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IGCSE Past Papers

IGCSE Past Papers:

  • CAIE IGCSE Past Papers/IGCSE Past Year Exam Papers/Mark Schemes/Examiner Reports/Learner Guide/Syllabus/Syllabus Changes  for Physics, Chemistry, Math, Biology, Business studies, Economics, English, Accounting, French, Drama, Geography, History,Hindi, Environmental  Management, Arabic for March, May June and October Sessions for all variants.
  • All sessions are not available to all countries globally. You need to check your time  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 for  administrative reasons only, based on a common syllabus. So practicing questions from all time zones fives you more practice 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:

https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/exam-administration/Cambridge-exams-officers-guide/phase-1-preparation/timetabling-exams/administrative-zone/

  • 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 present on them. And proud to state that our site provides you with amazingly made material on even the smallest of topic!.

 

 

 

 

Also it  is a common observation that most students are over-dependent 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 subject wise list of codes that you need to learn to interpret 

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 free 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 things 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 teaching 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 have years of experience and know exactly how much space will be needed for each answer. 

 

 

 

                              

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