Important Updates on May/June 2020 examination session – COVID 19 situation:

24 March 2020

Pearson Edexcel

As the situation is rapidly evolving globally , we have received a confirmation that Pearson Edexcel  will not hold their General Qualifications exams in May and June 2020 globally. This applies to iPrimary, iLower Secondary, International GCSE and international A levels, as well as Pearson UK GCSE and A Level qualifications. Pearson is committed that all international students receive a result and a grade, and the grades to intentional students will be awarded using the same principles as for the UK GCSE and A Level qualifications.

24 March announcement

OxfordAQA

British Council alongside the Exam Boards are committed to the safety and security of UK qualification students. 

In light of recent developments, OxfordAQA believe the best way to ensure all students have the same opportunity to receive a fair assessment is to offer everyone the same option – so OxfordAQA are cancelling the May/June international GCSE and A-level exam series and offering all students a calculated grade. This will help ensure that the school community remains safe and well, while enabling students to progress to the next stage of their education

At the moment, the process for calculating grades is being developed and further information and evidence will be shared soon by OxfordAQA. Students will receive a graded certificate as usual and universities around the world will recognise the qualifications issued this year as usual.

During this tough time, the British Council and OxfordAQA are working together to make sure we support all students in the best way possible.

We care about you and your families, so please stay at home and take necessary precautions.

23 March announcement 

Cambridge International Update

During this tough time, our first and foremost priority is your safety. The COVID-19 situation in Egypt and all over the world is changing every second. Thus, Cambridge International made the decision not to run May/June 2020 examination session . Students will receive a grade and a certificate from Cambridge International, given the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their programmes of study. This will ensure students do not face disadvantage as a result of these extraordinary circumstances. 

This announcement is for the following qualification:

  • Cambridge IGCSE

  • Cambridge O Level

  • Cambridge International AS & AL

  • Cambridge AICE Diploma

  • Cambridge Pre-U

British Council wishes you health and safety.

Please stay safe by taking necessary precaution.

Update 22nd of March

Pearson Edexcel

May/June 2020 Examination Session

The British Council and Pearson Edexcel are continuing to work together to review how we support schools in light of the COVID-19 outbreak (coronavirus). Rest assured that the British Council together with the awarding bodies are working restlessly to make sure that we are providing the best support while keeping you safe at the same time.

In an attempt to support learners internationally, Pearson Edexcel is taking the necessary measures to deliver the exams on time to make sure that they achieve the qualifications they need to progress to the next stage of their lives.

Thus, at this point, we want to confirm that as per our discussion with Pearson Edexcel, in countries that are deemed safe and schools are functioning, exams for iPrimary, iLowerSecondary, International GCSE, and International A Level will take place for students outside of the UK in May and June 2020. Furthermore, all schools delivering Pearson Edexcel qualifications through the British Council will have until early April to withdraw candidates from the June 2020 exam series. If you wish to withdraw, please contact your school administration for further information.

We are monitoring the situation and we would like to ensure and stress that safeguarding the health and well-being of candidates and staff is our main concern. We are following the government regulations and all published safety measures to provide a safe environment for all.

Update 19th of March

Oxford AQA

May/June 2020 Examination Session – Will be held on time

The British Council and Oxford AQA are continuing to work together to review how we support schools in light of the COVID-19 outbreak (coronavirus). 

Oxford AQA are taking the necessary measures to reassure schools, teachers and students that they will proceed with summer series of international GCSEs and A-levels as planned. 

At this point, we want to confirm that as per our discussion with Oxford AQA, exams will be conducted on time as planned with no cancellations or delay.

We are monitoring the situation and we would like to ensure and stress that safeguarding the health and wellbeing of candidates and staff is our main concern. We are following the governement regulartions and all published safetly measures to provide a safe enviorement for all.

Update 19th of March

Cambridge International

The British Council and Cambridge International are continuing to work together to review how we support schools in light of the COVID-19 outbreak (coronavirus). 

We know that schools in many countries around the world have had to close to abide by governmental regulation. Students have missed teaching time and it is not always clear when schools will reopen. We fully understand the challenges students, parents and schools around the world face in such unique situation, and together we are working out ways we can support them.

At this point, we are administering the exams as scheduled, the British Council will work in abidance with the UK Awarding Bodies and Egyptian Ministry of Education further instruction, and with implementation of all health and safety measures for our test takers. 

We know that affected schools might be considering whether to withdraw candidates from the June 2020 examination series. To give schools as much time as possible to make this decision, Cambridge International have extended the deadline for allowing schools to withdraw candidates. This means that all schools delivering Cambridge International qualifications through the British Council will have until early April to withdraw candidates from the June 2020 exam series for: 

  • Cambridge IGCSE 
  • Cambridge O Level 
  • Cambridge International AS & A Level 
  • Cambridge AICE Diploma 
  • Cambridge International Project Qualification.

If you wish to withdraw, please contact your school administration for further information.

Cambridge Checkpoint tests are due to be taken sooner than other exams; therefore, we have just been advised by Cambridge that schools have options for their Checkpoint candidates. Please Contact your school to obtain more information about forthcoming Checkpoint exams.

We are monitoring the situation and we are taking the highest measures of precautions to ensure safety of candidates and staff.

During this critical time, your safety and security is our utmost priority. It is also important for us to make sure that you are getting your information from a trusted source. We strongly encourage that your initial main source is your school.

If you have questions please download the FAQ's document here and for further information please contact your school, or e-mail us on information@britishcouncil.org.eg

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