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Around the world, thousands of educational organisations, government agencies and immigration authorities recognise Cambridge English Exams as a proof of various levels of language ability.

We offer a number of Cambridge English Exams for non-native speakers, three or four times a year, depending on level. For dates and prices of the different exams, please see the exam prices and timetable page.

Three or four times a year, you can take one or more of the following exams:

Cambridge English Qualification: B1 Preliminary (PET) 

Cambridge English: Preliminary, also known as Preliminary English Test (PET), is an intermediate B1 CEFR level qualification. It tests your ability to use English for everyday spoken and written communication. For more information, please see the PET page on the Cambridge ESOL website http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/preliminary/.

Preliminary English Test: exam papers

  Paper title Length Content Percentage of final mark Purpose
1 Reading and writing 90 minutes

Reading:
Five parts/ 35 questions

Writing:
Three parts/seven questions

50% To show you can read and understand the main points from signs, journals, newspapers and magazines, and can use vocabulary and structure correctly.
2 Listening 30 minutes + six minutes to transfer answers Four parts/ 25 questions 25% Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials including announcements and discussions about everyday life.
3 Speaking 10-12 minutes per pair of candidates Four parts 25%

Demonstrates your spoken English as you take part in conversation, asking/answering questions, and talking freely, for example, about your likes and dislikes. Your speaking test will be conducted face to face with one or two other candidates. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.

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Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First (FCE)

Cambridge English: First, also known as First Certificate in English (FCE), is an upper-intermediate B2 CEFR level qualification. It tests your ability to communicate with confidence in English in a range of everyday situations. For more information, please see the FCE page on the Cambridge English website http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/first/.

Cambridge English: First is made up of four papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what is in each paper below.

  Paper title Length Content Percentage of final mark Purpose
1. Reading &Use of English 75 minutes          There are seven parts in the Reading and Use of English paper. 40%

The Reading and Use of English paper tests your reading skills and your knowledge and use of vocabulary and grammar.

2. Writing 80 minutes Two parts 20%

Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews and short stories.

3. Listening 40 minutes Four parts/30 questions 20%

Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.

4. Speaking 14 minutes Four parts 20%

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the speaking test with one or two other candidates.

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Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced (CAE)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), also known as Certificate in Advanced English is C1 CEFR qualifications. If you need to use English in your work or studies, this is the right exam for you. For more information, please see the CAE page on the Cambridge English websitehttp://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/advanced/.

Cambridge English: Advanced  is made up of four papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what is in each paper below.

  Paper title Length Content Percentage of final mark Purpose
1. Reading and Use of English 90 minutes

There are eight parts and 56  questions altogether

40%

The Reading and Use of English paper tests your reading skills and your underlying knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

2. Writing 90 minutes Two parts 20%

You create two different pieces of writing, such as articles, essays, letters, proposals, reports and reviews.

3. Listening About 40 minutes Four parts/30 questions 20%

Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.

4. Speaking

15 minutes per pair of candidates

Four parts 20% Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the speaking test with another candidate.

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Cambridge English Qualifications: C2 Proficiency (CPE)

Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) C1 level CEFR , is our most advanced qualification. It proves you have achieved an extremely high level in English. For more information, please see the CPE page on the Cambridge English website http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/proficiency/.

Cambridge English: Proficiency is made up of four papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what is in each paper below.

  Paper title Length Content Percentage of final mark Purpose
1. Reading/use of English 90 minutes              Seven parts/ 53 questions 40%

Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and manuals.

2. Writing 90 minutes Two parts 20%

Requires you to be able to write a variety of text types, such as essays, proposals, reports and reviews.

3. Listening About 40 minutes Four parts/28 questions 20%

Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as lectures, speeches and interviews.

4. Speaking 16 minutes per pair of candidates Three parts 20% Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations.

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