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Academics

Why Pre-IGCSE?

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.

In 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.

Checkpoint Subjects

Lower Secondary English Curriculum

Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of the University of Cambridge.
Our international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, we devote our resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential.

Lower Secondary Mathematics Curriculum

Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of the University of Cambridge.
Our international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, we devote our resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential.

Lower Secondary Science Curriculum

Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of the University of Cambridge.
Our international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, we devote our resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential.

Core Subjects

 

English as a Second Language

Cambridge IGCSE™ syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked
with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types
of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language offers learners the opportunity to gain lifelong skills and knowledge
including:
•• better communicative ability in English

Mathematics

The course is tiered to enable effective differentiation for learners. The Core content is intended for learners
targeting grades G–C, and the Extended content is intended for learners targeting grades D–A*. All of the Core
content is in the Extended content.
The subject content is organised by topic: number, algebra, shape and space, and probability and statistics. The
content is not presented in a teaching order.
This content structure and the use of tiering allows flexibility for teachers to plan delivery appropriately for their
learners.

 

Physics

Cambridge IGCSE™ syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked
with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types
of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.
Cambridge IGCSE Physics enables learners to:
•• increase their understanding of the technological world
•• take an informed interest in scientific matters

 

Chemistry

Cambridge IGCSE™ syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked
with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types
of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.
Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry enables learners to:
•• increase their understanding of the technological world
•• take an informed interest in scientific matters
•• recognise the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in
everyday life

 

Biology

Cambridge IGCSE™ syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked
with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types
of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.
Cambridge IGCSE Biology enables learners to:
•• increase their understanding of the technological world
•• take an informed interest in scientific matters
•• recognise the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in
everyday life

Subjects

Grading system Pre-IGCSE