O Level & IGCSE Private Candidates Guidebook 2024

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How to apply for O Level or IGCSE as Private Candidate?

Appearing as an O Level or IGCSE private candidate can be intimidating, to say the least. Without the support of a school, it may seem like an uphill road. This is why we have compiled this short O Level private candidates & IGCSE private candidates guidebook to help you through every step.

Steps to apply for IGCSE and O Levels as Private Candidate:


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Step #1: How to Register for IGCSE & O Level as Private Candidate:


Know Application Deadlines:

O Level private candidate & IGCSE private candidate registration dates vary from session to session. Try to register at least two months in advance to avoid last-minute hassle and stress.

We have included application dates for the May/June 2024 session below for your reference:

  • Normal Stage: Wednesday 07 February 2024*

  • Late Stage / Retakes Candidates: Friday 15 March 2024*

    *Visit this link for the updated timelines to apply online.

  • Note: Payment for O Level private registration application as well as the IGCSE private application made after the deadline will be subject to extra late fees by the British Council.

Complete the Online IGCSE & O Level Private Registration Application:

  • You can access the IGCSE & O Level private candidate 2024 application form through this link.

  • Follow the instructions as they appear

Email info@britishcouncil.org.pk if you have any questions or queries about the application!

How much does an IGCSE & O Level Private Candidate Cost:

IGCSE & O Level Private Candidates Cost:

O Level & IGCSE private candidates application cost depends on the test centre you choose.

  • The total cost includes the base exam fee + additional administrative charges of the test centre.

  • You can view the cost after choosing a test centre in the online application.

The cost also varies upon the IGCSE & O Level private candidate subjects you have chosen to give in that year. Hence, it is important to apply online on time for your O Level and IGCSE exams.

Make your Payment for Private Candidate Registration for O Level & IGCSE:

Payment for O Level & IGCSE Private Candidates can be made in many ways. 

Offline methods:

  • Bank draft payable to British Council

  • Bank deposit through one of the designated Standard Chartered Bank branches

Online payments:

  • ATM

  • Interbank Funds Transfer (IBFT)

The virtual bank account number for online payments will be made available to you when you fill the online application.


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Step # 2: Ready your Documents and Materials

Well before the exam, ensure that you have all the required documents. We list some of the important ones below:

  • CNIC (or Smart Card if you are under 18)

  • Statement of Entry 

Additionally, read the guidelines on your statement of entry and the guidelines set by your test centre. Some important things to note are:

  • You must carry a clear stationery bag during the exam

  • Backpacks are not allowed inside the hall so make arrangements to leave them outside

  • Confirm whether your calculator model is allowed for the exam (most exams prohibit graphing calculators)

Step # 3: Prepare for the Unknown

Our O Level & IGCSE private candidates guidebook wouldn’t be complete without this section. Read below to find out how to deal with special circumstances.

In case of Illness:

If you have symptoms of cough, flu or serious illness near your exam, do not worry. You may apply for an exemption:

If your request is approved, you can still receive a grade for the missed component if you appear in at least one other component of that subject.

Special Access Arrangements:

If you have a disability or require special arrangements in either paper-based or practical exams, you can request Cambridge International to accommodate you.

*Important note: The deadline for special arrangements is four to five months earlier than the actual exams. Follow this link for the updated deadline.

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Step #4: How to check results for IGCSE and O Level Private Candidates

The following shows the process of how to check results for O Level private candidates 2024 as well as for IGCSE private candidates 2024.

  • Online results usually arrive six weeks after the exam session. Access them by logging in here

  • Later, the certificate of results for O Level & IGCSE private candidate results will be sent to your home address

  • Sometimes, the certificate is sent to a pickup point specified by the British Council.


So, there it is! These four steps will have you covered as an O Level & IGCSE private candidate. And you will realize after the hectic registration process, that it’s all smooth sailing till your exams. Study effectively during this time, don’t doubt yourself, and give it your best. Good luck!



Q. Can O Levels and IGCSE be done privately?

Yes, O Levels and IGCSE can be done privately. All you have to do is register through British Council Office.


Q. How do I register for the upcoming session?

You are requested to please visit the following link where you can find registration process details.

Q. What are the modes of payment?

The modes of payment for school exam registration for private candidates are;

  1. Payment in the SCB Designated branches
  2. Sending a Demand Draft in favor of ‘British Council Pakistan’

You may send the Demand Draft along with all required documents to the respective British Council Office.

Q. Can I change my subjects/option codes after registration?

British Council requests all O Level and IGCSE private candidates to carefully consider the subject and option codes they are applying for, as after the registration the subject and option codes might not be changed and may cost the candidates additional payment of charges.


Some Cambridge syllabuses or options are not available to private candidates. You can find details of which syllabuses/options are available in the syllabus document. To find out whether a syllabus is available to O Level and IGCSE private candidates, follow these steps:

  1. In the left hand menu, choose the programme (e.g. Cambridge Upper Secondary)
  2. Choose the qualification level (e.g. Cambridge IGCSE)
  3. Select ‘subjects’
  4. Choose your subject (e.g. Accounting 0452)
  5. This takes you to the syllabus overview page. On each syllabus overview page, you can find the syllabus document. This tells you whether the syllabus is available to private candidates.

You can only request a review of marking or appeal to a Cambridge school or Cambridge Associate e.g. British Council office you are registered to sit exams with.

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