- What is the difference between syllabus 0510 and 0511?
- What is the difference between the Speaking Test (component 5) for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (0510 and 0511) and the Speaking and Listening Test (component 5) for Cambridge IGCSE First Language English (0500)?
- Do I need to record all the candidates for IGCSE English as a Second Language (0510 and 0511) component 5, Speaking test?
- We have received two sets of teacher’s notes and topic cards, should they be reused?
- In what format should I submit the recorded sample for IGCSE English as a Second Language (0510 and 0511) component 5, Speaking test?
- Changes to marks and weighting from 2024 onward
- IGCSE English as a Second Language 0510 (speaking endorsement):
The speaking component for Cambridge IGCSE English Second Language 0510 is a 'speaking endorsement' - in other words, it is certificated separately from the main grade awarded for the written papers, on a scale of 1-5 (as opposed to the standard IGCSE grade scale of A*-U). Performance in this component does not affect the syllabus grade for the written papers. The speaking component is a compulsory component of the IGCSE English Second Language syllabus which is recognised by many UK and international universities. For full details of how the 0510 Speaking test (component 5) should be conducted, please refer to the current syllabus.
- IGCSE English as a Second Language 0511 (count-in speaking):
The speaking component of 0511/05 contributes 20% to the final syllabus grade. It is reported on a standard IGCSE grade scale of A* to G. The other components are weighted as follows: Reading/Writing 60%, Listening 20%.
What is the difference between the Speaking Test (component 5) for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (0510 and 0511) and the Speaking and Listening Test (component 5) for Cambridge IGCSE First Language English (0500)?
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language
The Speaking Test for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (0510 and 0511) requires candidates to respond to a speaking assessment card. Before the test period, we send Centres a range of speaking assessment cards. Each card introduces a topic for discussion between the teacher/examiner and the candidate, and includes prompts for the development of the conversation. The examiner, and not the candidate, selects an appropriate topic for discussion from the speaking assessment cards available. We also send Centres an accompanying set of teacher's notes.
The test consists of:
- a welcome and an explanation of the format of the test
- a non-assessed 'warm-up' conversation (approximately 2-3 minutes)
- time for the candidate to read the test card and prepare a response (approximately 2-3 minutes) the assessed conversation lasting approximately 6-9 minutes.
The candidates' performance is assessed using the speaking assessment criteria in the syllabus. There are ten marks available for each of the following strands:
- development and fluency.
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English
The Speaking and Listening Test for Cambridge IGCSE First Language English (0500) requires candidates to prepare an individual task in advance of the test (for example, a presentation, a talk, a speech, a monologue) on a topic of their own choice.
The test consists of:
- the candidate talking for about 3-4 minutes on this single topic or theme
- a conversation between the teacher/examiner and the candidate about the candidate's topic or theme for about 6-7 minutes.
We do not send any materials to Centres before the test. All the materials the Centre requires are in the syllabus. The test is assessed using the oral assessment criteria in the syllabus. There are ten marks available for each of the following strands:
- the individual task
- speaking in the discussion
- listening in the discussion.
Yes, the tests of all candidates must be recorded, regardless of the size of the sample required. This is in the interests of fairness to all candidates. In addition, it may be necessary for Cambridge to request a second sample from the school in the event that the sample received is unsatisfactory, or that the process of internal moderation conducted at the school has not produced a reliable rank order of candidates.
The subject specialist has advised that for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language component 5, teachers retain the cards throughout the series (that is to say, until the end of the speaking test window) and reuse the same set. There is one set for teachers with the notes, and one set to be used with candidates during the test. Candidates should be given the card at the start of the warm-up (Part C) and refer to the card during part D of the exam. Candidates are not allowed to make written notes at any time, so the cards should be unmarked throughout, and therefore reusable. Candidates must not leave the examination room with any speaking test cards as this would be a breach of security.
Samples must be submitted as an audio recording on CD or USB stick. Recordings must be saved as MPEG Audio Layer 3 (.mp3). Each candidate's recording must be saved as a separate file. For full details please look at the Samples Database, here.
Syllabuses 0510 and 0511 (and 9-1 equivalents 0993 and 0991), Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language, have changed for 2024. The raw marks and overall weightings have changed too.
However, the awarding standard of a syllabus does not change when structural changes are implemented. Our aim is to maintain the standard of the qualification, and this means that the standard of candidate work required to achieve a certain grade in that syllabus does not vary from year-to-year.
During the grading process, where we determine grade thresholds for all components and options, we look at a range of centre information, such as forecast grades and the performance of different cohorts of candidates, to help us ensure that the standard of a qualification is maintained from one year to another. The number of marks a candidate needs to achieve a particular grade may change, but the awarding standard does not. Grade thresholds are only set after a question paper has been sat and marked and we are therefore not able to publish these in advance.
For further details refer to the relevant syllabus document on our website.