Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a fluent speaker wanting to perfect your language skills, whether you’re a student or a professional, we have the exam for you. Find which General English qualification suits you best.

Cambridge Key English Test (KET)

Cambridge English: Key is also known as the Key English Test (KET).  It is the first exam in the series of Cambridge English exams for adults and it demonstrates your ability to use English to communicate in everyday situations.

Level of qualification: Elementary = A2 on the Common European Framework

Who should take this exam?

You should take the KET if you can speak, write and understand basic English. This exam is the first step in building your English language skills for work or study in the future. To take the exam you should be able to:

  • ask and answer questions about yourself and others
  • understand announcements and instructions when people speak slowly and clearly
  • tell people what you think about something you read or hear.

What is the exam format?

There are three parts to the exam. You do the Reading & Writing and the Listening papers on the same day. You may need to return to do the Speaking on a different day. You do the Speaking part with two examiners and one other exam candidate.

KET READING AND WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
Time allowed 1 hr 10 mins 30mins 8 - 10 mins per pair of candidates
Marks (% of total) 50% 25% 25%

Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET)

Cambridge English: Preliminary is also known as the Preliminary English Test (PET). This exam level shows that you can communicate in English in practical, everyday situations. It will give you a good foundation if you want to study for a professional English qualification.

Level of qualification: Intermediate = B1 on the Common European Framework

Who should take this exam?

Studying for the PET will improve your English so that you can communicate when travelling or dealing with English speakers for work.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • express your likes and dislikes, and discuss them with others
  • understand spoken and written announcements and instructions
  • write a personal letter or take notes from a meeting or discussion.

How does the exam process work?

There are three parts to the exam. You do the Reading & Writing and the Listening papers on the same day. You may need to return to do the Speaking on a different day. You do the Speaking part with two examiners and one other exam candidate.

PET READING AND WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
Time allowed 1 hr 30 mins 30mins 10 - 12 mins per pair of candidates
Marks (% of total) 50% 25% 25%

Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)

Cambridge English: First is also called the First Certificate in English (FCE). This general English qualification proves that you can speak and write English well enough to work or study in an English-speaking environment.

Level of qualification: Upper intermediate = B2 on the Common European Framework

Who should take this exam?

You should study for the FCE if you want to work in an English-speaking business, live in an English-speaking country or study a foundation-level or pre-university course taught in English.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • write short reports and emails
  • explain an idea or have a detailed discussion in English
  • understand general English on TV and in newspapers.

How does the exam process work?

There are five parts to the FCE exam. You will complete the Reading, Writing, Use of English and Listening papers on the same day. The Speaking may be on the same or a different day. You do the speaking part with two examiners and one other candidate.

FCE READING   WRITING USE OF ENGLISH LISTENING SPEAKING
Time allowed 1 hr  1 hr 20 mins 45 mins 40 mins 14 mins 
Marks (% of total) 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Cambridge English: Advanced is also known as the Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE). This general English qualification shows that your English is of a standard expected of a professional business person or an undergraduate university student.

Level of qualification: Advanced = C1 on the Common European Framework

Who should take this exam?

You should take CAE if you want to prove to employers or universities that you can communicate confidently in English in professional and high-level academic situations. To take the exam you should be able to:

  • write complex reports and emails, and take notes in meetings or lectures
  • give presentations on complicated ideas in English
  • understand a variety of texts, from fiction to newspaper opinion pieces.

How does the exam process work?

There are five parts to the CAE exam. You will complete the Reading, Writing, Use of English and Listening papers on the same day. The Speaking may be on the same or a different day. You do the speaking with two examiners and one other candidate.

CAE READING  WRITING USE OF ENGLISH LISTENING SPEAKING
Time allowed 1 hr 15 mins 1 hr 30 mins 1 hr 40 mins 15 mins per pari pf candidates 
Marks (% of total) 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Cambridge English: Proficiency is also known as the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). This qualification shows that you have mastered English and can use it fluently in demanding research, academic and professional situations. This is the highest Cambridge English qualification.

Level of qualification: Proficient = C2 on the Common European Framework

Who should take this exam? 

You should take the CPE if you want to prove to employers that you can use English at a senior management level, or if you want to study at postgraduate or PhD level at an English-speaking university.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • understand almost everything you hear or read in English
  • use and understand formal, academic and colloquial language
  • negotiate, argue and discuss the subtle issues of complex subjects.

How does the exam process work?

There are four parts to the CPE exam. You will complete the Reading & Use of English, Writing and Listening papers on the same day. The Speaking may be on the same or a different day. You do the speaking with two examiners and one other candidate.

CPE READING AND USE OF ENGLISH WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
Time allowed 1 hr 30 mins 1 hr 30 mins 40 mins 16 mins per pair of candidates
Marks (% of total) 40% 20% 20% 20%