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What are the differences between 0627 and 0990?

Richard Gent | Tuesday February 04, 2020

Categories: KS4, Cambridge iGCSE, Introduction, Cambridge iGCSE English, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Language , IGCSE English Language CIE 0627, IGCSE English Language CIE 0990, 9-1 IGCSE English Literature, IGCSE English Literature CIE 0477, Hot Entries, Writing, Comparing & Contrasting, Contextual Linking, Contextual Research, Informative Account

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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 a C19th text and does not require candidates to compare.
  • There is a greater emphasis on vocabulary and its effects and pieces of specifically directed writing on the writer’s use of language (2b and c)
  • The original R1 in 0627 ‘explicit and implicit meanings and attitudes’ becomes R1 (explicit) and R2 (implicit) in 0990, as the original 02676 R2 ‘compare how writers convey ideas and perspectives’ has gone.

0627

Question 1

Comprehension (30 marks)

  • This question tests the following Reading assessment objectives (30 marks): This comprises a series of sub-questions requiring candidates to...

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