Guide to the Cambridge English Test

Cambridge General English Exams

After many months of English grammar and language classes, your thoughts may now be turning to the accreditation exams. You may be confused (don’t worry, many people are). What’s the TOEFL, and how is it different from TOEIC? Is the FCE important to take? Is the IELTS as respected as the other exams? Or maybe you’re just looking at all those abbreviations and wondering what the heck they stand for?. BEC, CAE, CELS, KET it all sounds so odd.

Guide to the Cambridge English Test

Here is what it all stands for,  There are three kinds of ESL exams: General English, Academic English, and Business English.

General English exams prove overall fluency and mastery of the language. The most well-known exam is the Cambridge ESOL exam, but there are five individual tests called The Cambridge Main Suite. Every year, over 1.5 million people sign up for this review (unfortunately, not all of them pass).

The first and second levels of the Cambridge Main Suite are the Key English Test (called KET) and Preliminary English Test (or KET). Both tests will look at skills in reading and writing, listening and comprehension, and speaking ability. They determine if you have the skills to go on to the next level of the exams and are sometimes required by universities or even employers. Depending on your score, you can Pass with Merit, Pass, or Fail.

FCE stands for First Certificate in English. This also tests your skills in reading and writing, listening and speaking, as well as your ability to use English. This exam is often required from students who wish to get a study or work visa in other countries.

If you want to study in a university or even get a job in the more prestigious companies, you need the CAE (which stands for Certificate in Advanced English). However, the highest and most difficult exam is the CPE (or Certificate of Proficiency in English).

Passing this means you can do well in any environment or situation that requires you to speak, write, or understand the language. This is crucial if you wish to become an English teacher requirement for non-native speakers who want to train as English teachers.

Cambridge also gives exams for younger children aged 7 to 12. This test is called the YLE, as well as individual exams on different skills such as writing, reading, speaking and listening.

 

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