UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Key English Test (KET)


The KET is a test that corresponds to the A2 level of the Common European Framework. At this level, candidates must be able to:
• Understand sentences and frequently used expressions that refer directly to everyday life (e.g. information about your family or friends, work, shopping etc.).
• Be understood in simple everyday situations.
• Use simple words to describe their origin, education and other topics related to their immediate needs.
The KET assesses reading comprehension skills, Listening and Speaking and consists of three parts:
• Reading and Writing
• Listening
• Speaking

Preliminary English Test (PET)


The PET is a test which corresponds to the B1 Level of the Common European Framework and it is an intermediate level qualification in English that opens the doors to opportunities for work, study and travel. At this level, candidates must be able to,
• Understand a normal conversation when it focuses on issues such as work, school, hobbies, etc..
• Know how to behave in most communication situations that can occur when traveling.
• To express themselves in a simple and consistent manner on familiar topics and personal interests. Candidates are able to share experiences and personal events and describe their dreams, hopes and goals. They are also able to briefly explain or justify their plans and opinions.
The PET is divided into three parts:
• Reading and Writing
• Listening
• Speaking

First Certificate in English (FCE)


The FCE corresponds to the B2 Level of the Common European Framework. The First Certificate is an exam for people who need to prove that they can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper intermediate level for work or study.

At this level candidates must be able to:
• Capture the essential ideas and meanings of texts and actively participate in technical conversations within their field of expertise.
• Communicate fluently and with ease when talking to native speakers.
• Express themselves clearly on a variety of topics.
• Be able to comment on news and examine the advantages and disadvantages of specific situations.
The FCE is divided into five parts:
• Reading Comprehension
• Writing
• Listening
• Use of language
• Speaking

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

 

This test corresponds to the C1 Level of the Common European Framework. The CAE is recognized by many universities and colleges in the UK, it certifies a level of English which allows access to undergraduate education. It is also recognised by companies worldwide.

At this level of language proficiency candidates must be able to:
• Understand a greater variety of more extensive and linguistically complex texts and recognize implicit meaning.
• Express themselves fluently and spontaneously without trying too hard to find the right expression.
• Make use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic or professional training.
• Produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects and be able to relate topics using an appropriate range of language.
The CAE exam consists of five parts:
• Reading Comprehension
• Writing
• Listening
• Use of language
• Speaking

Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)


This test corresponds to the C2 level of the Common European Framework. At this level of language proficiency candidates must be able to:

• Understand virtually everything they read and hear easily in a variety of formats such as fiction and non- fiction books, journals, reports and manuals.
• Summarize information from various sources whether oral or written

• Express themselves fluently, spontaneously and accurately, using the right tenses and idiomatic language at the right time even when discussing complex issues.

The CPE is recognised by many universities and colleges in the UK and other English speaking countries as proof of having reached a sufficient level of English to access higher education courses. The CAE is also recognized by companies worldwide.

The CPE exam consists of five parts:
• Reading Comprehension
• Writing
• Listening
• Use of language
• Speaking

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