Gcse’s vs igcse’s - whcih is harder??

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So are igcse’s actually harder them gcses because they r international exams. Also private schools tend to igcse’s so perhaps? Can anyone clear this up!!
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It’s easier to achieve the top grades at IGCSE, that’s one of the factors that explain why private schools tend to use them. I’ve heard some teachers say that it depends on the subject however - i.e. IGCSE English is easier than GCSE, but IGCSE science is harder
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They pretty much equivalent. Schools pick the GCSE specification they like best from a range of choices, and private schools may opt for IGCSE for some subjects in the same way. To expect there to be a clear difference in difficulty between GCSE and IGCSE across all subjects is far too simplistic.

A few years ago quite a few private schools picked Science IGCSEs (generally Edexcel) because they didn't have time consuming coursework of GCSEs and they thought they were a better preparation for A level but (in the 3 years when they were allowed) lots of state schools picked Cambridge English Language because they felt it delivered the grades they thought candidates deserved more consistently. Since then both have been reformed and you can't reasonably consider any comparisons of the old specifications as relevant any more.
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Thanks. But if the selective private schools tend to do IGCSE’s. The grade boundaries will be higher, because the concentration of bright people due to some private schools being selective?
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