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The IGCSE exams: how can I take them?

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What are the IGCSE exams? How can you take them? Find out here.

If you are interested in finding out about the best route to academic and professional success, read on! The IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations are a series of international assessments designed for secondary school students around the world. These exams provide a solid foundation for academic and professional development, aligning students with international standards recognised and valued by prestigious educational institutions and employers. In this article, we will explore what these exams, which will be available in the 2024/2025 academic year at Coruña British International School, are all about so that prospective students know how to sit them, the doors they will open and some top tips for successful preparation.

What are the IGCSE exams?

The IGCSE exams cover a wide range of subjects, including Maths, Science, Languages, Humanities, Art and more. They are offered by the University of Cambridge and are recognised worldwide for their academic rigour and objectivity of assessment. IGCSE exams focus on developing fundamental skills in students, such as critical thinking, problem solving and the application of knowledge in real-world situations.

IGCSE assessments are conducted in two phases: Core and Extended. The Core phase covers the basic content of the curriculum, while the Extended phase includes additional and more challenging topics. Students can choose to sit the Core phase alone or extend their knowledge by completing the Extended phase. Each subject has a specific number of written exams and, in some cases, practical or laboratory tests are also included.

How can I take the IGCSE exams?

IGCSE examinations are available to students from different educational systems and do not require specific affiliation to a particular educational institution. You can take the exams as a private candidate, which allows you to prepare on your own or through specialised academies to sit the assessments at authorised examination centres, such as Coruña British International School.

The registration process and exam dates vary depending on the location and institution offering the exams. It is important to be aware of the registration deadlines and make sure you meet the necessary requirements to participate. If you are a student at Coruña British International School we will keep you informed!

What doors do the IGCSE exams open for me?

IGCSE examinations are highly valued and recognised by various educational institutions and employers around the world. By achieving good results in these exams, students can access a variety of opportunities, such as:

  1. Continuing on to advanced study: IGCSE examinations lay a solid foundation for further study, including A-Levels programmes or other Spanish and international education systems. Importantly, these study programmes will also meet the academic requirements stipulated by the Galician Government, so our students will be able to apply to Spanish universities, both public and private.
  2. Admission to reputable universities: Many prestigious universities consider IGCSE grades as a determining factor in the admissions process.
  3. Career development: Many international companies value IGCSE grades as an indicator of academic skills and key competencies, which can enhance job opportunities.
  4. Academic flexibility: IGCSE examinations allow students to explore a variety of subjects and areas of interest, encouraging a holistic education.

Tips on how to prepare for the IGCSE exams:

Prepare your path to academic success with these must-have study tips! Reading this guide will open doors to a world of possibilities and give you the tools you need to reach your full potential in your studies. With wisdom and strategy, you'll be able to tackle any academic challenge with confidence and achieve exceptional results. So, if you're ready to unlock your learning skills and overcome any educational hurdles, you can't miss these valuable tips - get ready to discover a new approach to studying that will lead you to success!

  • Planning and organisation: Set a structured study schedule and divide the material into small units to tackle each topic gradually. If you want to know how to alleviate stress during exam time, we encourage you to read this article.
  • Practice and revision: Do exercises and practice tests to assess your level of understanding and knowledge. Regular revision will help you consolidate what you have learnt.
  • Professional assistance: At Coruña British International School, students following the Secondary curriculum will find a team of specialist staff ready to provide support and guidance throughout this crucial stage, starting in the 2024 / 2025 academic year. Our school is committed to accompanying each student on their learning journey, ensuring that everyone is able to achieve their full potential. Our student-centred approach ensures that each student receives the attention and support they need to achieve academic and personal success. We are therefore proud to be a part of our students' growth and achievement on their journey to a bright future.
  • Time management during the exam: Practice answering questions in the allotted time and make sure you understand the requirements of each task. Read the questions twice!
  • Positive attitude: Remain calm and confident during the study process and on test day. A positive attitude can make all the difference in performance.

Ultimately, the IGCSE exams represent a valuable opportunity for students seeking a quality, internationally recognised education. By preparing properly and with determination, these exams can open doors to a promising academic and professional future. Perseverance and dedication are key to achieving successful results and making the most of the advantages the IGCSE exams offer on the road to success.

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