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Cambridge Assessment International Education

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Cambridge Assessment International Education
Formation1858; 166 years ago (1858)[1]
Legal statusDepartment of the University of Cambridge
Parent organisation
Cambridge University Press & Assessment
Formerly called
(University of) Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge Assessment International Education (informally known as Cambridge International or simply Cambridge and formerly known as CIE, Cambridge International Examinations) is a provider of international qualifications, offering examinations and qualifications to 10,000 schools in more than 160 countries.[2][3] It is a non-profit and non-teaching department of the University of Cambridge.[4][5]


Cambridge Assessment is part of the University of Cambridge[6] and was founded in 1858 as the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate.[1] It would later on become known as (University of) Cambridge International Examinations, or simply CIE. As part of a restructuring process of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press were merged to form Cambridge University Press & Assessment and CIE eventually became CAIE: Cambridge Assessment International Education.[7][8]

For more detailed histories go to University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and Cambridge University Press.


Cambridge Assessment offers primarily school-leaving qualifications for university entrance such as the Cambridge International General Certificate of Education – Advanced Level (Cambridge International GCE A-levels).[9] In addition, Cambridge Assessment provides Key Stage examinations for primary and secondary schools internationally.[10]


Former logo of CIE

Cambridge qualifications are recognized for admission by all UK universities as well as universities in the United States (Stanford and all Ivy League universities), Canada, the European Union, the Middle East, West Asia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kazakhstan as well as in other countries.[11]


Cambridge Assessment is engaged in partnerships with governments of 25 countries on integrated curriculum and assessment design and professional development for teachers.[12]


As part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives, Cambridge Assessment provides charitable support for children from troubled backgrounds.[13][14]


Cambridge Assessment International Education has been criticized for continuing its colonial educational practices in its literature curricula. A study showed that Cambridge Assessment privileges European male authors and consistently under-represents female authors from developing countries. The study further suggested that it has limited consideration for third world countries and their culture and customs when it comes to their international secondary school coursebooks.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Cambridge Assessment – Heritage".
  2. ^ "Cambridge: About".
  3. ^ "Cambridge Assessment – Portrait".
  4. ^ "Inside the secret location that's home to 8 million exam papers". Cambridge News. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Who we are". Cambridge Assessment.
  6. ^ "Colleges and Departments". University of Cambridge. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  7. ^ "CUP and Cambridge Assessment complete merger". The Bookseller. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Our Story - Timeline". Cambridge University Press & Assessment. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Cambridge International A-Levels". Cambridge. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Cambridge International Programmes and Qualifications".
  11. ^ "Cambridge International Programmes – Recognition".
  12. ^ "Working with Governments". Cambridge Assessment.
  13. ^ "Philanthropy". S.O.S. Children's Villages.
  14. ^ "Charity". Street Child United.
  15. ^ Golding, David; Kopsick, Kyle (1 April 2019). "The colonial legacy in Cambridge Assessment literature syllabi". Curriculum Perspectives. 39 (1): 7–17. doi:10.1007/s41297-018-00062-0. ISSN 2367-1793.

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