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We plan for exams to go ahead in June 2021 where it is permitted and safe. This is the fairest and most accurate way of assessing candidates’ performance.
In countries, and regions of countries, where government directives mean that exams cannot take place, we are switching from exams to school-assessed grades using student work, so that students can progress despite the impact of the pandemic. You can find more information on our school-assessed grades page.
You should try to deliver all exams, coursework, speaking and practical tests according to the syllabus requirements. However, we know that you are facing different challenges in managing teaching, learning and assessment. We have different options available to help you run exams in June 2021.
There is flexibility in how you use these options. You may choose one or more options for your candidates, but later change to another option if your situation changes. For example, you may have candidates doing a syllabus which has three components:
We appreciate it can be difficult to know which route to grades to choose, or how you can use different options at the same time. To make it easier to see what support is available, this June 2021 area of our website has information about each of the routes to grades (guidance for components, component adjustments, component exemptions and/or special consideration) and, if applicable, how to apply.
There is also an interactive guide to help you understand the routes to grades. Start by choosing one of the options to find out more about how that route works, how to use it, and how you might use other routes alongside it.
There is flexibility in how you use these options. You may choose one or more options for your candidates, but later change to another option if your situation changes.
We know that all our centres and candidates are facing different and changeable situations. The following scenarios are examples of how you might use the different routes to grades, depending on the specific situation your centre and candidates are experiencing.
You enter candidates for a syllabus that has three components:
You enter candidates for a syllabus that has four components:
Our guide, for exams officers and heads of centre, will help you run June 2021 exams safely and securely. Use this, as well as the guidance in our current Cambridge Handbook, when planning the exams in your centre. To make it easier to use and understand, we have structured the guide around the phases of the Cambridge Exams Cycle.
Guidance on running exams in the June 2021 series (PDF, 346KB)