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Today’s update includes information on resources available to schools, as well as a link to the questions raised at the September webinars for exams officers.
We have some further information on the June 2020 series, including the final deadline for any clerical errors to be communicated to us, as well as further information on statements of results.
There is also further information on the November 2020 series, including carrying forward marks.
Finally, we have included reminders of the information sent last week about adaptations to syllabuses.
We are very grateful to you for working patiently with us through this challenging period. We encourage you to keep in touch with us if you have questions or would like advice.
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on teaching across the world. You may be returning to school, or your school may be closed, or you could be adopting a blended teaching approach. Whatever your situation, we are committed to helping you and your learners. To this end, we have a huge range of support, resources and guidance for you below:
Thank you to all of you who attended one of our recent exams officer update webinars – we have collated answers to the questions you asked us during the webinars and we hope you find these useful.
If you believe you made a clerical error in the predicted grade or rank order data that you submitted to us in June via our Grade Submission System, contact us by 30 September 2020. Please provide clear evidence - from before or at the time of submission - about what the error is and how it happened. You can find out more on our website.
Email the details of the error that you want us to consider, putting ‘Clerical Error’ and your centre number in the subject line to email@example.com. There is a charge for this service - you can find out more about fees in the ‘My Messages’ section of Cambridge International Direct.
We emailed centres on 10 September with more information about statements of results for the June 2020 series. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of our schools will not receive printed statements of results. This is so we can prioritise sending out confidential despatches for the November 2020 series and minimise any delays.
You can still see your provisional results for June 2020 on Direct on the ‘Administer Exams’ dashboard. Results are displayed in the ‘Results’ tab, and provisional results documents are available in the ‘File Transfers’ tab. The documents available are:
We will confirm your candidates’ final results when we send out certificates, and you should receive these by the end of October. For any countries where it is critical for centres to receive printed statements of results, you will receive these from mid-October.
We understand that there may be circumstances when a school needs to withdraw all of its entries because of national or local restrictions that relate to Covid-19. Under these specific circumstances, and with supporting evidence (such as a link to a local or national government website to validate the reason for the withdrawal), a credit will be applied to withdrawals made by 30 September 2020. Your centre must first tell us they need to withdraw entries and keep the entry on our system until you receive instructions from us. You can inform us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope this gives you more reassurance at this time.
We know many of you still have questions about carrying forward marks. To support you with this, we have added some more information to our carry forwards web page under the heading ‘How should I enter candidates for the November 2020 series who want to carry forward marks from the June 2019 series?’.
We know that many of you have questions about special consideration for the November 2020 series. To support you, we have created a special consideration supplement, which contains extra information and should help to answer your questions. Due to the changes we have made because of Covid-19, you should use this supplement, rather than section 5.5 of the Cambridge Handbook, when deciding whether you should apply for special consideration for your candidates.
On Monday 7 September, we published new web pages with component adjustments and guidance for March and June 2021 exams. For the components included, we have provided general guidance to help teachers and students adapt to the current circumstances, and for some syllabuses there are details of specific adjustments to the requirements of the component. Where specific adjustments are available, schools will need to apply for permission to use them before the exam or before submitting work.
We have produced an overview document so that you can identify the level of support available for each syllabus.
More information is available at June 2021 Covid and March 2021 (India only).
You can find all our advice on our website.
If you have any questions, you can review our frequently asked questions, or contact us via our help area.
We wish everyone in the Cambridge International community well at this time.