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Estimated entries - general queries

What are estimated entries?

Estimated entries are your calculation of the number of candidates you will enter for examinations that are timetabled before the main series. This helps make sure we send you enough question papers for any examinations that take place before the main examination series starts.

Schools that have made estimated entries must still submit final entries at the required time and fees are based on the final entry information received.

How do I work out my estimated entries?

Work out your estimated entries based on the number of candidates studying the subject or the number of candidates you are expecting to recruit. If you are unsure whether you are going to enter any candidates for a particular examination, then submit at least one candidate. This will make sure you receive one set of the examination materials.

Why is it essential to make estimated entries?

Certain syllabuses and components may require key examination materials to be despatched to schools before the deadline for the submission of final entries. This would include entries which consist of oral examinations, or a science practical examination. In these cases, Cambridge requires an estimated entry to be sent indicating the overall number of candidates expected to sit these components, so that the necessary materials can be despatched.

Cambridge does not require estimated entries for every syllabus entry option, and the Estimated Entry Form lists only those syllabuses where an early despatch of examination materials is scheduled. Schools do not need to submit estimated entries for subjects which are not listed on the Estimated Entry Form, or for entry options which are greyed out on the form.

If we do not have your estimated entry information, it will affect our ability to meet published schedules for sending these materials to you.

How do I make estimated entries?

You can find the forms in the Support Materials section of CIE Direct in March for the November series and September for the following June series. The forms list the syllabuses and components for the examinations that are timetabled before the main series. Send your completed forms to info@cie.org.uk.

If you make major changes to the number of candidates after submitting your form, please email us to let us know.

What is the deadline for estimated entries?

The estimated entry deadline for General Qualifications and Checkpoint tests for the May/June examination series is 10 October, and the deadline for the October/November examination series is 10 April.

The estimated entry deadline for Cambridge Pre-U for the June examination series is 10 October.

We appreciate that there may be major changes in student numbers for any syllabuses or options after your estimated entries have been submitted. If this is the case, please inform Customer Services by email at info@cie.org.uk.

What if my school is not planning on making any entries?

If you do not intend to enter any students at all, you should fill in your centre number and tick the Nil Entry box on the second page of the estimated entry form and return it to Cambridge.

What if my school plans to make entries, but not for the subjects listed?

If you do not intend to enter students for any of the subjects listed on the estimated entry form, you should fill in your centre number and tick the Nil Entry box on the second page of the estimated entry form and return it to Cambridge. Submitting a Nil Entry on your estimated entry form will not affect your ability to send final entries later.

Why are estimated entries needed for all Cambridge Pre-U subjects?

Estimated entries are normally only required for specific subjects where key examination materials are to be despatched to schools before the deadline for the submission of final entries. However, as Cambridge Pre-U is a relatively new qualification, Cambridge monitors the entry levels for all subjects closely in order to aid the planning process for each examination series. As such, Cambridge asks that estimated entries are provided for all Pre-U subjects, even if early materials are not expected.

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