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Exam Guide

For more information on Cambridge ESOL exams, visit the website

www.cambridgeesol.org

Exam Level Use Skills Tested Exam Dates Closing Date Cost Result Date

CPE
Certificate
of
Proficiency
in English

Proficient / Expert British University entrance requirement
Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking 12 June, 11 December
Provisional Dates for Speaking Exam:
Saturday 7 June, Saturday 6 December
6 April, 10 October £107* 10 weeks after exam
CAE
Certificate
in Advanced English
Advanced British University entrance requirement Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking 8 March, 11 June, 10 December
Provisional Dates for Speaking Exam:
Saturday 2 March, Saturday 7 June, Saturday 6 December
25 January, 28 March, 10 October £103* 10 weeks after exam
FCE
First
Certificate
in English
Upper Intermediate To demonstrate all round knowledge of English Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking 8 March, 10 June, 9 December
Provisional Dates for Speaking Exam:
Saturday 2 March, Saturday 9 June, Saturday 29 November
25 January, 28 March, 10 October £100* 10 weeks after exam
PET
Preliminary English
Test
Lower Intermediate  To demonstrate all round knowledge of English
Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

15 March, 24 May, 30 May, 7 June, 22 November, 5 December

1 February; 4, 18, 25 April; 10, 24 October 
£69  10 weeks after exam
IELTS
International English Language Testing
http://www.ielts.org/
Intermediate and above  British University entrance requirement Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking 12, 19, 26 January; 2, 16, 23 February; 1, 8, 13, 29 March; 5, 12, 19, 24 April; 3, 10, 22, 31 May; 5, 14, 21, 28 June; 5, 12, 24, 26 July; 9, 16, 21, 30 August; 6, 13, 27 September; 11, 25 October; 8, 15, 29 November; 4, 6, 13 December
2 weeks before exam
£112
2 weeks after exam
TOEFL
Test of
English as a Foreign Language
http://www.ets.org/
http://www.toefl.com/
Intermediate and above  American University entrance requirement Reading, Listening and Grammar On demand every week throughout year (this exam is held in London) 2 weeks before exam Can take exam every calendar month  $155 payable online by credit card 2/3 weeks after exam
TOEIC
Test of
English for
International Communication
http://www.toeic.com/
Intermediate and above Requirement by some foreign businesses and companies Reading and Listening 25 January, 22 February, 20 March, 18 April, 16 May, 13 June, 11 July, 25 July, 8 August, 22 August, 19 September, 17 October, 14 November, 12 December
2 weeks before exam Can take exam every month 
£72 1/2 weeks after exam
SEFIC
Spoken
English for
International Communication
Intermediate and above  Requirement by some foreign businesses and companies  Listening and Speaking  On demand every week throughout year  6 weeks before exam  £90-100 Depends on level 4 weeks after exam

 * Fees for March and June exams, new fees for December 2008

Other exams

We can also provide courses, or arrange for you to sit the following exams:

TOEIC (Test of English as a foreign language)

http://www.ets.org/

CELS (Cambridge Certificates in English Language Skills)

www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/cels.htm

SEFIC (London Chamber of Commerce & Industry for Spoken English for International Communication)

www.englishjobmaze.com/exam-lcci.htm

EFB (English for Business)

www.englishjobmaze.com/exam-lcci.htm

EFC (English for Commerce)

www.englishjobmaze.com/exam-lcci.htm

 

EFL Exam Levels Chart

Bell Level

Common European Framework Cambridge IELTS TOEFL TOEIC

8 Expert

C2+      
9 600/250/100 900

7 Proficient

C2
Mastery
CPE 8.5
8
 
6 Advanced

 

C1
Effectiveness
CAE 7.5
7.0
6.5
6.0
550/213/80 750
   
500/173/61 600

5 Upper Intermediate

B2+ FCE 5.5
5.0
 
B2
Vantage

4 Intermediate

B1+ PET 4.5
4.0
3.5-
450/133/45 450
B1
Threshold
3 Lower Intermediate

 

A2+ KET  3.0
 
2 Elementary A2  

1 Beginner

A1
Breakthrough
     

0 Complete Beginner


     

 

General English

Exam

What is this exam?

KET - Cambridge Key English Test

KET tests basic communication skills in English, and is the first of the 5 level Cambridge Main Suite examinations. There are 3 components: reading/writing, listening and speaking.

PET - Cambridge Preliminary English Test

PET tests the language skills needed to survive in social and work situations in an English-speaking environment. PET has 4 components: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

FCE - Cambridge First Certificate in English

This is an examination at an intermediate level, requiring competence in all the language skills. It is widely recognised in commerce and industry, and by educational institutions in Britain and overseas as proof of language ability at an intermediate level. The exam is composed of reading, writing, use of English, listening and speaking.

CAE - Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

This is an examination at an advanced level and is suitable for people who require English for professional or study purposes. There is an emphasis on real-life tasks. It is also recognised by the majority of British universities as fulfilling English Language entrance requirements. CAE has 5 components: reading, writing, English in use, listening and speaking.

CPE - Cambridge Proficiency in English

This is an examination at an advanced level, which is recognised as fulfilling English language requirements by British universities, and for business and academic purposes overseas. CPE has 5 components: reading comprehension, composition, use of English, listening comprehension and an interview.

Academic Examinations

Exam

What is this exam?

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

IELTS is recognised as an entrance requirement by British, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian universities and for secondary, vocational and training programmes. It is also accepted by some US institutions. All candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All candidates take the same listening and speaking modules. The choice of reading and writing modules is determined by the purpose for taking IELTS. The academic reading and writing modules are suitable for those seeking admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. General Training Reading and Writing modules are suitable for candidates who are going to English-speaking countries to complete their secondary education or to undertake work experience, or training programmes not at degree level. The General Training modules are also used for immigration purposes.

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

TOEFL evaluates the English proficiency of individuals whose native language is not English. Most people who take the TOEFL test are planning to study at colleges and universities in the United States or Canada. TOEFL is also used by institutions in other countries where English is the language of instruction. In addition, many government agencies, scholarship programmes, and licensing/certification agencies use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency.

TOEIC - Test of English for International Communication

TOEIC is an English language proficiency test for people whose native language is not English. It tests English used in the workplace. The TOEIC test is a 2.5-hour, paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice test that consists of 200 questions divided into 2 separately timed sections: listening & reading.

CELS - Cambridge Certificates in English Language Skills

CELS covers the 4 skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking at 3 levels: Preliminary, Vantage and Higher. The aim of CELS is to assess English Language competence through a variety of tasks based on authentic texts. It allows candidates the flexibility to choose to do as little as one skill at a particular level, or build up a profile of skills at different levels.

Business & Professional Examinations

Exam

What is this exam?

LCCI - London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

There are 2 written exams designed to test knowledge of the English language for communicating in business and commercial contexts. The English for Business (EFB)and English for Commerce (EFC) are available at 3 levels.
The Spoken English for Industry and Commerce (SEFIC) exam provides useful proof of students' ability to communicate in a social and work environment.

SEFIC - London Chamber of Commerce & Industry for Spoken English for International Communication

This examination has 5 levels, from a basic "survival" ability to cope in everyday work situations, to a high standard of oral English with the ability to cope easily with any social or business situation. Specialist knowledge of business vocabulary is required at the advanced levels.
The speaking and listening skills tested are those required in order to communicate orally in practical work- or business-related situations.

EFB - English for Business

This examination has 5 levels, from a test of ‘survival’ skills in written English and its use in basic office communication, to the high level ability to write and understand English for a range of business topics, and in formats used in business communication.
Reading and writing skills are tested in the completion of a series of simulated "real-life" business tasks, plus an optional oral test for non-native speakers at Second Third, fourth & fifth Levels.

EFC - English for Commerce

This examination has 3 levels, testing knowledge of written English from a basic level to advanced use for business. A knowledge of business practice and the ability to discuss commercial and economic issues are required for the advanced levels. It tests the candidate's knowledge and comprehension of written English, and the ability to use language efficiently and appropriately in a business context. An optional oral test is available for non-native speakers at all Levels.

BEC - Cambridge Business English Certificates

This is a series of proficiency tests designed to meet the international business needs of learners of English as a foreign language. It is an examination in reading, writing, listening and speaking in work-related situations, aimed at three levels of competence: BEC P (intermediate), BEC V (upper-intermediate) and BEC H (advanced).
   


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