Archives service

Archives service

Our archives support learners by providing a rich resource of information about the development of school exams and educational assessment. We’ve a broad history dating back to 1858, when we were known as the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

Throughout the years, what you now know as Cambridge Assessment has merged with other examination boards and you can also find insightful resources charting that history here.

We believe our extensive and diverse history is unique and invaluable, allowing us to better support our learners and inform leading-edge assessment design. We’re happy to be able to share over 160 years of knowledge and expertise with you.

What's in the archives?

Examiners meeting in the Sudan

Our archives date from approximately 1880 and include some documents from UK examination boards that have merged with the Group.

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Past exam material

Examination hall

A selection of past O Level/GCSE and A Level syllabuses, question papers, examiner reports and mark schemes for the major school subjects from 1950 to date.

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Our archives are moving!

Cambridge Assessment is moving to a new, purpose-built Cambridge head office, Triangle, which will allow us to better serve our customers. In order to prepare for the move, we will have to restrict the Archives Service for a short time. This will mean we won’t be able to accommodate visiting researchers and may take longer to respond to enquiries. In addition, during the period of the actual move (likely to be in April/May time) we will not be able to respond to any enquiries. We thank you for patience while we move and look forward to handling your enquiry or visit at our new home later this year.

Research Matters

Research Matters

Research Matters is our free biannual publication which allows us to share our assessment research, in a range of fields, with the wider assessment community.