At the end of Year 9, our students sit the Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint tests for English (First Language), Mathematics and Science. These exams are marked in Cambridge, UK against an international benchmark to gain important feedback before they move onto IGCSE.

By following the Cambridge Pathway, we ensure that our students are meeting the high academic standards expected of an international school.

What do the results mean

Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint results are scored between 0.0 and 6.0 – the higher the score, the better the performance. These scores help to provide forecast grades for their IGCSEs. Students are also provided with detailed diagnostic reports that help them understand which areas they are struggling with and where they can work to improve in time for IGCSEs.

At Hillview International School, our students consistently achieve very high marks in the Cambridge Secondary Checkpoint examinations.

Checkpoint score Predicted IGCSE grade
6.0 A*
5.0 to 5.9 A
4.0 to 4.9 B
3.0 to 3.9 C
2.0 to 2.9 D
1.0 to 1.9 E
0.0 to 0.9 F/G

Our performance

We are very proud to have some of the best Lower Secondary Checkpoint results in Africa.

  • 40% of all papers sat by our students achieve a 5.0 or greater, forecasting an A or A* grade when that student goes on to take their IGCSEs.
  • A further 37% of all papers sat by our students achieve between 4.0 and 4.9, forecasting a B grade in that subject at IGCSE.

* – statistics include all students who completed Year 9 at Hillview International School since our school’s foundation.