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International Certificates

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There are many different organizations which provide International English Examination certificates. Two of the most widely accepted are Cambridge and IELTS.  What do these Certificates mean, and which one is better for you?

Some certificates are preferred by universities and businesses over others but usually they will accept a different certificate which is at the same level. You need to check with the organistion first.

How do Cambridge and IELTS exam levels compare?  http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/our-exams-on-cambridge-english-scale.jpg

All the exams test your ability in all four English Language skills -

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

Here is a list of the different exam levels and what they mean in real life.

 

 

Cambridge English: KEY (KET )    CEFR level A2


This basic-level qualification is a great exam to take if you're new to learning English.

A Cambridge English: Key (KET) qualification is proof of your ability to use English to communicate in simple situations.

It will give you the confidence to go on and study for higher-level exams.

A Cambridge English: Key Certificate shows you can:

  • Understand and use basic phrases and expressions
  • Understand simple written English
  • Introduce yourself and answer basic questions about yourself
  • Interact with English speakers at a basic level

KEY FACTS

CEFR LEVEL:           A2

TEST FORMAT:     Computer or paper based

No. Of PAPERS:   3

EXAM LENGTH:    About 2 hours

Cambridge English:  Preliminary (PET)    CEFR level B1


Shows you have mastered the basics of English and now have practical skills for everyday use.

A Cambridge English: Preliminary Certificate shows you can:

  • Read simple text books and articles in English
  • Write letters and emails on everyday subjects
  • Take meeting notes
  • Give opinions in spoken and written English

KEY FACTS

CEFR LEVEL:           B1

TEST FORMAT:      Computer or paper based

No. Of PAPERS:     3

EXAM LENGTH:    About 2 hours 20 minutes

Cambridge English:  First Certificate  (FCE)    CEFR level B2

The most popular qualification, accepted by thousands of businesses and educational institutions worldwide.

Proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English.

A Cambridge English: First Certificate qualification shows you can:

  • Communicate effectively expressing opinions and presenting arguments
  • Follow the news
  • Write clear detailed English, expressing opinions, differences and points of view
  • Write letters, reports, summaries, stories and various other texts

KEY FACTS

CEFR LEVEL:           B2

SCALE SCORE:       160 - 190

TEST FORMAT:      Computer or paper based

No. Of PAPERS:     4

EXAM LENGTH:    About 3.5 hours

Cambridge English:  Advanced (CAE)    CEFR level C1


The in-depth, high-level qualification that shows you have the language skills that employers and universities are looking for.

Preparing for Cambridge English: Advanced helps learners develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries

More than 6,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) as proof of high-level achievement in learning English. 

A Cambridge English: Advanced Certificate qualification shows you can:

  • Choose an academic course at university level
  • Communicate effectively at managerial and professional level
  • Participate confidently in seminars, meetings and academic tutorials
  • Express yourself with a high level of fluency

KEY FACTS

CEFR LEVEL:           C1

SCALE SCORE:       180 - 210

TEST FORMAT:      Computer or paper based

No. Of PAPERS:     4

EXAM LENGTH:    About 4 hours

Cambridge English:  Proficiency (CPE)    CEFR level C2


The highest-level qualification – proof that you are a highly competent speaker of English.

A Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) qualification shows the world that you have mastered English to an exceptional level. It proves you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker.

Preparing for and passing the exam means you have the level of English that’s needed to study or work in a very senior professional or academic environment, for example on a postgraduate or PhD programme

A Cambridge English: Proficiency Certificate qualification shows you can:

  • Study demanding subjects at the highest level including postgraduate and PhD programmes
  • Negotiate and persuade effectively at senior management level
  • Understand and complete complex pieces of writing
  • Talk about complex, sensitive issues dealing confidently with difficult questions

KEY FACTS

CEFR LEVEL:           C2

SCALE SCORE:       200 - 230

TEST FORMAT:      Computer or paper based

No. Of PAPERS:     4

EXAM LENGTH:    About 4 hours

Cambridge English: Business Preliminary (BEC Prelim)    CEFR level B1


Learn the practical language skills you need to start doing business in English.

With a Cambridge English: Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary) qualification, you show employers that you have a good knowledge of English for practical, everyday use in business.

A Cambridge English: Business Preliminary certificate shows that you can:

  • Talk about business subjects
  • Understand charts and graphs
  • Write short business emails
  • Follow simple telephone conversations

KEY FACTS

CEFR LEVEL:           B1

TEST FORMAT:      Computer or paper based

No. Of PAPERS:     3

EXAM LENGTH:    About 2 hours 20 minutes

Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage)    CEFR level B2


With a
 Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage) qualification, you show employers that you are ready to work successfully in international business. This exam could help you when applying for new jobs, getting a promotion, or developing your career.

A Cambridge English: Business Vantage certificate shows that you can:

  • Write business messages and reports
  • Read and understand business publications
  • Listen, understand and give opinions in meetings

KEY FACTS

CEFR LEVEL:           B2

TEST FORMAT:      Computer or paper based

No. Of PAPERS:      4

EXAM LENGTH:    About 2 hours 40 minutes

Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher)    CEFR level C1


With a
 Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Vantage) qualification, now you  have the practical language skills needed to work effectively at a senior level in international business.

With this certificate you show employers you have worked for and reached the highest level of business English.

A Cambridge English: Business Vantage certificate shows that you can:

  • Communicate effectively in a professional senior management level
  • Participate confidently in meetings and presentations
  • Express yourself with a high level of fluency
  • Communicate appropriately in different cultural and social situations

KEY FACTS

CEFR LEVEL:           B2

TEST FORMAT:      Computer or paper based

No. Of PAPERS:     4

EXAM LENGTH:    About 2 hours 40 minutes

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)


IELTS is widely accepted by Educational institutions, employers, professional registration bodies and government immigration agencies who often require proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admission procedures, especially in the USA. Over 2.5 million tests are taken each year.

IELTS uses a 9-band scale to identify proficiency level, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9)

Two types of IELTS test

  • Academic - is for those planning to study in higher education or register for professional registration.
  • General Training - focuses on basic survival skills in both social and workplace settings.   Usually it is for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs.

IELTS:

  • Start your journey into work or study in another country
  • Prove your English language skills
  • Decide on a module to match your goals- Academic or General training

KEY FACTS

BAND SCORE RANGE:   1 - 9  (CEFR Level A1-C1+)

TEST FORMAT:                Paper based

NO OF PAPERS:               4

LENGTH:                          about 2 hours 45 minutes








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