Past exam material

Past exam material

Examination hall

The majority of the exam publications in our archives are held as hard copy documents. However, we are in the process of producing soft copies of one session from each decade, from 1950 to date, of the major subjects for O Level/GCSE and A Level. 

There is no overall guide or list of all the past examination publications held. This is because every session, from the 1870s to date is unique with its own archive of syllabuses, question papers, reports etc. For this reason, when making a request for a particular item please be aware of the following:

  • For each subject, in any given year, there may be a number of different syllabuses. For example, there are 5 GCSE Mathematics syllabuses for 1997.
  • Each syllabus has between two and seven question papers per session.
  • For a large number of syllabuses there are two sessions a year – a winter and a summer session - with an equal number of examination papers for each session.
  • Some so-called 'question papers' may be coursework papers or case studies, so no 'question paper' will be available.
  • Examiners’ reports were not produced for all examinations before 1980.
  • Marking schemes were first published for GCSE examinations in 1991, introduced for UK GCE A Level examinations in 1993 and were first introduced for some Cambridge Assessment International Education exams in 2000.
  • Marking schemes correspond with each question paper, not subject or syllabus, so where they exist there is a separate marking scheme for each question paper.

Research Matters

Research Matters is our free biannual publication which allows us to share our assessment research, in a range of fields, with the wider assessment community.

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