Cambridge Secondary 1 offers a flexible curriculum with integrated assessment. It builds on the foundations of Cambridge Primary but it is not essential to have completed Cambridge Primary before beginning Cambridge Secondary 1. Typically for 11-14 year olds, Cambridge Secondary 1 develops learners’ skills and understanding in Mathematics, English and Science for the first three years of secondary education and provides excellent preparation for Cambridge Secondary 2 and qualifications including Cambridge IGCSE.
Cambridge Secondary 1 covers year 7, 8 as well as year 9 which is the pre-IGCSE year where students study the core curriculum of the syllabus as a ground floor for the extended curriculum in the IGCSE phase (Year 10 to 12), as per Egyptian Ministry of Education requirements.
Cambridge Secondary 1 provides an optional testing structure that measures learners, class and school performance. All tests in Cambridge Secondary 1 are standardized, providing an international benchmark of learner achievement. There are two assessment options within the Cambridge Secondary 1 stage:
Cambridge Secondary 1 Progression Tests:
The Cambridge Secondary 1 Progression Tests provide valid external assessments of knowledge and skills in English, English as a second language, Mathematics and Science. The tests:
are available for each year of lower secondary education.
are optional (the school can choose which tests to take and at what times or simply follow the curriculum without testing).
can be used at any point during the year as many times as the teacher requires.
are marked by the teacher; Cambridge provides full mark schemes and guidance.
Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint:
The check point is a test to help teachers evaluate continued progress, diagnose strengths and weaknesses, and assess the readiness of students to embark on international qualiﬁcations like Cambridge IGCSE. Cambridge Checkpoint tests are for use at year 8. They are marked by Cambridge and provide the school with an external international benchmark for student performance.
IGCSE Core/ Pre-IGCSE examination:
IGCSE Core, also known as Pre-IGCSE, is a curriculum and assessment system suitable for schools in Egypt. It is a system that is recognized by the Egyptian Ministry of Education, and which allows students in international schools to qualify for the preparatory stage (Edadeya) certificate of the Egyptian national system.
IGCSE Core provides a study programme in five syllabuses: English as a second language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. IGCSE Core examinations can only be taken in Grade 9, the third and final year of the Egyptian preparatory Stage. IGCSE Core qualifications provide a thorough skills-based foundation for IGCSE examinations; they are also a useful indicator of likely performance in IGCSE examinations, which can only be taken when a student is in the Secondary Stage of the Egyptian national system (Grades 10 to 12).
To qualify for the Preparatory stage certificate, students must also complete the Ministry of Education curriculum requirements for Arabic language, Religious and Social Studies. Progression to Secondary stage will require passes in the five IGCSE Core subjects, where C is the highest grade (equivalent to 100% in the Egyptian national system) and G is the lowest pass grade (equivalent to 50%).