A leading organiser of the popular University of Cambridge exams for English language students has announced that the missing 404 papers from candidates who sat the test locally in October have turned up safe in the unlikely location of Sweden.
Earlier this week, the alarm went out after it was realised that the package with the papers in for the written test taken on 13 October had failed to turn up at its Cambridge destination for marking. It had been entrusted to couriers Mail Boxes ETC and their partners, TNT.
Exams Andalucía, the firm that coordinates the Cambridge exam on behalf of many English language schools across Andalucía, including in Malaga province, said that it was the first time in its 45-year history that anything like that had happened.
Disappointed students were due to be offered a full refund of the exam charges, ranging from 110 to 185 euros, and given the chance to sit the test again free of charge. The company stressed that the loss of the parcel was beyond its control.
The fate of the parcel with the 404 papers, which weighed 17 kilos, was a complete mystery, even to the courier companies, until Thursday this week, when it was announced that it had turned up still sealed and in perfect condition in Sweden. Candidates will not now have to repeat the test, said Exams Andalucía.
The papers were for students of English level B1 and B2 at local independent language schools in Granada, Almeria, Malaga, Almuñécar and Cuevas de San Marcos. Jonathan Baum, of Exams Andalucía thanked the candidates for their patience on Thursday.