What's in the archives

What's in the archives?

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Our archives are predominantly those of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) and include:

  • Annual Reports and statistics
  • Executive and major committee records
  • Examinations administration material to c.1950s
  • Examination publications from c.1876 
  • Overseas development records
  • Internal research papers from 1962 to 2000
  • Lists of successful examination candidates up to 1950.

Past results/certified statement enquiries should be directed to the specific exam board departments within OCR, Cambridge International Examinations and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Online samples of past exam material

The archives are all held as hard copy documents but a small selection of syllabuses, question papers and examiners’ reports have been scanned for online access. We will be producing one session from each decade from 1950s to date of the major subjects for O level/GCSE and A Level. 

Past Exam Material

Past Examination Publications from OCR, Cambridge International Examinations and Cambridge English Language Assessment

Past publications (question papers, marking schemes etc) for recent examinations are available directly from OCR, Cambridge International Examinations and Cambridge English Language Assessment. To access their publications catalogues:

Related archives held elsewhere

Many of the earliest records of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) are part of the archives of Cambridge University held at Cambridge University Library. Also the archives of the Oxford and Cambridge Schools Examination Board (OCSEB) are split between the Cambridge Assessment Group Archives service and Cambridge University Library:

  • Cambridge University Archives, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR 
  • Tel: +44 (0) 1223 333000 
  • Email: archives@lib.cam.ac.uk

Cambridge Assessment Group Archives holds only limited documentation for the University of Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations (UODLE). The main repository for the UODLE archive is:

  • Oxford University Archives, Bodleian Library, Oxford, OX1 3BG 
  • Tel: +44 (0) 1865 277145 
  • Email: enquiries@oua.ox.ac.uk

For enquiries regarding the archives of the Royal Society of Arts, which is now also part of Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR), please contact:

  • The Archivist and Records Manager, Royal Society of Arts, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ 
  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7451 6847 
  • Fax: +44 (0) 20 7839 5805 
  • Or visit the RSA website

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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