The objective of Cambridge International Examination (CIE) is to prepare students for life by enabling them to develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. It finds resonance with our own Mission Statement at Bangalore International School which outlines our endeavour to promote the all round development of students with the acquisition of principles and skills for life. Adhering to CIE’s approach, we at BIS have made conscious efforts to make our students confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged individuals, equipped to face new and future challenges and make a difference to their immediate society and the world at large.

Being accredited by the University of Cambridge International Examinations Syndicate, BIS has also been a centre for Cambridge International Examinations for over a decade. Our students have consistently made us proud by securing excellent grades in Checkpoint, IGCSE, Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced Level examinations. With each examination series, we have new reasons to feel proud at the achievements of our students and also the effort of our teachers. Over the years, we have heard many success stories from our alumni who have gone on to excel in their higher studies and careers.

About CIE Programmes and Qualifications Offered at BIS:

Cambridge ICT Starters:

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is now part of the educational experience worldwide and regarded as a new form of ‘literacy’ alongside reading, writing and numeracy.

Cambridge ICT Starters introduce learners, typically aged 5 to 14 years, to the key ICT applications that they need to achieve computer literacy and understand the impact of technology in our daily lives.

At BIS, students from Grade 3 to Grade 8 take the ICT Examinations.

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Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint:

Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint tests have been designed to assess learners at the end of Cambridge Secondary 1. They are available in English, English as a second language, 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 us with an external international benchmark for learner performance. Each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report.

At BIS, Grade 8 students appear for the April series of Checkpoint examinations.

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Cambridge IGCSE:

Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.

At BIS, students in Grade 9 and Grade 10 study IGCSE syllabus and they appear for examinations in Grade 10. There are various subjects offered to them under different combinations.

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Cambridge ICE:

Cambridge ICE is a group award for Cambridge IGCSE that offers a broad and balanced curriculum by recognising the achievements of learners who pass examinations in at least seven Cambridge IGCSE subjects from five different subject groups, including two different languages.

At BIS, we offer subject choices for the students in a manner that enables them to simultaneously qualify for this award.

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Cambridge International AS and A level:

Thousands of learners worldwide gain places at leading universities every year with Cambridge International AS and A Levels. The syllabuses develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills.

Cambridge International A Level is typically a two-year course, and Cambridge International AS Level is a one year course.

At BIS, students who continue with CIE and the newly joined students who would like to pursue Cambridge qualifications, take the AS level in Grade 11 and A level in Grade 12.

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Cambridge AICE Diploma

The Cambridge AICE Diploma is a group certificate which requires learners to study a compulsory core subject, Cambridge AS Level Global Perspectives & Research, with Cambridge AS and A Level subjects drawn from three curriculum areas: mathematics and science (Group 1), languages (Group 2), and arts and humanities (Group 3). There is an option to study interdisciplinary and skills-based subjects (Group 4)

At BIS, students who continue with CIE and the newly joined students who would like to pursue Cambridge qualifications, take AS level in Grade 11 and A level in Grade 12.

At BIS, this additional qualification is offered to our AS and A level students. For more information click here

With balanced and flexible curricula, we believe CIE offers an international perspective to education. As we partner with our students in their quest for knowledge, we hope to scale newer heights with our endeavour to follow the best practices in imparting quality education.


Mitali Biswas

Vijay D'Souza

CIE Coordinator