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Cambridge Assessment Overview

Cambridge, East of England, England
1001 to 5000 employees
1858
Non-profit Organisation
Education
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Established over 150 years ago, Cambridge Assessment operates and manages the University's three exam boards and carries out leading-edge academic and operational research on assessment in education. We are a not-for-profit organisation.

Cambridge Assessment – Why Work For Us?


We are an international exams group designing and delivering assessments to over 8 million learners in over 170 countries. We are committed to ensuring that all our assessments are fair, have sound ethical underpinning, and operate according to the highest technical standards. 

Established over 150 years ago, Cambridge Assessment operates and manages the University's three exam boards and carries out leading-edge academic and operational research on assessment in education. We are a not-for-profit organisation.

We own and manage OCR, Cambridge International Examinations and Cambridge English Language Assessment, and carry out leading-edge and operational research on assessment in education. We are the oldest exams group still in existence and the only one attached to a university.

We also offer:

  • Admissions tests; 
  • Consultancy; 
  • Network for the assessment community; 
  • Professional development; 

We employ over 2,500 people; over 1,500 of whom are in our head office in Cambridge; 350 in our Midlands based offices and others based in regional offices both in the UK and internationally. As well as being highly qualified, a high proportion of our people are from the teaching profession and have the practical experience to understand the demands placed on the people delivering our qualifications.

Our mission is to provide excellence in education.  We believe that educational integrity should be at the heart of all assessment and that tests and qualifications are only of value if they inform the learning process and reflect the true status of an individual's knowledge and understanding.

We are committed to ensuring all learners access the benefits of their education through a fair and accurate assessment of their skills, knowledge and understanding.


A philosophy of fairness and integrity runs through everything we do, and we are committed to the delivery of our goals through the way we work together, both in teams and as individuals.

Our values are: 

  • Collaboration
  • Openness
  • Innovation and improvement
  • Responsibility

The Cambridge Approach sets out the principles forming the key reference points for the design, administration and evaluation of our assessments. It is intended both to reflect the best practice in assessment that we seek to follow as an organisation and to be a practical guide for those involved in the development of new assessments.

It demonstrates international best practice and enables us to lead the assessment debate through the progressive use of the concept of validity. It provides an overarching structure for individual qualifications but is not designed to relate to every aspect. The Cambridge Approach covers the full lifecycle of an assessment and will be regularly updated with the latest developments.



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Cambridge Assessment was established as the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) by the University of Cambridge in 1858. We were set up to administer local examinations for students who were not members of the University of Cambridge, with the aim of raising standards in education. We also inspected schools. Today, we develop and deliver examinations and tests in 170 countries.

There have been many changes to the education system over the years but the ethos that sparked the creation of our organisation still drives our work today; we continue to strive for the on-going improvement to assessment systems and methodologies used around the world to ensure learners access the benefits of their education.

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Great people

We think we’re great people to work with, but then maybe we’re biased! What we are certain about though is that if you join us you’ll be surrounded by talented people with diverse backgrounds and skills, working together in a friendly and supportive way.

Real development opportunities

We have ambitious plans to become the leading world authority on assessment. It matters to us that people rise to bigger challenges and reach their potential, so as your ambitions and interests grow there will be opportunities to move around the business and gain new skills.

We’ll expect you to take responsibilities for fulfilling your own potential, and we will provide you with the training and development opportunities to manage this.

Reputation

We’re proud of our 150 years heritage and the expertise that it has given us, as well as our global reputation for quality. Our qualifications are recognised by universities, governments, ministries, educational institutions and employers around the world.

Locations and facilities

Did you know that we are not only based in Cambridge? We also have a site in Coventry, as well as a number of other smaller offices around the UK and overseas. We’re continuing to invest in new facilities and infrastructure across the Group so that our people can enjoy bright and airy offices equipped with up-to-date technology.

In 2018 Cambridge Assessment will be moving to a new home The Triangle, this new international headquarters will bring together all Cambridge Assessment’s Cambridge-based staff, currently based in 11 different offices across the city, under one roof. The site is on what was previously Cambridge University Press’s Edinburgh Building on Shaftesbury Road Cambridge, to the South-East of Cambridge city centre.



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    I have been working at Cambridge Assessment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great training, development opportunities, benefits and a great place to work

    Cons

    Salary could be better, especially for living in Cambridge which is just as expensive as London

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, maybe look at more flexible working

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Cambridge Assessment Photos

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Cambridge Assessment Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cambridge Assessment.

    Interview

    Online application made via the companies website. An initial call followed by a Video Interview through Sonru.

    Sad to report, I was forced to spend a lot of time chasing the Hr department for updates on application progress, after lots of broken promises by Hr regarding when I will hear back from them. The wheels in the businesses Hr department appear to run very slowly and having to deal with multiple recruitment consultants regarding the same role was confusing and they even contradicted each other at one point!

    This is the second role I have applied for with them in 18 months, and both experiences were managed poorly.

    Having worked for many years for another arm of the University I have to say this isn't the professional service I would expect from a business with such a high level of gravitas that is part of the Universities umbrella.

    The E-mails I received were frankly bordering on juvenile, flippant and with a lack of common courtesy. The fact that I had to chase them four times in nearly two weeks just to find out how I had got on post the video interview is pretty poor.

    The Hr department is supposed to be selling me the company as they are the first point of contact, I think they need to remember that recruitment is very much a two-way thing!

    I have quite a few personal friends and ex-University colleagues at Assessment and know what a sterling job goes on by good people in the business - but the recruitment process is appalling and not projecting itself in a good light at all.

    Interview Questions

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Cambridge Assessment Awards & Accolades

  • Chief Learning Officer Award, The Learning and Performance Institute, 2017
  • SAP HANA innovation Award, SAP HANA, 2015

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