Components of the IGCSE exams

The following contains information on the different papers, their duration and weight. Students can opt for Core or Extended Papers in most exams depending on their individual abilities. Please be aware that the best grade for the subject that students can achieve with Core papers is a grade C

IGCSE First Language English

Core Curriculum
Grades C - G

Extended Curriculum
Grades A* - G

Paper 1: (1 hour 45 min)

  • 2 questions on a reading passage
  • 50% of total marks

Paper 2: (2 hours)

  • 3 questions on two reading passages
  • 50% of total marks

Paper 3 (2 hours)

  • Directed Writing and Composition
  • 50% of total marks

Paper 3 (2 hours)

  • Directed Writing and Composition
  • 50% of total marks

Add.: Paper 5: (10-12 min)

  • Speaking and listening
  • Individual task and discussion
  • number grade on Certificate

Add.: Paper 5: (10-12 min)

  • Speaking and listening
  • Individual task and discussion
  • number grade on Certificate

IGCSE Maths

Core Curriculum
Grades C - G

Extended Curriculum
Grades A* - G

Paper 1: (1 hour)

  • Short answer questions
  • 35% of total marks

Paper 2: (1 hour 30 min)

  • Short answer questions
  • 35% of total marks

Paper 3: (2 hours)

  • Structured questions
  • 65% of total marks

Paper 4: (2 hours 30 min)

  • Short answer questions
  • 65% of total marks

IGCSE Spanish 2nd language

All students; grades A* to G

Paper 1 (45 min)

  • Listening
  • 25% of total marks

Paper 2: (1 hour)

  1. Reading comprehension
  • 25% of total marks
  • Paper 3 (15 min)
  • Speaking (two role plays, presentation, general conversation)
  • 25% of total marks

Paper 4 (1 hour)

  • Writing (responding in the target language to three texts)
  • 25% of total marks

IGCSE Biology

Core Curriculum
Grades C - G

Extended Curriculum
Grades A* - G

Paper 1: (45 min)

  • Multiple-choice questions
  • 30% of total marks

Paper 1: (45 min)

  • Multiple-choice questions
  • 30% of total marks

Paper 2: (1 hour 15 min)

  • Core theory
  • 50% of total marks

Paper 3: (1 hour 15 min)

  • Extended theory
  • 50% of total marks

Paper 6: (1 hour)

  • Alternative to practical test
  • 20% of total marks

Paper 6: (1 hour)

  • Alternative to practical test
  • 20% of total marks

IGCSE Geography

All students Grades A* - G

Paper 1: (1 hour 45 min)

  • Geographical Themes
  • 45% of total marks

Paper 2: (1 hour 30 min)

  • Geographical skills
  • 27.5% of total marks

Paper 4: (1 hour 30 min)

  • Theme-based written work
  • 27.5% of total marks

IGCSE 1st Language German

All students Grades A* - G

Paper 1: (2 hours)

  • Reading
  • 2 texts and questions
  • 50% of total marks

Paper 2: (2 hours)

  • Writing
  • 2 essays
  • 50% of total marks

IGCSE German 2nd Language

All students Grades A* - G

Paper 1 : (45 min)

  • Listening
  • 25% of total marks

Paper 2 (1 hour)

  • Reading comprehension
  • 25% of total marks

Paper 3 (15 min)

  • Speaking (two role plays, presentation, general conversation)
  • 25% of total marks

Paper 4 (1 hour)

  • Writing (responding in the target language to three texts)
  • 25% of total marks

contact

Ms Anne Köneke
Cambridge Examination Coordinator
Secondary 2 Coordinator
(Years 9 - 10)
fon 0531 / 889210 - 0

koeneke@cjd-braunschweig.de