Archives service

Archives service

The history of Cambridge Assessment dates back to 1858 when it was known as the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). Our archives provide a rich resource of information about the development of school exams and educational assessment.

Some of the archives date back to the 1880s although most of the earliest records are held at Cambridge University Library.

As UCLES merged with other examination boards in the 1980s and 90s some of the archives of the following are also held in our archives; Midland Examining Group, Oxford and Cambridge Schools Examination Board, University of Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations and East Midlands Regional Examining Board.

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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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.

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