English examinations

Students throughout the school are entered for a number of different international examinations. In the Upper School students are entered for Cambridge ESOL examinations, IGCSE examinations and most students also study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.


Success in these examinations has led to an increasing number of Markham students continuing their education after school by entering some of the best universities around the world.


Preliminary English Test (PET)



We have gradually moved this examination down the school and it is now taken in Primary 5.


A pass in this examination indicates that a student has acquired sufficient English skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening to operate efficiently in an English-speaking country.


In 2018, 143 students, comprising the whole of the P5 year group, were entered for the examination with over half of them, 55.24% obtaining the top 2 grades in the examination.



First Certificate in English (FCE)



As with PET, we have gradually moved this examination down the school. It was originally taken in S5 but is now sat by all students in S2.


FCE is an intermediate-level examination that tests the level of English required for further academic study at university or clerical, secretarial and managerial work in business. Successful candidates receive a certificate awarded by the University of Cambridge recognised by universities and employers throughout the world.


In 2018 we are pleased to report very good results with 129 students gaining pass grades of A – C with 50% of the students gained the top 2 grades in the examination.



Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)



Most students at Markham follow the two year IB Diploma programme. Those who opt to study the one year National Programme are entered for the CAE. The CAE is a high-level English examination that requires both ability and motivation from the students if they are to do well. In 2017, 32 students passed this examination with grades A – C.


Local and foreign universities give English course credits for passes in FCE and CAE and possession of these certificates will be of great value in future academic study.