Exam Advice


The course

This book is designed to cover all of the learning outcomes for the IGCSE Physics syllabus for examinations from 2012 onwards. You should be aware that the syllabus can vary slightly from year to year. There is, in places, material which is not in the syllabus but is included for completeness.

Exam Structure

Extended Format (For grade A*, A, B etc)

  • Paper 1: 45 minute paper with 40 multiple choice questions and is weighted at 30% of final mark.
  • Paper 3: 1hour 15 minute paper with extended theory questions with 80 marks and is weighted at 50% of final mark.
  • Paper 6: The alternative to practical paper is 1 hour long and is weighted at 20% of final mark.

Core Format (maximum grade C)

  • Paper 1: 45 minute paper with 40 multiple choice questions and is weighted at 30% of final mark.
  • Paper 2: 1hour 15 minute paper with short answer structured questions with 80 marks and is weighted at 50% of final mark.
  • Paper 6: The alternative to practical paper is 1 hour long and is weighted at 20% of final mark.

I cannot provide past papers for you through this site (so please don't ask me!) since Cambridge International Examinations owns the copyright to these documents.

However, some past exam papers (theory and practical) along with mark schemes can be downloaded from the Cambridge International Examinations site.

At the moment the following papers and mark schemes are available from the Cambridge International Examinations website (clicking a link will open the document up from the Cambridge International Examinations website in an online Google Docs viewer):

Paper 2

Paper 3

Paper 6

The examiner's reports are very useful to help you identify where students made common mistakes (so that you can avoid the same mistakes)

(Your teacher may well have access to other past papers, etc.)