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Cambridge Assessment Overview

Cambridge, East of England, England
1001 to 5000 employees
Non-profit Organisation
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. Our organisation is not-for-profit.

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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 2,000 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.


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 160 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.



Our benefits

To help with your life both inside and outside of work, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits:

Staff discounts

Cambridge Assessment extras – our employee discount scheme providing savings on many retailers both online and in-store.

Cambridge University Card – providing access to a number of university facilities such as the University Library and discounts at the Cambridge University Press bookshop.
Getting around

Season Ticket Loan – when travelling by rail or bus.

Cambridge Travel for Work scheme – including discounts on season tickets and discounts with local cycle shops.

Salary Sacrifice Bike Scheme.

Health and fitness

Discounted private medical cover with BUPA.

Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.

Family friendly

Enhanced benefits when you might need them such as maternity and paternity.

Limited access to nursery and play scheme places (waiting list in operation).

Childcare vouchers.

In addition to…

Generous pension scheme.
Performance related pay.
Subsidised staff restaurants.
At least 36 days holiday (including bank holidays).

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    Slow pace of change, projects can take years to get off the ground

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Cambridge Assessment Interviews



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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Cambridge Assessment (Cambridge, East of England, England) in March 2017.


    Applied using the online application portal on their website, which was well designed and user friendly. Was offered an interview a week later and asked to complete some online aptitude tests. These were quite standard, and although the questions were not difficult, if you are not familiar with online tests or GCSE type questions they are quite hard to answer in the given time. I attended interview the following week with a panel of three. It began with a presentation (where they clearly expected a PowerPoint) followed by a number of questions. They drilled down into my answers and generally focused on how to manage negative situations, rather than finding out positive information. The additional questions were sometimes intimidating and felt like they were look for fault- they came across as lacking confidence in recruiting someone who is not currently doing a perfect like-for-like job, and they seems to oppose change, new ideas and people passionate managers. They did not like that I didn't live in Cambridge. They said they would contact me within a week for the outcome, but they never did. However, they did pay travel expenses which I received 2 months later.

    Interview Questions

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