IGCSE Past papers
Here are a few sample papers. More papers on a vast number of subects are available at
A note on the use of past papers:
- Cambridge conducts IGCSE examinations over differenyt sessions, namely March, May and October sessions.
- All sessions are not available to all countries globally. You need to check your zones to know which session is available for your child.
- Till about 2009 or so,, for most of the subjects, there were only one paper created for all students globally. Cambridge then came up with various time zones. Meaning now every paper would be made thrice. So for example 0625 IGCSE Physics would now have three variants namely 11/12/13; 21/22/23 , 31/32/33; 41/42/43.; 51/52/53 , 61/62/63.
- So now most of the times it is a wrong belief that those appearing for variant 2 must only solve variant 2 papers! and why is this a myth? We the reason is quite simple. The same curriculum for a particular subject is studied by all IGCSE students worldwide. So the papers are set in 3 different time zones fot administrative reasons only, based on a common syllabus. So practising questions from all time zones fives you more practise questions.
- Now the question is : How to identify your time zone? well the answer lies in the link that i am sharing with you now:
- The above site gives you detailed info on all available time zones and the one that you belong to.
- So once you identify your time zone, you now need to solve your board exam papers. So when do you start solving them? Well you need to start solving them as soon as you finish every small topic, if questions are presnt on them. And proud to state that our site provides you with amazingly made material on even the smallest of topic!.
Check the following member area resources to see it for your self now:
0607-Cambridge International Math
0455 IGCSE Economics
0500-First Language-English paper 2
Also it is a common observation that most students are over-dependednt on the Model SOlutions or Solved Past Papers Or Board Exam Solutions, what ever you may call it. The reason I am saying this is because, what the model solution gives you is only one type of an answer accepted by cambridge. It is a well known fact that no two people think alike and hence cambridge gives the option of alternate vocabulary wherever possible. And if you never learn to interpret the mark schemes, you will never be able to understand what Cambridge is expecting out of you for a particular subject. The marking schemes not only guide you with the alternative vocabulary, but they also give you an insight on the bifurcation of marks per question, be it a multiple choice questions, structured question or alternative to practical. Also mark schemes make use of codes all throughout the paper. You must learn how to interpret the codes. The following is a subjectwise list of codes that you need to learn to interpret and once you benefir, pls do let me know at : firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be the happiest to know that all my efforts of typing it out for you are not in vain.
Mark scheme abbreviations :
M1 method mark (M2, etc, is also used)
A1 accuracy mark
B1 independent mark
E1 mark for explaining
U1 mark for correct units
G1 mark for a correct feature on a graph
M1 dep* method mark dependent on a previous mark,
indicated by * cao correct answer only
ft follow through
isw ignore subsequent working
oe or equivalent
rot rounded or truncated
sc special case
soi seen or implied
www without wrong working
- So now that you know to interpret the codes, you might want to start answering questions, but wait. One more thing you need in your kit is the Learner's guide, This is released by Cambridge and is available for fre down in our members area. This learner guide tells you the exact way of answering as per various command words. Also its is a beautiful document that has sample solved papers by Cambridge itself, so what more can you expect ever! So make thgis your guiding light for every subject.
- And finally you may begin answering the questions.
- Now here is a personal advice based on my 10 + years of teachng Cambridge syllabus and that is" Please do not look at the marks and write those many bullet points. Also do not write contrasting statements in the same answer. Do not write the same things in different words as a second point. Every point needs to be unique. Look at the available space and try to fit in your answer. remember the Cambridge experts ahve years of experience and know exactly how much space will be neede dfor each answer.
More tips will be shared as and when i get to add on to this. Till then take care , stay safe and God bless you all always.
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