are all used in various contexts, when they are the most effective and appropriate means of measuring attainment :
• Oral assessment is optional in all first languages and compulsory in all foreign languages
• Schools have the option of assessing students through externally assessed examinations or, in most subjects, by combining examinations with coursework.
• Coursework is set and marked by the teacher and externally moderated by CIE.
• Only teachers who have received training from CIE, or who possess suitable prior experience for marking coursework, may carry out these assessments.
• CIE uses an eight-point grade scale: A*, A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. Grade A* is awarded for the highest level of achievement, and grade G indicate minimum satisfactory performance. – A* to C grades are considered “passes”
• Bahasa Indonesia is only available during the November examination session.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is taken in over 100 countries worldwide and is internationally recognised. In some countries, IGCSE qualifications will satisfy the entry requirements for university. In others, they are widely used as a preparation for A & AS Levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma and US Advanced Placement courses.
Grade C in IGCSE English (both First Language and Second Language) satisfies the English proficiency requirements of many universities in the UK and other English speaking countries.