Q: What is IGCSE?

A: IGCSE is the Level 10 high school exams offered by the 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, home schoolers who sit for the IGCSE exams as private candidates have generally done well.



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:




Business Studies


Chinese – First Language

Chinese (Mandarin) – Foreign Language


English – First Language

English – Literature



Malay – Foreign Language


Mathematics – Additional


Religious Studies

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.

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