Baseline Assessments

Aims and Objectives of Baseline Assessments

The purpose of baseline assessment is to establish a point from which future measurements and predictions can be calculated.

Teachers can use baseline data to plan effectively for each pupil's learning needs.

Allowing teachers to identify students' strengths and weaknesses and tailor their teaching effectively, helping the teacher plan learning for both the class and the individual student.

Use the data to set motivational and predictive targets using Benchmark Assessments.

Cambridge IGCSE Level English Baseline Assessment

A benchmark assessment is designed to measure students’ understanding of syllabus concepts and standards. The purpose of benchmarking is to offer suggestions and guide the learning process. There are certain concepts with which students need to be familiar if they are to register in a specific level in any educational curriculum. While other curricula might not align perfectly with Cambridge, there are certain concepts that are common to all English programmes of study, and it is these that the benchmarking attempts to assess.

 The results of the assessment will determine the level at which the student is expected to achieve mastery in the Cambridge programme. Furthermore, the results will ascertain whether any intervention is necessary before placement takes place. 

In the English IGCSE benchmark assessment the following is evaluated: 

• Punctuation 
• Sentence construction 
• Syntax 
• Tenses 
• Commonly confused words 
• Spelling 
• Figurative language 
• Emotive language

Cambridge IGCSE Level Mathematics Baseline Assessment 

The Boston benchmark assessments are aimed at learners wanting to enter the IGCSE level Mathematics programme and is tested on an entry level. The curriculum specification for different curriculums followed may differ and this results in a benchmark assessment only able to cover and include the more general topics. The assessment will provide a learner with an indication in terms of their readiness to pursue the IGCSE level Math. Cambridge do not prescribe these, nor any other assessment as such, but we provide these with the intention to give a learner an experience of the Cambridge assessment approach and also assessing some fundamental aspects that a learner need to have mastered in their previous studies. 

The topics on which the questions are based include: 

• Number 
• Computation 
• Sequences 
• Algebra 
• Measurement 

This Benchmark Assessment is a measuring instrument, the results of which are merely an indication of the baseline skills of the student, what has been mastered and what areas may be in need of development or remediation. Different educational curricula have different criteria for competency and any student embarking on a new curriculum may need to adapt to alternative paradigms of thinking and assessment techniques. For this reason, only suggestions can be made about the student’s readiness and potential to enter a certain level in the Cambridge curriculum. 

Cambridge IGCSE Level Physics Baseline Assessment

Cambridge IGCSE Physics encourages a deeper understanding and appreciation of a learner’s physical environment. This stimulates the learner with the opportunity to nurture an informed interest in science and scientific development. The assessed topics will be familiar to students that have completed the Cambridge Lower Secondary Science courses (Stage 7, 8 and 9). The benchmark test will assess basic knowledge, concepts and skills to determine if the learner is adequately prepared to successfully complete the IGCSE Physics curriculum.

For IGCSE Physics the following basic topics will be assessed in this benchmark test:

• Motion and forces
• Energy
• Electricity
• States of matter
• Atomic structure
• Space physics
• Sound and light waves

Cambridge IGCSE Level Chemistry Baseline Assessment 

Chemistry is considered “the centre of science” since it deals with everything in the world from “everyday material objects” to the “how our brain functions” at a molecular level. Good knowledge of chemistry will influence how a learner interacts with their immediate surroundings.

The IGCSE chemistry subject will guide learners into a deeper understanding of Chemistry guided by the Cambridge Curriculum.

For IGCSE Chemistry the following basic topics will be assessed in this benchmark test:

• States of matter
• Elements and compounds
• Mixtures
• Material properties
• Material changes
• Energy changes