To download your results, open A2C on your computer and, from the inbox, select the ‘Send/Receive files’ button. From here you can import this to your MIS.
If you haven’t received your files as expected, check your A2C log and see if the file has been recorded there. If yes, please close, log in again and select ‘send/receive’ for the file to appear.
Alternatively, please check another user at the centre has not already downloaded the results on another PC.
Our EDI results files are in the latest JCQ format (currently version 14).
This format is used by all the JCQ awarding bodies (see the JCQ formats booklet).
A2C access keys are typically valid for 10 years, so you may receive a warning to say yours has expired. However, they will continue to work even if you're seeing a warning message.
If you want to request a new access key, you can do this in Interchange from Centre Information > A2C Data Exchange and then follow the on-screen instructions.
You can read more about using A2C on the JCQ website.
The JCQ result file format does not support more than two characters for a grade. The following table explains the mapping between the grading format used within the EDI file downloaded from A2C, and the candidate’s actual grade. To view how qualifications are displayed within the EDI files, take a look at the JCQ gradesets.
Centres using SIMS can use a specific summer basedata to import results for Cambridge Technicals into the summer season of your management information system. This summer basedata is an optional download and is available from June each year. We’ve provided instructions on how to do this.
If you are unable to import your EDI results files, before you do anything else, please check you have the latest version of the basedata. This is the first thing our Customer Support Team will ask you if you are having difficulties, so it’s best to check this first.
ESS SIMS also have a helpful YouTube video you can use if you need a reminder on how to refresh your basedata.
Some common error messages you may see when you’re downloading your EDI results file include:
If you have any results missing from your EDI file, check Interchange to see whether a result has been issued and has just not been included in the file due to a missing unique candidate identifier (UCI) or the result was issued after the EDI file was created.
If you still have any missing or incomplete results, it’s also worth making sure: