Cambridge Checkpoint

Teacher and students with computers

Cambridge Checkpoint tests have been designed to assess learning at the end of Cambridge Secondary 1. They are available in English, mathematics and science, and give valuable feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses before they progress to the next stage of education.

The tests are marked in Cambridge and provide schools with an external international benchmark for learner performance. Each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report, giving schools detailed information and parents extra trust in the feedback they receive.

We hold two Cambridge Checkpoint test series each year, in May and October. The tests cover all major areas of learning in the Cambridge Secondary 1 curriculum frameworks for English, mathematics and science. Schools teaching the Cambridge Secondary 1 English as a Second Language curriculum can enter learners for tests provided by our sister organisation, Cambridge English Language Assessment. The Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools (PET) is suitable for learners at Cambridge Secondary 1 stage.

Feedback reports

Schools use the feedback from Cambridge Checkpoint to make strategic decisions, drawing upon a pool of information and specialist reporting tools that are built into the tests.

The Cambridge Checkpoint feedback reports enable teachers to:

  • Tailor individual learning programmes
  • Monitor group and individual performance
  • Compare the performance of all learners taking tests in that session
  • Manage learning programmes within schools and as learners move between schools
  • Predict performance in learners’ formal examinations.

The test feedback measures a learner’s performance in relation to:

  • The curriculum framework
  • Their teaching group
  • A whole school cohort
  • Previous years’ learners.

Learner report

The report on a learner gives:

  • A Cambridge Checkpoint score for the whole subject
  • A Cambridge Checkpoint score for each main topic/skill
  • A list of the questions (and the sub-topics/skills) where the candidate’s performance was particularly strong or particularly weak
  • A statement of achievement.

Teaching group report

The report on a teaching group gives:

  • An average Cambridge Checkpoint score for the whole subject
  • An average Cambridge Checkpoint score for each main topic/skill
  • A list of sub-topics/skills with comments on the performance of the group
  • The Cambridge Checkpoint scores of each learner on the subject and on each main topic/skill
  • The marks scored by each learner on each question.

School report

The report on a school gives:

  • An average Cambridge Checkpoint score for the whole subject
  • An average Cambridge Checkpoint score for each main topic/skill
  • A list of sub-topics/skills with comments on the performance of the learners.

End-of-session report

The end-of-session report gives the results of the whole cohort, from all schools worldwide, broken down by age and first language, so that schools can compare their own results with those of similar learners. The report also gives the examiner’s comments on the test.