Annual Review

Annual Review

Our Annual Review provides an interesting snapshot of activity across the organisation and each year we present our formal Annual Report and accounts to the Council of the University of Cambridge.

2017-2018 edition


It has been a very successful year, one of continued strong growth internationally. In the year covered by this report – August 2017 to July 2018 – we have generated revenue of £438m, up by six per cent on last year.

That growth has been driven in particular by increasing demand for IELTS (International English Language Testing System), the high-stakes English test for study, migration or work that is jointly owned by Cambridge Assessment English, the British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. Over three million tests were taken in the past year, with demand growing particularly strongly in India and Canada.

It was also a successful year for Cambridge English Qualifications, with increasing entries across the world for the full range of English language exams from A2 Key to C2 Proficiency, as well as Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers, a series of fun and engaging activity-based English language exams.

Cambridge Assessment International Education also grew strongly, with total entries up by eight per cent internationally on June 2017. Globally, over half a million students took Cambridge IGCSE, O Level and International AS & A Level exams this year and will now be planning their next steps into further education or the world of work. There has also been a six per cent growth in the number of schools internationally which offer Cambridge programmes.

And it was another busy year for our UK exam board OCR in which it marked nearly one million GCSE exam papers and nearly 600,000 AS and A Levels in summer 2018 alone.