For the purposes of exam security and the integrity of test results, Cambridge will not allow testing on any other date or time than the scheduled exam block for any reason.
If a student is VERY sick on test day, we can apply for Special Consideration for them to be excused from that component. The only evidence Cambridge accepts is a doctor's note, a police report (in the case of an accident on the exam day), or evidence from the school that the student attempted to attend but was too sick and we sent them home. SPECIAL CONSIDERATION IS NOT GUARANTEED - Cambridge decides whether the excuse is acceptable. Parent notes cannot be submitted. ALSO - If a student misses both parts of an exam, Cambridge will not issue a grade to that student. They have to withdraw from the exam. If they are not a senior, they can take the exam the following October.
Sophomores and juniors who miss both components or who miss one component but do not qualify for Special Consideration for the other component can take the exam in October of the following year. Seniors cannot return to test in the fall and may not be able to earn their AICE diploma if they miss an exam.
If a student receives extended time on tests or other testing accommodations, please contact Dr. Little or the student's counselor. There is paperwork that must be filled out and submitted in advance. Rest breaks or 25% extra time is generally easy to obtain. Other accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis, and Cambridge makes the final decision.
As long as a student passes the course, they can still get their high school credit. Passing the Cambridge exams is only to determine whether or not the student also earns college credit. Non-diploma students do not need to do anything else, and it has no impact on their course grade. Students going for their AICE diploma should evaluate whether they should retake the exam in the fall. Their councilor or the AICE Coordinator can help with this decision.
You can bring a CLEAR water bottle with NO LABEL into the exam with you. No other drinks or food can be at your desk during the exam. You are allowed to bring your own INK pen (no gel pens) if you prefer, but we do provide pens for your use. Please bring a light sweater or jacket, as some testing rooms can be either very warm or quite chilly.
Cell phones, smart watches, any sort of electronic/communication device, notes, notecards, hats, food, and solid water bottles cannot enter the exam room.
Students taking two exams on the same day AND in the same session (both AM or both PM) will take one exam and then get a break. During the break they will be held under testing conditions (no electronics) and will receive a meal or snack before they begin their second exam.
Students taking two exams on the same day but NOT in the same session (one AM and one PM) will return to class between exams.
Cambridge administers AICE tests all over the world, on the same day and at the same time. Security is a major consideration during AICE testing. Students must be in the exam room during certain key times, as set by Cambridge. If a student comes late to an exam, we must report their late arrival to Cambridge. It is up to their discretion whether to grade the exam or not. Depending on how late the student arrives, they may be prevented from taking the exam. Students should ALWAYS report to their testing room even if they are late, and the proctor will advise them.
Each AICE class has several different skills, areas of focus, and objectives to show proficiency. Instead of testing all those skills in one big test, Cambridge separates those areas of focus into 1-5 smaller tests. In order for a student to earn an AICE credit, he/she must be present for ALL exam components. This might mean the student has to sit for 1-5 different exams for the same course.
Cambridge develops their testing calendar independently of the Sarasota County School District calendar. They conduct exams in 160 countries all over the world; therefore, our calendar often does not align. We strive to let students and parents/guardians know the exam dates as soon as they are finalized, which is generally around October 31 each year.
Each student who takes an exam will be provided with a hard copy of their username, password, and release date for their results. All students are asked to take a picture of this information AND email it to themselves AND to a parent/guardian. Results are available at 2am on the date printed on that document. If a candidate loses the document, their results can be obtained by the AICE Coordinator for a fee of $5, payable through the school store.
Cambridge has a FREE online transcript ordering system. We order transcripts together in AICE English classes in March, which allows us to request both previous results AND spring results. Previous results will be sent immediately when we make the request, and spring results will be sent automatically when they are released in August. The website and directions for ordering are posted on the Transcripts page of this website. Students who are not in an AICE English class as a senior are responsible for ordering transcripts on their own.
Seniors should plan on paying for their first semester of college and then being reimbursed when AICE scores come out.
If you cannot pay your first semester tuition upfront, you can also talk to your college and request that they defer payment until Bright Futures updates their award with spring scores. However, some students in the past have done this and were dropped from their classes for non-payment anyway, so keep a close eye on it.
Colleges usually ask that students enroll in courses as if they are NOT going to pass their AICE exams. When scores come out, you can drop any classes that you no longer need and enroll in higher level classes instead.
Students CANNOT come back and retake exams they have failed after they have graduated. Students are encouraged to take more than the required 7 courses so that they don't have to pass every exam their senior year.