國際高級程度考試
International Advanced Levels (IAL) Examination
[Pearson Edexcel,
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE),
Oxford International AQA (Oxford AQA)]
About CIE and IAL
International Advanced Levels assess all students in sixth form (Year 12 & 13) with a mixture of examination styles; it is both deep and broad in syllabus. Students normally take three or four ALevels in Year 12 subject to their interest, aptitude and availability. The exam grades are marked on a scale from A* through to E.
Edexcel International Alevels have a modular examination system; the content of the course is divided into separate modules or units, and exams for each unit can be taken in different examination windows. If you want to improve the grade, you can simply retake individual units.
CIE are also International Advanced Levels, but have a linear examination system, which means that all the examinations must be taken at the end of the course. If you want to resit the exam and improve the grades, you must retake all the exams at a later date (and in some specific instances may be able to resit individual components).
Note that there are 3 examination windows (October, January and June) for Edexcel IALs in each year while there are only 2 (October and June) for CIE. Students in Hong Kong or China normally choose either CIE or Edexcel IALs or both, but we may  in the future  offer courses for overseas students who take Oxford International AQA (we offer remote learning options though).
Comparison of modular and linear models:
Modular

Content is divided into a number of selfcontained units.

Content units have welldefined and precise boundaries.

Content is divided into a number of bitesized chunks with no links between different topics.

In many subjects, each unit focuses on a limited range of concepts and skills
Linear

Content is viewed as a whole – there is a more holistic approach.

Content will usually be divided into different sections but these will not be totally selfcontained.

Links between content are emphasised and encouraged.

The key concepts and skills usually underpin the entire course.
What can we do?
Leap Up Education is experienced in helping students master exam techniques and content. We support all the major GCE exam boards and offer intensive or revision classes during the Christmas, Chinese New Year, Easter and Summer holidays each year. Our Advancedlevel tutors, if necessary, can take an inquirybased approach with their students  they can spot students’ weaknesses and strengths, review the topics that the students would like to know, deliver necessary exam techniques and mentor their students to achieve greater success in the examination.
Our general tips
Given that the syllabus is too broad, time management will present a challenge to the students. We need to divide and conquer the subjects and papers strategically.
For Edexcel, we will generally advise you to take the easiest modules in October and the intermediate modules in January. The most difficult modules are held in the June window only. However, the choices will still depend on the students themselves.
Course options
We have a team of experienced tutors. Final year students, private candidates or fast learners are advised to take Oneyear Fast Track whereas early birds are recommended to take Twoyear Regular Track because it allows you to slowly enjoy the subjects and understand more deeply about the principles and applications behind the physics questions.
Oneyear Fast Track
We promote the oneyear fast track to those who are weak at Chinese and Liberal Studies. We have developed sets of notes that help students understand what is needed for the syllabus. Several students have taken this course and have already had a very satisfactory result.
Twoyear Regular Track
In our regular track, we will provide comprehensive materials such as mark scheme analysis, past papers, organised notes from various sources. We also share the exam analysis in our class to help students understand what is needed.
CIE/Edexcel IAL Mathematics and Further Mathematics
We can offer a set of teaching flows and specific plans for different students. We are confident to help students get at least a Grade B, both in IAL Mathematics and Further Mathematics, no matter what exam boards students are going for.
Further Mathematics is tedious and conceptually demanding to many students. It often requires more time and practice to master the skills necessary before you sit the exam.
CIE/Edexcel IAL Physics
A lot of students are taking CIE and Edexcel IAL examinations. We list some of the differences between two exam boards:
CIE

More challenging MCQs

It requires more quantitative treatments.

Fluids at rest requires more computations and concepts

More questions for uncertainty analysis in LQ

It requires a practical exam
Edexcel

More essaybased

Less calculation

Some short questions with reallife examples

Practical exams are theorybased
Should you take Edexcel or CIE?
If you are good at mathematics, CIE will definitely be a better choice for you; else, Edexcel will be an easier choice for those who start late and do not have a solid foundation on mathematics.