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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.
Running exams - Key dates for the June 2021 series (PDF, 144KB)
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:
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)
We recommend you make the following contingency plans before the exam series: