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This update gives more detail on our June 2021 series. We have provided more information to help schools understand their options for support with exams, and an updated page about carry forward marks.
We have included an overview of our process for school-assessed grades using student work for the small number of countries and regions within countries where exams cannot take place.
Schools will also find a reminder about our deadlines for making entries and withdrawals, including an updated entry deadline for Cambridge Checkpoint.
Thank you for continuing to share your questions and suggestions with us. We are grateful for your input and continued support.
We will be in touch again next week.
We continue to plan for exams to go ahead in June 2021 where it is permitted and safe. We know exams are the fairest and most accurate way of assessing students’ performance.
There are a number of options available to you and your candidates for June 2021. 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.
We know that our package of support and guidance does not explain every situation that you and your candidates may experience. If you still have questions about your route to grades, please contact us: email@example.com.
We have made some changes to our carry forwards webpage to make it easier to understand.
We understand many of you have questions about carrying forward marks from the June 2021 series, especially if you are not able to run exams. We will provide more information about the options available for candidates who were intending to take AS Level qualifications as soon as possible.
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.
We said we would share more details with all schools. At this stage, we can provide an overview of our approach:
You can find a more detailed overview of our approach to school-assessed grades here.
We will tell you more about this process in March. In our update next week, we will say more about how we will align school-assessed grades with grades assessed via exams.
As we said last week, we have extended the June 2021 first-time entry deadline from 21 February to 7 March 2021 (23:59 GMT)* to give schools more time to work out what is right for their situation.
We strongly encourage you to make entries as early as possible, ideally before the deadline, even if you are uncertain of the situation in your country or region, so that we can make sure we get your questions papers to you on time.
If your circumstances change and you need to withdraw your entries because of Covid-19, you will receive a full credit. This applies even up to seven days after the final exam of the syllabus affected.
*apart from countries with whom we have arranged an earlier deadline.
After 7 March, you can make late entries and amendments until 17 April, although you will be charged a late fee under our usual rules.
We have extended the Cambridge Checkpoint May 2021 entry deadline from 21 February to 28 February 2021 (23:59 GMT) to allow you more time to submit your entries.
Make sure you submit your entries by 28 February 2021 (23:59 GMT) so we can get your question papers to you on time. If your circumstances change and you need to withdraw your entries because of Covid-19 you will receive a full credit, even up to seven days after the last date of the Cambridge Checkpoint test window.
If you work with us through another organisation, such as the British Council, please make sure you share this message with your Associate Schools.
You can find all our advice on our Covid-19 information page.
If you have any questions, you can review our frequently asked questions, or contact us via our Help website.
We wish everyone in the Cambridge International community well at this time.