Cambridge Assessment International Education programmes and qualifications lead seamlessly from primary through secondary and pre-university years.

They have a proven reputation for being an excellent preparation for university, employment and life.

Cambridge Primary Checkpoint

The Cambridge Primary Checkpoint Programme gives schools a framework to develop mathematics, English and science skills and knowledge in young children aged six to 11 years.

It can help your institution by:

  • offering guidance for curriculum development and classroom teaching and learning
  • allowing teachers to assess children’s learning as they progress
  • offering feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses in the key curriculum areas of English, mathematics and science. 

There are two types of test:

Progression Tests 

Progression Tests are for school use only and are available whenever the teacher wants to use them. Their results can be analysed to produce information to aid teaching and learning.

Achievement Tests

Achievement Tests are intended for the end of the final year of primary schooling. The British Council administers the tests within a specified timeframe.

At Grade 6 students receive a Certificate of Achievement showing how they have performed.

Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint

The Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint builds on the primary stage, and develops children’s knowledge and skills in mathematics, English and science. Checkpoint tests are for use at the end of Grade 8.

It offers schools:

  • a means of tracking student progress through the lower secondary phase
  • an integrated package of teaching, learning and assessment materials.

Cambridge Checkpoint enables feedback to be provided on a learner's strengths and weaknesses in key curriculum areas. Feedback of this kind is an invaluable source of information. Schools and colleges will be able to make strategic decisions, drawing upon a pool of information and specialist reporting tools built into Checkpoint. 

The tests cover all major areas of learning required in the first years of an international secondary education. Learners receive a Statement of Achievement, which gives an indication of their academic progress during this education stage.

Using the Primary and Lower Secondary Programme alongside the local curriculum

Schools can use the Cambridge Secondary Programme with other curricula, so schools and teachers can use the materials to suit their own situation. 

Schools and teachers can continue to follow a local curriculum, to meet the statutory requirements of their national system – and at the same time, use the Cambridge tests to enhance their teaching and reporting.

The tests can be offered at two sessions during the year and they are marked by Cambridge Assessment International Education and provide schools with an external international benchmark for learner performance.