Cambridge ESOL (English
for Speakers of Other Languages) exams are the world’s leading
range of certificates for learners of English. Each year, they are taken
by around 1.5 million people, in 135 countries and are recognised by
thousands of educational organisations and employers throughout the
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.
English – Main Suite
ESOL Main Suite exams are designed for learners at all levels from the
very advanced Certificate of Proficiency in English to the elementary
level Key English Test.
Suite exams are known throughout the world and are widely recognised
for work and study purposes. They give candidates practice in using
English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure
of Proficiency in English (CPE)
CPE is a very advanced level exam, for learners who have achieved a
high level of language skills and are able to function effectively in
almost any English-speaking context. This exam is at Council of Europe
in Advanced English (CAE)
CAE is an advanced exam. CAE tests the ability to communicate with confidence
in English for work or study purposes. This exam is at Council of Europe
Certificate in English (FCE)
FCE is an upper intermediate level exam. It tests the ability to deal
confidently with a range of written and spoken communications. FCE is
the most widely taken of the Main Suite exams, with over 250,000 candidates
every year. This exam is at Council of Europe Level B2.
English Test (PET)
PET is an intermediate level exam. It tests the ability to cope with
everyday written and spoken communications. This exam is at Council
of Europe Level B1.
English Test (KET)
KET is an elementary level exam. It tests the ability to cope with everyday
written and spoken communications at a basic level. This exam is at
Council of Europe Level A2.
English – Modular Assessment
in English Language Skills (CELS)
The Certificates in English Language Skills (CELS) provide modular assessment
of English language skills and are ideal for people who do not need
to achieve the same level across all four skills (reading, writing,
listening or speaking). Each skill is assessed separately at each of
three levels, and candidates can enter for any combination of skills
and levels. CELS Higher is at Council of Europe Level C1; CELS Vantage
is at Level B2; and CELS Preliminary is at Level B1. CELS was introduced
English Certificates (BEC)
BEC is a suite of three exams – BEC Preliminary, BEC Vantage,
BEC Higher – designed to test English language ability used in
the context of business. They are suitable for adults (aged 16 and over)
who are either preparing for a career in business or already in work.
The exams cover the same range of language skills as the Main Suite
exams, but with the emphasis on activities that are common in business.
BEC is available at three levels: BEC Higher, at Council of Europe Level
C1; BEC Vantage, at Level B2; and BEC Preliminary, at Level B1.
The Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) is a multilingual assessment
service for companies that require a rapid, accurate means of assessing
language skills in English, French, German and Spanish. Tests are available
in both ‘pencil-and-paper’ and computer based formats. BULATS
is run jointly by Cambridge ESOL, the Alliance Française (France),
Goethe Institut (Germany) and the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain).
For more information, visit www.BULATS.org
English for Young Learners
Young Learners English Tests
The Cambridge Young Learners English Tests are designed to assess the
English of primary learners between the ages of 7 and 12. There are
three levels: Flyers, at Council of Europe Level A2; Movers, at Level
A1; and Starters, below Level A1. The tests are taken by over 250,000
children every year and provide a gentle introduction to public exams.
Research shows that
children find the tests highly motivating. Each level of the test has
three components – Reading/Writing, Listening and Speaking –
and all candidates receive an award showing the level they have achieved
in each component.
English Language Testing System
IELTS is a language testing system for people who need to demonstrate
their level of achievement in English for a specific purpose. IELTS
scores are recognised by universities and colleges in the UK, USA and
many other countries and by employers, immigration authorities and professional
bodies as evidence of English language skills.
run jointly by Cambridge ESOL, British Council and IDP Education Australia.
Tests are taken throughout the year at centres in more than 100 countries.
Candidates receive a test report form showing their performance in a
range from 1 (non-user) to 9 (expert user). For more information on
IELTS, visit www.IELTS.org
to the exams for learners of English, Cambridge ESOL provides a range
of internationally recognised qualifications for language teachers.
These include the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
(CELTA) and the more advanced Diploma in English Language Teaching to
Adults (DELTA). There are also certificates for people who wish to specialise
in teaching young learners and for language teaching managers. For more
information on the teaching awards, visit www.CambridgeESOL.org/teaching
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