Cambridge English Exams
The Most Important Ones
You Should Know About
The Cambridge English exams are some of the most
recognized in the world.
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From Young Learners' exams to specialized business English exams, there
is an exam to suit every English learner's needs.
This article will focus on the main suite of exams: KET
The first stage: KET
exam is the K
It covers basic and elementary level English and it demonstrates that
you can use English in easy situations.
It also shows that you have learned the basics of the language.
It corresponds to level A2 of the CEFR
(Common European Framework of Reference)
which is the most commonly used standard to measure English
language ability, and the Cambridge exams are based on it.
The exam consists of three parts:
- Reading and writing
There is also a version of this exam designed to be used in schools.
is equivalent to level B1 of the CEFR.
As with the KET, it covers the four main skills.
It demonstrates that the student can speak to and understand native
speakers and can understand texts on a wider variety of subjects than
students who have taken the KET exam.
Schools also have the option of offering the PET for Schools exam,
which is very similar, but with materials designed for younger
is different from the first two main Cambridge exams as it also
contains a grammar section, called "Use of English."
There are four written papers in this exam:
- Use of English
There is also a speaking test, taken in pairs, which lasts
approximately 15 minutes.
This exam is an upper intermediate exam and is equivalent to level B2
of the CEFR.
It is recognized by many companies worldwide, including American
Express, as an indication of English ability.
It is also accepted by many colleges and schools around the world as
evidence of an ability good enough for study purposes.
an advanced level examination which is recognized by more than 11,000
employers and colleges worldwide.
It is also approved by the Australian government for student visas, and
by the UK Border Agency towards tier 4 student visas.
The exam itself covers:
- Use of English
It is very difficult to pass this exam without specific preparation for
it, so a course of study in an accredited language school is highly
The final exam in the Cambridge main suite of exams is the C
ertificate of P
roficiency in E
Companies such as Coca Cola and academic institutions including
Cambridge University accept the CPE as evidence of a very high level of
The same skills are tested in this exam as in the other Cambridge main
suite of exams, but to a much higher level.
A course of study at a language school is highly recommended as part of
The ability to use idioms and abstract language accurately and
appropriately becomes much more important at this level, as does the
ability to understand a wider variety of texts – both written and aural
These qualifications are all recognized worldwide and if you are
looking for a general English exam, then the Cambridge English exams
provide the most comprehensive measurement of your skills.