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These are the world's leading range of certificates for learners of English. Each year, they are taken by over 2 million people, in 130 countries and are widely recognised for work and study purposes.

The exams are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, published by the Council of Europe.

Cambridge ESOL provides a Special Arrangements service, for example for candidates with learning difficulties, hearing difficulties or visual difficulties.

General English

KET (Key English Test)
An elementary level exam, testing your ability to deal with basic written and spoken communications.

PET (Preliminary English Test)
An intermediate level exam, testing your ability to cope with everyday written and spoken communications.

FCE (First Certificate in English)
An upper intermediate level exam - ideal if you can deal confidently with a range of written and spoken communications.

CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)
An advanced exam - if you can communicate with confidence in English for work or study purposes, this is the exam for you.

CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
A very advanced level exam - perfect if you have achieved a high level of language skills and are able to function effectively in almost any English-speaking context.

Skills-based assessment

CELS (Certificates in English Language Skills)
These certificates provide modular assessment of English language skills and are ideal if you don't need to achieve the same level across all four skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking).
Certificates in ESOL Skills for Life
These certificates provide flexible assessment of ESOL learners in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and are fully based on the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum.

Business English

BEC (Business English Certificates)
A suite of three exams designed to test English language ability used in the context of business. They are ideal if you are preparing for a career in business.

BULATS (Business Language Testing Service)
A multilingual assessment service for companies that require a rapid, accurate means of assessing language skills in English, French, German and Spanish.

Professional English

ILEC (International Legal English Certificate)
For lawyers and law students requiring English language skills to work effectively in the international legal environment. Developed with TransLegal.

ICFE (International Certificate in Financial English)
For accountants and finance professionals requiring English language skills to communicate effectively in international business communities. Developed with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Academic English

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
The ideal test if you need to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS scores are recognised by universities and colleges, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

Young Learners English

YLE (Cambridge Young Learners English Tests)
An enjoyable and non-threatening way of assessing the English of children between the ages of 7 and 12.



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