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As you may be aware, the IGCSE exams were cancelled in 2020 due to the unprecedented COVID-19 global pandemic. This year, Cambridge International has announced that the May/June 2021 exams will not go ahead as planned. As stated on their official website, they “will use a robust approach based on teacher assessment for International GCSE and International AS/A Level assessment in May/June 2021”.

However, they also announced that they intend to run an additional focused exam series for International GCSE later in the year. International students will be able to sit for the IGCSEs, so long as exams can be delivered in a safe and fair manner. In the event that your local government directives mean that exams can no longer proceed, school-assessed grades will replace the traditional IGCSE exams.

That being said, there are contingency plans in place to allow for flexibility in assessments, depending on your local situation. The flowchart below (sourced from contains the different directives that schools are advised to follow in the event of any developments in their country’s COVID-19 situation:


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Megan joined Prep Zone after completing her undergraduate studies at the National University of Singapore, where she majored in English Language. During her time in university, she tutored high school and primary level students in English. She firmly believes that building good rapport with her students and utilising an engaging and direct approach are key in helping students learn and thrive.

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