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Cambridge ESOL

Cambridge ESOL exams are the world’s leading range of certificates for learners of English. Each year, they are taken by around 2 million people, in 130 countries and are recognised by thousands of educational organisations and employers throughout the world.

Cambridge ESOL is part of the world-famous University of Cambridge. Its English language exams are linked to the Common European Framework for Modern Languages, published by the Council of Europe. They are the only certificated exams referred to in the Framework document as specifically linked to it by a long-term research programme.

Young Learners English Tests

Encourage your children to take one of the three available tests for young learners: Starters, Movers and Flyers. The tests aim to encourage meaningful language use, and measure ability accurately and fairly.

Key English Test (KET)

The Key English Test (KET) tests your ability to deal with basic communication needs in everyday situations and is equivalent to a good elementary level.

Preliminary English Test (PET)

The Preliminary English Test (PET) demonstrates that you have enough English to cope with social and work situations and is equivalent to intermediate level.

First Certificate in English (FCE)

Is for people with a high intermediate level and tests your ability in all the language skills. It is widely recognised in commerce and industry, and by educational institutions in the UK and overseas as proof of language ability ...Read more.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Is an advanced level exam and is suitable for people who require English for professional or study purposes. It focuses on the use of English language skills to achieve real-world tasks. It is also recognised by the majority of UK universities as fulfilling English Language entrance requirements ...Read more.

Certificate in Proficiency in English (CPE)

Is at upper advanced level. It is recognised by UK universities for admission purposes and for business and academic purposes around the world ...Read more.

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Cambridge ESOL 2013 Calendar

Cambridge ESOL in Saudi Arabia

Cambridge ESOL is part of the world-famous University of Cambridge.


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