Do i have to learn Pseudocode for IGCSE Computer Science

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BlueApple123
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Hey everyone,

I'm a private candidate who self studies, the only place for advice i have is the student room, so an answer to my question would be greatly appreciated.

I'm doing the programming section for CIE IGCSE Computer Science, i have noticed that on the specification section 2.1.2 it says "Candidates are advised to try out solutions to a variety of problems using a language of there choice; no particular programming language will be assumed" Does this mean i have to learn both Pseudocode and Python in the programming section or just one of them?
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If you can answer the questions using 'a language of your choice', then it means exactly what it says - you can choose Python if you prefer, or you can choose some kind of psuedocode. Just pick whatever you feel most comfortable with.

Psuedocode isn't a real language - it's just a way of using simplified plain English to describe the flow of an algorithm. A lot of people just invent their own pseudocode, and usually write in a style which resembles whichever real programming language they're most familiar with.

The exam board might have their own style of pseudocode which actually appears in exam questions - so you might be asked to read some pseudocode - for example, a question which asks you to write a trace table, however if you're confident in any real programming language then reading and understanding pseudocode should be easy.
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winterscoming Thank you, that makes sense now. Are you studying computer science too, if so which exam board
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