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What are the differences between 0627 and 0990?

Richard Gent | Tuesday February 04, 2020

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What are the differences between 0627 and 0990?

  • Syllabus 0627 replaced syllabus 0522 for examination from 2017 onwards
  • Paper 1 and Paper 2 are graded using a numerical grading scale of 9–1

Paper 1

  •  0627 Reading Passages is 2 hours 10 minutes and is worth 50% of the total marks.
  • There are three questions: Comprehension; Summary; Comprehension and Comparison.
  • The three unseen passages for Paper 1 will be taken from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

In Syllabus 0990 Paper One Reading Passages is two hours and is worth 50% of the total marks.

There are three questions:

Comprehension and Summary

  • Short answer language tasks
  • A longer (2-300 word) response to the writer’s effects
  • An extended response to reading. Cambridge IGCSE (9–1) First Language English 0990 syllabus for 2020, 2021 and 2022 all candidates now have access to grades 9-1.

Paper 1 – Reading

  • Written paper, 2 hours, 80 marks
  • Candidates answer three compulsory questions on three texts, which may be on a similar topic. Candidates write all their answers in the space provided on the question paper.
  • Text A and Text B will be 550-600 words in length and Text C will be 750 words in length.

Candidates should spend approximately 15 minutes reading the texts.

The texts will be printed on the question paper insert.

  • 0990 is shorter, does not contain…

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