Exam season at IIL

23 May 2017

Silence please! It is exam time again at IIL as students in the English secondary section are nearing the end of their IGCSE and IB courses. In total, 123 different examinations will be taken at school by our year 11 and year 13 students during the months of May and June. This amounts to 180 hours of testing, the culmination of two years hard work by the students. Our single largest examination session yet saw 95 candidates sitting one of seven different papers at the same time in the school gymnasium.

Ensuring the smooth running of these public exams requires cooperation throughout the entire school – a big thank you to all the teachers who act as invigilators (especially those who volunteered to come to school to run the exams during the Ascension and Pentecote holidays), to the technical support staff who set up the exam room (ensuring all the tables are exactly 1.5 m apart and that clocks are visible for any point in the room!) to the cleaners who keep the tables spotless and to all the children elsewhere in the school who have not been able to use the gym for their sports lessons and extra-curricular activities.

For the IB diploma, this summer we also had to contend with full electronic upload of coursework for the first time ever. Over 300 different pieces of work (art exhibitions, film projects, language orals, science projects and essays) from our 40 candidates were uploaded for external marking and moderation.

We congratulate our year 11 and year 13 graduates for all their hard work and wish them the best of luck for their results later in the summer!

Tania McMahon


Tania McMahon, IB Coordinator, tmcmahon[at]iil.ch

Marie Galmiche, Deputy Head of English Secondary Section, IGCSE exams officer, mgalmiche[at]iil.ch