English Language Certificates
Over 1 million candidates take the IELTS test each year to enhance their prospects in English-speaking countries and beyond. IELTS has been designed to assess the language ability of candidates intending to follow a programme of study in an English-speaking country.
Online Practice Tests:
You will find online IELTS practice tests on the IELTS website: http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample.aspx
For IELTS examination dates, click here.
International Legal English Certificate / ILEC
For any lawyer working on international cases, English is an essential tool. Cambridge ILEC assesses English language ability and was created to meet the needs of both employers and lawyers.
Employers may demand the ILEC qualification as proof of a good working knowledge of English for use in an international legal environment. It gives prospective legal professionals the opportunity to certify that they have an appropriate level of English to be able to communicate with clients and professionals in other countries, and to be able to deal effectively with legal material written in English. It is also suitable for law students intending to follow courses taught in English.
Cambridge ILEC assesses English language ability at levels B2 and C1.
What the exam consists of:
The Cambridge ILEC exam consists of four separate papers testing reading, writing, listening and speaking, which together last 3.5 hours. Cambridge ILEC is based on realistic tasks and topics that legal practitioners might expect to encounter in their daily working lives.
Examination results are normally announced approximately 6 weeks following the examination date. Candidates who receive a passing grade will receive a Certificate awarded by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.
For more information, visit the Cambridge ESOL website: http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/professional-english/ilec.html
For ILEC examination dates, click here.
KET KEY ENGLISH TEST CEFR / A2
The Key English Test (KET) is at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It recognizes English language ability at a basic level and gives a pathway to higher qualifications at Cambridge Level Two such as the Preliminary English Test (PET), and other Cambridge examinations.
Click here to download sample papers:
Sample Paper R&W KET (pdf file)
Online Practice Tests:
For KET online practice tests (Computer Based KET tests), visit:: http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/exams-info/computer-based-practice.html
For KET examination dates, click here.
PET PRELIMINARY ENGLISH TEST / CEFR B1
The Preliminary English Test (PET) is at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students at this level are able to use English in everyday situations calling for predictable or factual use of the language, in their country or abroad, and are in a position to effectively communicate with English speakers.
Online Practice Tests:
For PET online practice tests (Computer Based PET tests), visit: http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/exams-info/computer-based-practice.html
For PET examination dates, click here.
The First Certificate in English (FCE) has the most candidate entries among all Cambridge examinations. It is set at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Learners at this level are expected to be able to use basic linguistic structures fairly confidently, exhibiting extensive vocabulary and be in a position to effectively communicate on a wide range of topics and in diverse situations.
CAMBRIDGE F.C.E. (First Certificate in English) CEFR/B2
The FCE tests learners’ ability in both the written as well as the spoken forms of the language. It consists of five (5) papers:
- Reading / Paper 1
- Writing / Paper 2
- Use of English / Paper 3
- Listening / Paper 4
- Speaking / Paper 5
Online Practice Tests:
For FCE online practice tests, visit: http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/exams-info/computer-based-practice.html
For FCE examination dates, click here.
FIRST CERTIFICATE IN ENGLISH FOR SCHOOLS (FCE FOR SCHOOLS) / B2
‘FCE for Schools’ is a new version of the First Certificate in English examination. It follows exactly the same format and the level of question papers is identical to the FCE examination. The only difference is that the content and treatment of topics in this examination have been particularly targeted at the interests and experience of school-aged learners, making it an ideal choice for these learners.
Advantages of the ‘FCE for Schools’ examination:
What are the differences between the FCE and ‘FCE for Schools’ examinations?
- It follows exactly the same format and level and leads to exactly the same internationally recognized Cambridge English Certificate as the FCE.
- Its content and treatment of topics have been particularly targeted at the interests and experience of school-aged learners, based on situations familiar to them and aimed at boosting their confidence.
- It is a friendly examination and an ideal choice for learners wishing to certify their English language ability at B2 level.
- It follows on from the PET for Schools examination (B1).
- It is open to all candidates irrespective of age.
- Successfully passing the ‘FCE for Schools’ examination fills learners with enthusiasm and motivation to progress to examinations testing a higher level of language ability. για να προχωρήσουν και σε εξετάσεις για πιστοποιητικά.
The ‘FCE for Schools’ examination forms part of the ‘English for Schools’ examination series, which has been specially adapted to the needs of school-aged learners. It follows the same format and corresponds to exactly the same level of language ability as the FCE examination (B2).
However, the difference in topics and content in terms of exam papers, render it an ideal and more accessible option for candidates. At the same time, it is open to all, regardless of age.
The designation ‘for Schools’ –KET for Schools, PET for Schools, FCE for Schools- exclusively refers to the age of the candidates to whom the examination is primarily addressed without, however, setting any age limits.
Is ‘FCE for Schools’ the examination for you?
If the above describe your current skills or the level of language ability you aspire to attain, then the ‘FCE for Schools’ is the suitable examination for you.
- You can comprehend texts across a diverse range of topics
- You are in a position to make notes in English while someone is speaking in English
- You are able to keep up a conversation in English on a wide range of topics
- You can understand people speaking in English on radio broadcasts or television programmes.
How will the ‘FCE for Schools’ help you?
The ‘FCE for Schools’ is set at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – an internationally recognized benchmark of language ability jointly developed by Cambridge ESOL. This Framework has established six levels to describe language ability, ranging from A1 to C2. ‘Can Do’ statements have been used to describe these levels in terms of real language skills.
At B2 level, typical users can be expected to:
Format of the Examination
- Understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing
- Keep up a conversation on a wide range of topics, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
- Produce clear, detailed writing, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view.
The ‘FCE for Schools’ examination consists of five papers: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking.
- Reading: 1 hour. You will need to demonstrate ability to read and understand information in fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines.
- Writing: 1 hour and 20 minutes. You will have to produce two different pieces of writing such as a short story, a letter, an article, a report, a review or an essay, of between 120-180 words each.
- Use of English: 45 minutes. This paper consists of exercises testing your ability to appropriately use grammar and vocabulary.
- Listening: 40 minutes. You will need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of spoken material, including speeches, news programmes and public announcements.
- Speaking: 14 minutes. You will be required to demonstrate ability to keep up a conversation in English on a wide range of topics, under three different circumstances: in discussion with the examiner, with other candidates and by yourself. You normally take the Speaking paper with one or two other candidates.
The ‘FCE for Schools’ examination can be taken in May and December (for more information, click here).
The Speaking paper is taken on specific dates – please contact our School for further information.
Click on the following links to access FCE Sample Papers:
FCE (pdf file)
FCE listening (pdf file)
FCE Use of english (pdf file)
FCE writing (pdf file)
Cambridge Advanced Certificate / CUFR C1
The Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) is set at level C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Learners at this level are expected to be in a position to use English confidently and fluently. At this level, learners are expected to demonstrate a high level of language ability in most situations that may arise in an English-speaking country, in terms of real-life language skills as well as in the framework of professional and academic settings.
Online Practice Tests:
For CAE Online Practice Tests, visit: http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/exams-info/computer-based-practice.html
For CUFR C1 examination dates, click here.
Cambridge Proficiency CPE / CUFR C2
The Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) is set at level C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is the most advanced Cambridge examination, attesting to exceptional English ability. It is addressed to students who are highly fluent in English and can effectively communicate in English in nearly every context.
Click on the following link to access CPE Sample Papers:
Sample Paper Reading CPE (pdf file)
Sample Paper Speaking CPE (pdf file)
Sample Paper Use of English (pdf file)
Sample Paper Writing CPE (pdf file)
Sample Paper Listening CPE (pdf file)
Listening CPE Part 1 (mp3 file)
Listening CPE Part 2 (mp3 file)
Listening CPE Part 3 (mp3 file)
Listening CPE Part 4 (mp3 file)