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Forecast grades - general queries

What is a Forecast Grade?

A Forecast Grade is the grade a teacher expects a student to achieve for the syllabus. It must be a realistic prediction of what the student is expected to achieve in the examination. It is not intended to be the teacher's assessment of the quality of the student's work during the course, or of the effort that the student has made. In the case of an assessment that the student has already partly completed (e.g. a Cambridge International A Level subject in which the student has already achieved a contributory Cambridge International AS Level result), the Forecast Grade should relate to the overall qualification including the part already assessed.

Why should I submit Forecast Grades?

Cambridge uses Forecast Grade information:

  • for the purpose of grading, as a check by comparing actual grades with Forecast Grades
  • in instances where a student's script may have been lost in the post
  • in cases of Special Consideration

Schools are advised that it could disadvantage students if Forecast Grade information is not supplied when the information is available.

How do I submit Forecast Grades?

Schools are requested to submit Forecast Grades for students for General Qualifications.

Forecast Grades can be submitted either by using the Forecast Grade Form (F1) or via the Dashboard on CIE Direct by the dates shown below. If schools use the Forecast Grade Form (F1) these must be returned to Cambridge in the envelope provided for this purpose (sent with the pre-exam despatch before each examination series). Schools are requested to submit Forecast Grades for students for Cambridge International Diploma timetabled modules using only the Forecast Grade Forms (F1) provided. These must be submitted by the dates shown below.

May/June examination series 30 April for Cambridge AICE (Half Credit), Cambridge International A/AS, Cambridge O Level & IGCSE, and The Diplomas
November examination series 31 October for Cambridge AICE (Half Credit), Cambridge International A/AS, Cambridge O Level and IGCSE
October/November examination series 30 September for The Diplomas

Do I need to submit Forecast Grades for private candidates?

Forecast Grades are not required for anyone sitting examinations as a private candidate. It is usual practice for schools to enter X on the Forecast Grade form or CIE Direct for private candidates.

Do I need to submit Forecast Grades for Cambridge Checkpoint?

You do not need to submit forecast grades for Cambridge Primary or Secondary Checkpoint candidates.

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