General and Higher Educations

These qualifications are for learners who need English for career and higher education purposes. Whatever your goals, they will give you the skills to succeed.

A2 Key

This qualification is proof of your ability to use English to communicate in simple situations. A2 Key is a great exam to take if you’re new to learning English.

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*CB: computer-based; PB: paper-based

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See our range of preparation materials at cambridgeenglish.org/key/prepare

B1 Preliminary

This is an intermediate-level qualification for those who have mastered the basics of English and now have practical language skills for everyday use.

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See our range of preparation materials at cambridgeenglish.org/preliminary/prepare

B2 First

This qualification shows you have the language skills needed to communicate confidently in an English-speaking environment.

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See our range of preparation materials at cambridgeenglish.org/first/prepare

C1 Advanced

This is proof of high-level achievement in English and the ideal qualification to prepare you for university or professional life.

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See our range of preparation materials at cambridgeenglish.org/advanced/prepare

C2 Proficiency

This is our highest level qualification and it shows the world you have mastered English to an exceptional level.

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See our range of preparation materials at cambridgeenglish.org/proficiency/prepare

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

  • The CEFR is the international standard for describing language ability
  • It has six levels starting at A1 (basic) through to C2 (expert)
  • It describes what learners can do at each level of learning a language
  • It covers all four key language skills: reading , writing, speaking and listening
  • Cambridge Assessment English has been continuously involved in the research and development of the CEFR
  • Each Cambridge English Qualification targets a particular level of the CEFR and provides a clear focus for study programmes
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