Working to improve language learning
As part of the Cambridge Assessment group, Cambridge English Language Assessment can access a vast resource of research and expertise in delivering educational assessment services to the state sector in the UK and many other countries.
Our sister organisations, Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) and Cambridge International Examinations provide school and vocational examinations in many countries, and have been involved in the development of numerous national qualification systems.
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Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment have brought together their expertise in the development of courses, support and practice tests to provide teachers with official preparation materials for Cambridge English exams. We also work closely with Cambridge University Press on projects such as English Profile, and to publish research, such as Studies in Language Testing (SiLT)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Our work with IDP Education Australia and the British Council to deliver IELTS remains one of our key partnerships. Since its launch in 1989, millions of test takers have chosen IELTS to make their study, work and travel ambitions a reality. More than 1.7 million tests are now taken annually.
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Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE)
We continue to be a very active partner in ALTE, and have taken a leading role in:
- organising key ALTE events in Barcelona, Santiago and Maynooth, Ireland
- developing ALTE’s foundation courses for professional development
- hosting major ALTE events in Cambridge (2008) and Kraków (2011).
The ALTE Secretariat is based in our head office in Cambridge.
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Council of Europe
Cambridge English Language Assessment worked closely with the Council of Europe to define the principles and approaches of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the standard benchmark used internationally to describe language ability. All Cambridge English exams are mapped to the framework.
More about the CEFR
Go to Council of Europe website
Cambridge English Language Assessment is one of the key partners in the English Profile project which is further developing the CEFR by delivering detailed descriptions of what English learners can be expected to know at each CEFR level.
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Cambridge English Language Assessment led the SurveyLang consortium that delivered the European Survey on Language Competences (ESLC) – a major initiative by the European Commission to support the development of language learning policies across Europe. The Survey – the first rigorous study on such a large scale – compares the achievement of secondary school pupils in each country and looks in depth at the factors which influence successful language teaching and learning.
Go to SurveyLang website
Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments (CaMLA)
Since 2010, we have been working with the University of Michigan English Language Institute Testing and Certification Division to promote Michigan English language exams around the world. Together, we are also working with stakeholders in different commercial and educational sectors, especially in the USA, to develop testing solutions tailored precisely to their needs. This means learners and institutions can choose between a range of tests that exactly meet their needs.
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National and regional education authorities
Cambridge English Language Assessment works closely with national and regional education authorities to deliver strategic language assessment projects in countries all over the world. In many cases these projects have formed the basis of long-term relationships.
Find out more about our work with education authorities
Find out more about our Cambridge English for Schools range of exams
Schools and professional teaching associations
To extend our reach, we work closely with large language school chains, professional organisations and other institutions around the world, including:
- International House
- Latin American British Cultural Institutes (LABCI)
- Associação Brasileira de Culturas Inglesas
- International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
- Kaplan Aspect.