Do you want to set your child on the path to getting qualifications that are accepted by universities and employers around the world?

The Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Lower Secondary Checkpoint Programme develops Mathematics, English and Science skills and knowledge. 

It can help your child by:

  • allowing teachers to assess their learning as they progress
  • developing their global outlook and equipping them for success in the modern world
  • preparing them for IGCSEs/International GCSEs.

Children sit Checkpoint tests at the end of Grade 8 and Pre-IGCSE at 14–15 years. The tests are marked by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and provide an external international benchmark for your child’s performance. 

Checkpoint (12 - 13 years)

Checkpoint tests cover all major areas of learning required in the first years of an international secondary education. Learners receive a Statement of Achievement, which gives an indication of their academic progress during this education stage and detailed feedback on their strengths and weaknesses.

Pre-IGCSE (14 - 15 years)

This is the transitional scheme equivalent to the final year (Edadeya) in 3rd preparatory level of the Egyptian National Curriculum. 

Progression to the secondary stage requires passes in five “Core” level subjects: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at grade C–G, where C grade is the highest grade equivalent to 100% and G is the lowest pass grade equivalent to 50% in the Egyptian national system.  

ln addition to the above five subjects, students will need to study and pass Arabic, Religious Studies and Social Studies as required by the Ministry of Education. Students with pass grades are permitted to transfer into the national and other schemes at Grade 10.

Every year, the British Council helps more than two million people take international exams. We are here to help you at every stage of your child’s education – from choosing subjects to registering for exams.

Find out which schools offer the Lower Secondary Checkpoint Programme.