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General Information Regarding CIE

  • 1. RRIS is affiliated to the University of Cambridge, International Examinations, U.K.
  • 2. The school follows Cambridge curriculum integrated with the best practices of the Indian Education system.
  • 3. The studies go beyond books. Practical work and projects are research oriented and based on experimental studies.
  • 4. There are no formal examinations up to grade IV. Mock checkpoint exams are conducted in grade V and above. Grade VIII students can attempt checkpoint exams of CIE for which separate exam fee needs to be paid to CIE, U.K (check cie website for further details). Grade X will take IGSCE exams of CIE, for which too the exam fees should be paid separately. This fee will be borne by the candidate.
  • 5. If the information provided to the school is misleading or incorrect, the applicant will be withdrawn from the process of school enrollment/ admission immediately without any notification.
  • 6. Please send us your e-mail/ letter / sms as soon as you have deposited fee online or by cheque in the bank. Please ensure that you write the student’s name, class and phone numbers at the back of the cheque.
  • 7. Fee can be deposited in IDBI bank in the school account No. 536104000038067 directly.Please check the details on the school website www.rrischool.org

Levels in Cambridge International Examination

Cambridge Checkpoint (Till Grade VIII):

  • What is CIE?
    CIE stands for Cambridge International Examinations. It is the world's largest provider of education programmes and qualifications for 5-19 years old. More than 9000 schools in 161 countries around the world offer the Cambridge qualifications. It is a part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit department of the 800 years old University of Cambridge
  • Details of Cambridge CHECKPOINT and Checkpoint Tests?
    Cambridge Checkpoint is a new and innovative diagnostic testing service which is proving to be a major landmark in the development of assessment services from UCIE (University of Cambridge International Examination). The tests cover all major areas of learning required in the first years of an international secondary education.
    Cambridge Checkpoint tests are available in English, Mathematics and Science. Checkpoint is not used for any formal qualification, although a Statement of Achievement is produced. There is no fail or pass in checkpoint. It is ways in which CIE can help students make the most of their educational opportunities.
    Each subject has two papers which are approximately one hour each; it helps in IGCSE preparation to get hands on experience on external examination.
    After the test, statement of achievement is received by each student and a report is also given which reflects his or her performance. Checkpoint scores are between 0.0 and 6.0. The average score is between 3.0 and 4.0. The report gives a score for the subject as a whole and for the main topics, so that teachers can identify any important strengths or weaknesses.
  • Checkpoint scores are good indicators of performance in IGCSE.
    Students can score a range of IGCSE grades, because some will work harder and learn more and score better than the predicted grade. They might scoreless if they do not put any additional efforts.
Checkpoint Score Range Probable IGCSE Score Range
0 and 1 F
1 and 2 E
2 and 3 D
3 and 4 C
4 and 5 B
5 and 6 A / B

IGCSE (Grade IX and X):

1) What is IGCSE?
  • The IGCSE is a comprehensive 18 months programme for Grade IX & X. It is a balanced mix of practical experience and theoretical knowledge. It is a universally recognized qualification among international schools and universities worldwide. Various educational skills like recall of knowledge, teamwork, problem solving etc., are developed in this course. The course offers the best in international education and, being in pace with the changing needs, it regularly updates and extends the curriculum. It lays an excellent foundation for students who wish to continue with the IB Curriculum at the pre -university level.

2) What is the advantage of IGCSE?
  • The purpose of IGCSE is to produce global citizens. The IGCSE curriculum focuses on the quality of assignments rather than the quantity of the assignments. It helps developing key learning, problem-solving and investigative skills by encouraging an active, critical and questioning approach to study
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  • The IGCSE has always emphasized adding value within a national context while also contributing to international level. The focus is on, to safeguard distinctive cultural while encouraging an international outlook. Hence, the importance of an appropriate mix of global and local contexts is well recognized as an essential dimension of IGCSE.

  • It provides an ideal foundation for higher-level courses such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, A Levels and the North American APT (Advanced Placement Test)

  • It has worldwide recognition and is equivalent to the Certificate of Secondary Education from Indian education boards, General Certificate of Secondary Education, and O Level
3 ) IGCSE examinations and grades?
  • Examinations are held in May /June and October /November each year with results issued in August and February respectively. Through registered schools students can appear for Cambridge IGCSE.
    The IGCSE examination has an 8-point scale of grades:
    A*, A, B, C, D, E, F and G.
    (Grade A* is awarded for exceptional levels of achievement). To take account of differing abilities, students are given choice between Core and Extended curriculum papers in most subjects. This allows teachers to decide on the most appropriate level of papers for their students. For more academically able students The Extended Curriculum is designed which comprises the Core curriculum and Supplement which leads into higher education or professional training and those students expected to achieve grades A to E.
    Core Curriculum C D E F G
    Extended Curriculum * A B C D E

    The overlapping of three grades (C, D and E) is to accommodate students who perform either better or worse than their teachers expectations. Students who fail to meet the minimum satisfactory standard for either the core curriculum (Grade G) or the extended curriculum (Grade E) will be marked (U).
    CIE issues separate mark sheets for IGCSE; one with Grades and the other with marks. So students do not face any difficulty in securing admission in regular Colleges.
    The best of five policy is not applicable to IGCSE students. However, if the student is passing in 5 subjects including English , he is eligible for HSC admission.

  • 4) Which are the top ten Cambridge IGCSE subjects worldwide?
    More than 70 subjects are available, including more than 30 language courses. However the top ten Cambridge IGCSE subjects worldwide are:
    • Mathematics (Without Coursework)
    • English as a Second Language
    • First Language English
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Geography
    • Literature (English)
    • Business Studies
    • and Communication Technology
    5) Is the IGCSE Programme recognized by Higher Secondary Boards and Universities in India?
    Yes, it is recognized by CBSE, CISCE and state education boards in India as a qualification for entry to class XI or for other higher secondary education courses. It is also recognized as class X qualification, as one of the prerequisites, for admission to undergraduate courses in India. The latest Indian recognition details can be viewed at: www.cie.org.uk/docs/recognition/india_recognition_samples

    6) After completing the IGCSE Programme what are the options available ?
    They can opt for A Level programme in any International school that offers the same.
    IGCSE also qualifies the students for admissions in all the Indian +2 boards (ISC/CBSE/HSC). IGCSE students are eligible for admission to Junior Colleges in Mumbai .It is important to note that students who completed IGCSE can pursue IB Diploma programme as well.

    7) IGCSE Board students are not getting admission in good colleges as the results are strict as compared to SSC board.
    IGCSE helps the students to develop key learning, problem-solving and investigative skills by encouraging an active, critical and questioning approach to study. With a choice of Core and Extended papers in most subjects, the IGCSE is suitable for students with different levels of ability. However, we agree that the SSC students are granted marks very leniently including internal and sports marks. But all reputed colleges have accepted IGCSE and students are admitted for HSC. Even IGCSE students are allowed to fill online application form for HSC admission in Maharashtra.
    8) If the child is in SSC Board, and wants to switch to IGCSE curriculum. Is that possible?
    Yes . If the child is encouraged to have a proper attitude & aptitude he/she can easily switch over from any local Board to IGCSE Board.

AS and A Level (Grade XI and XII):

1) What are Cambridge International AS and A Level exams?
  • Browse www.cie.org.uk/countries/india for list of schools providing IGCSE and A Level curriculum in India.
    Cambridge International Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced (A) Levels are internationally benchmarked qualifications providing excellent preparation for university education. They are part of the Cambridge Advanced stage which is in alignment with the Indian 11th and 12th grade curriculum.
    Cambridge International AS Levels have half the content of the corresponding Cambridge International A Level and may be completed in one year. Schools can offer Cambridge International AS Level as a qualification in its own right or as a stage on the way to Cambridge International A Level. Learners can study Cambridge International AS Level alongside other subjects to increase breadth in the curriculum and build further knowledge and understanding to other subjects they are studying at Cambridge International A Level.

  • 2) Grades available in AS and A level?
  • Each subject that a Cambridge international student takes at AS and A Level receives a separately certified grade. From 2010, the Cambridge International A Level will be reported on a grade scale from A* grade, awarded for the highest level of achievement, to E, indicating the minimum required performance. There is no A* grading in the certification of Cambridge International AS Levels, which will continue to run from Grade A to Grade E. There is no core paper in AS and A level. A Level prepares the students for university education like graduation. It also qualifies the student to appear for entrance exams for any professional course of his / her choice.
    CIE Website Link:www.cie.org.uk