Last updated: 8 June 2020.

What’s the update on Checkpoint and IGCSE?

Checkpoint and IGCSEs have been cancelled. For more on this, read this update from Cambridge International.

What do I need to do to manage my entry?

Private candidates entered for IGCSE, O Level, and AS Level examinations will be automatically withdrawn by the British Council and their entries deferred to the November 2020 series. We will contact you nearer the registration deadline for November 2020 to confirm you are happy to be entered for that series. 

If I defer my entry to November 2020 will I need to pay an extra fee?

There is no fee increase for students deferring their entry to November 2020. The fee will remain the same as the June 2020 fee. 

I don’t want my entry deferred to November 2020, can I withdraw my entry and get a refund instead?

Yes, you can ask us to withdraw your entry and receive a full refund instead. contact us on

What happens if a subject I want to take is not available in November 2020?

If any subjects are not available in November 2020 then we recommend that students defer their entry to the next series when the subject is available. 

What happens if I defer to a future exams series and it gets cancelled again?

This is a difficult time for everyone with many uncertainties. We cannot predict with full confidence what will happen in the months ahead. 

will I be able to add more subjects for my November registration ? And when will be the deadline for that ?

Yes, you will be able to add more subjects in November session. Please note that November registration will open in June 2020. 

What is the decision made by The Ministry of Higher Education?

We urge you to check with the Ministry of Higher Education directly.

What is the British Council position on the assessed grade option for private candidates?

Our guidance for private candidates is: 

•If you are entered for IGCSE, or O level examinations, you should defer to November 2020. 

•If you are entered for AS level examinations, you should defer to November 2020.

•If you are entered for A2, or the full A level, we are asking you to wait for a further update.  


Why can’t the British Council follow Cambridge’s approach?

The British Council can’t follow Cambridge’s approach because unfortunately we’re not in a position to provide predicted grades or rankings for IGCSE, O level and AS level candidates. This is because we do not deliver direct teaching to private candidates. Our relationship with private candidates is to facilitate access to Cambridge exams and to administer them in a secure environment, meeting all Cambridge International's regulatory and exam administration standards.

Why can’t the British Council give me a predicted grade and a ranking?

The British Council can’t follow Cambridge’s approach because we don’t teach students, and therefore we can’t provide predicted grades, or rank students based on their academic attainment.  

Cambridge’s process requires that “Subject teachers should determine a predicted grade for each candidate in each syllabus based on the evidence they have gathered on candidates’ performance, weighing up what these different sources of evidence tell them about each candidate’s performance.” 

To determine rankings, Cambridge’s process requires that centres “should now consider the group of candidates entered for a syllabus for whom you have predicted the same grade. Your centre should place these candidates in a rank order. A rank order is a list of candidates in order of their attainment, from the highest-attaining to the lowest-attaining. Do this separately for every grade at which you have predicted candidates will achieve, and for each syllabus in which you have entered candidates.” 

Unfortunately, The British Council doesn’t have subject teachers who can determine predicted grades, or place candidates in a rank order and therefore we’re unable to follow Cambridge’s approach.


What is Cambridge International’s approach to awarding assessed grades?

Please see visit the Cambridge website on how assessed grades will be awarded.

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