The Cambridge English Scale is a range of scores used for reporting the results of Cambridge English exams. It is built on our existing results reporting and years of research, and is designed to complement the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Cambridge exams: PET, FCE and CAE, what are they?

Congratulations if you have achieved a higher English Level. This means that now you are more than prepared to take more advanced English tests. For that, we offer our students the opportunity to test their skills by taking three different types of Cambridge exams: PET, FCE and CAE. But what are they and how they work?

In this post, you can understand the nuances among them and prepare yourself to shine!

What is PET? Intermediate Level

 B1 Preliminary is a Cambridge test for intermediate students. Once achieved, a B1 Preliminary, proves that you have achieved the basics of English and now have practical language skills for everyday use.

Why should I take PET?

  • Develop your ability to communicate in English for practical tasks and situations.
  • Gain a valuable qualification that is accepted worldwide.
  • Improve your work, study and travel prospects.

 How long does it take?

About 2 hours and 20 minutes

 What is FCE for Upper Intermediate Level?

A B2 First qualification shows that you can:

  • communicate effectively face-to-face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
  • follow the news
  • write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view
  • write letters, reports, stories and lots of other types of text.

Why should I take FCE?

  • Accepted for entry to foundation/pathway/pre-sessional courses in English-speaking countries.
  • Accepted for entry to undergraduate programmes taught in the medium of English in non-English-speaking countries.

 How long does it take?

About 3 and a half hours.

CAE – Advanced English Test

What is CAE?

C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), is one of our Cambridge English Qualifications. It is the in-depth, high-level qualification that shows you have the language skills that employers and universities are looking for.

What are they expecting from you?

  • Follow an academic course at university level
  • Communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level
  • Participate with confidence in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars
  • Express yourself with a high level of fluency.

Why should I take CAE?

  • Monthly test dates available at 2,800 exam centres around the world.
  • Accepted by over 8,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments.
  • Opens doors to international travel, work and study.

To help you to understand the scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), from A1 for beginners up to C2 (Proficiency level), Cambridge made available this diagram. Have a look at it.

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