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You need to submit samples of your candidates’ coursework and speaking tests so that we can moderate your marks. Moderation ensures that candidates across all Cambridge Centres have been assessed against the same standards.
For examined coursework, instead of submitting samples you submit the work of all your candidates to Cambridge.
The samples database explains everything you need to know about administering coursework, speaking test and examined coursework components. The database tells you:
• when to submit your marks
• when and how to submit your candidates' work
• which forms to complete and return with your candidates' work.
To ensure you are always using the most up-to-date version of this database, download it at www.cie.org.uk/samples or from the ‘Exams officers’ section of our website each time you need to refer to it. If you save it to your device and refer to it at a later date, you may not be using the most up-to-date version.
VIDEO: Our video explains how to find the sampling requirements for each component using the samples database.
Samples database transcript
VIDEO: The samples database shows you which forms to complete and submit with your samples. Our video explains how to complete these forms.
Completing coursework and speaking test forms transcript
If you work in a UK Centre, for the majority of coursework components, we select the candidates whose work you need to include in your sample. The list of candidates whose work you need to include in your sample will be in the ‘My Messages’ section of CIE Direct approximately two working days after we have received and processed your internally assessed marks.
Once you have checked the samples database, you need to pack your candidates' work correctly and send it to us so that it arrives before the deadline. More information about packing and despatching samples is in Part 3 of the Cambridge Handbook.
You can download copies of the course work identification and coursework return labels from the right hand side of the page.
We moderate/examine a range of components, for example, speaking tests and coursework, where the evidence you need to submit may include digital files, such as music recordings, speaking tests, video and photographs. If you need to submit digital files you must make sure they can be accessed and viewed or heard by our moderators/examiners. Download our guidance document Submitting digital files from the right-hand side of the page for more information.
For extra guidance submitting coursework and speaking tests, watch our video.
VIDEO: This video shows you how select, pack and submit Cambridge coursework samples.
Selecting, packing and submitting coursework samples transcript
We will normally return coursework samples after we have issued results and certificates. We may keep some items of coursework for research, exhibition, archive or educational purposes.
We charge a fee per component to return Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design work (0400/01 and 02). To apply for the return of Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design work please complete and return ‘Teacher Assessment – Form 5’, which is available from the right-hand side of the page.
Download the guidance from the right hand side of the page to find out how to prepare the work for submission and how to submit it through the Secure Exchange.
Once you have submitted the work our examiners and moderators log in to the Secure Exchange, download the work and start marking or moderating it.