IGCSE stands for International General Certificate for Secondary Education. It is an international, English language qualification for 14 to 16 year old students, which is recognized by leading universities and employers worldwide. It was developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations in 1988. It is offered to students in preparation for A Levels.
IGCSE provides a broad and flexible study program and covers subjects from a variety of areas such as Languages, Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics, Technical and Vocational. Typically aimed at high school students, iGCSEs can be completed in 3 years, which can be divided over 4-5 exam sessions. Assessment ranges from written tests, oral tests, to practical tests and coursework.
TWO EXAMINATION BOARDS
There are two examination boards that offer IGCSE exams in Hong Kong:
1. Cambridge International Examinations
2. Pearson Edexcel
CIE: May/June and October/November sessions
Edexcel: January, May/June and October/November (AS Level and A Level only) sessions