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A new Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint English as a Second Language test is now available. This will enable learners whose first language is not English to take a Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint test produced specifically with their language needs in mind. The assessment is made up of three papers and tests English usage, writing and listening.
Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint tests assess learning at the end of the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme (typically for learners aged 11 to 14 years). They are already 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 available twice a year in May and October and are marked in Cambridge to provide an international benchmark of learner performance. Each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report.
We have developed the new Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint English as a Second Language test in collaboration with our sister organisation Cambridge English Language Assessment - the world’s leading provider of qualifications for learners and teachers of English. Their qualifications are developed using research from one of the world’s largest teams of language experts.
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We offer a range of support to help Cambridge Secondary 1 teachers plan and deliver the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme. This support has been updated to include materials for Cambridge Secondary 1 English as a Second Language. Schools registered for Cambridge Secondary 1 have free access to our secure Cambridge Secondary 1 support site.
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