IGCSE EDUCATION – Q & A
Q: What is IGCSE?
A: IGCSE is the Level 10 high school exams offered by the U.K. Cambridge University and is accepted as equivalent to our local Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) certificate exams.The IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14-16 year olds. It develops successful students, giving them excellent preparation for their next steps in education, including progression to A Level study, and equips them with skills for immediate employment. Cambridge IGCSE is recognised by universities and employers worldwide. In Malaysia, homeschoolers who sit for the IGCSE exams as private candidates have generally done well.
Q: Why aren’t homeschoolers opting for SPM?
A: The Malaysian Ministry of Education allows homeschoolers to sit for the SPM examination (Form 5 examination) in the year they attain 18 years of age. Presently all examination subjects are in Bahasa Malaysia except for Mathematics and the Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics). However the Government has announced that the policy of teaching Mathematics and Science in English will cease in 2012 and revert to Bahasa Malaysia in national schools.
Q: What happens after a student completes the IGCSE exams?
A: When a student achieves a minimum 5 credits in the IGCSE (more would be better) he is qualified to apply to any of the following:
Study for the A Levels exams, and thereafter apply to enter most private universities locally, or any university in Commonwealth countries (UK, Australia, etc) as well as America
Sign up for a pre-university course at most private universities locally, and thereafter, proceed to a degree programme locally or abroad
Enrol in an American university to begin a 4-year degree programme
Note: A number of homeschoolers apply to US universities with their IGCSE certificates together with SAT results in English/Maths. If a student does not have admissible SAT test scores, he will be required to sit for SAT during his 1st year in the university.
Q: What range of subjects are offered in the IGCSE exams?
A: Malaysian homeschoolers are known to sit for any of the following:
Chinese – First Language
Chinese (Mandarin) – Foreign Language
English – First Language
English – Literature
Malay – Foreign Language
Mathematics – Additional
Sciences – Co-ordinated (Double)
Q: Where can I get information regarding syllabus and examination application/services?
A: Visit the University of Cambridge International Examinations site for more details on syllabus and qualifications. For registration forms, time-tables, and services, visit the British Council website.
Q: Where can I get a look at IGCSE past year papers?
A: You can view and download 2002-2009 IGCSE past years papers here at freeexampapers.com for FREE.
Q: How do I prepare my homeschooling teen for IGCSE exams?
A: A number of homeschoolers in the country have successfully studied for the exams at home as the culmination of their homeschooling journey. In this D-I-Y approach, parents either guide their children themselves or enlist the help of private tutors to complement their studies.
Q. Where can i find the syllabus for Cambridge A Levels & IGCSE ?
A: Please check out the following websites ......
A Levels subject/ syllabus website
IGCSE for O Levels subject/ syllabus website