There are lots of benefits to choosing Cambridge English for Schools, for teachers and for students:
Open up a world of possibilities for your students – by taking our exams as they progress through school, your students will have a significant advantage when they are ready to apply for higher education or work.
Motivate your students – our Cambridge English for Schools range of exams has been created specifically for children and young people.
Show your school meets international standards – get objective evidence that your students are making progress and prove the success of your English language programme.
Make English relevant – our exams cover all four language skills and test real communicative language ability.
Improve students’ English one step at a time – our exams start at beginner level and go through to higher level exams, so your students can build their confidence step by step.
Get unrivalled support for your teachers and students – our range of innovative learning and teaching resources means teachers and students have the support they need.
What do you get with Cambridge English for Schools?
All our exams are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the internationally agreed standard to describe language ability. This makes it easy for you to compare qualifications and see how they relate to examinations in your country.
Because we offer internationally recognised exams from beginner to advanced level, you can offer students a graded step-by-step approach which helps build their confidence and shows you the progress that learners are making in English.
Motivate your students in their English learning with our wide range of colourful, creative and imaginative learning resources.
Free resources and support
Exam preparation and practice materials
Make sure your students are familiar with the format of their test by looking at sample papers and downloading other free resources. Find out more about exam preparation resources
Word list picture book
You can use this book to help your students improve in English and learn new words. It has many of the words children have to know for the Cambridge English: Starters test.
Download Cambridge English: Starters word list picture book (pdf 8.06MB)
Official Cambridge English preparation materials
For the best exam preparation, use Cambridge English exam preparation resources, including:
- preparation courses with real-life learning activities
- practice tests
- support materials.
Find Cambridge English resources
Games and social media
Cambridge English Penfriends
Cambridge English Penfriends is an exciting way for children learning English to connect with each other across the world, through their school.
Every school that takes part is linked to a school in another country. Your students can design and exchange cards with students at schools throughout the world.
Find out more about Cambridge English Penfriends
Visit our Monkey's favourite places and play 8 mini games to test your English. Unlock new games as you progress - but watch out, the games get harder as you go along!
- Exam level: Young Learners (Starters, Movers, Flyers)
- CEFR level: A1-A2
- Skills practised: Reading
Play Monkey Puzzles
An unknown alien life form lands on earth and has to learn English to get around. Progress through different difficulty levels by helping the alien use English in a range of situations such as shopping in a bakery or visiting places such as an art gallery and library.
- Exam level: Preliminary, (PET), First (FCE), Advanced (CAE)
- CEFR level: B1-C1
- Skills practised: Reading
Play Academy Island
Meet the ringmaster and visit the funfair…
- Exam level: Young Learners (Movers, Flyers), Key (KEY), Preliminary (PET)
- CEFR level: A1-B1
- Skills practised: Reading, Listening
Funland - coming soon
Cambridge English Facebook page (Facebook policy says users must be over 13 years old)
Cambridge English TV YouTube channel
How to find our support
Download free sample papers
Find free resources on our teaching support website
Find official Cambridge English preparation materials
Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications
We offer the widest range of teaching qualifications in the world, for teachers at all levels of experience and development:
Cambridge English Teacher
Cambridge English Teacher is an online professional development and networking space for English language teachers, where teachers can:
- join a prestigious community of language teaching professionals
- take high-quality, online professional development courses
- interact with other teachers and leading names in English language teaching through webinars and discussion forums
- benefit from a library of Cambridge resources
- build an online professional development profile that showcases your achievements.
Teachers can join now at www.CambridgeEnglishTeacher.org
English language exams
Teachers can improve their own English language skills by taking Cambridge English exams. Find out more about our exams
Cambridge English Teacher website
We have a comprehensive range of free teaching resources and information to support English language teachers throughout the world. Teachers can download handbooks, lesson plans, worksheets, games and classroom activities. Teachers can also join our lively teacher community when they register for a free account
Teachers can find out more about our exams at our free online seminars for teachers. Led by a team of experts, the webinars give teachers the opportunity to ask questions and download:
- support materials
- a certificate of attendance
- a recording of the presentation.
See how Cambridge English Language Assessment supports teachers in preparing students for a bright future
Find out more about classroom teaching resources
Find out more about Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications
Find out more about Cambridge English Teacher
Find out more about webinars for teachers
Students at 40,000 schools around the world prepare for Cambridge English exams. Find out what the principals, exam managers and teachers have to say about our exams.
“Having a certificate from Cambridge makes parents proud and acts as a motivation for the students. We chose to offer Cambridge English tests as they are linked to internationally recognised standards that accurately assess a learner’s proficiency in English ... ”
– Dr Mohammad Qassem Saefan, English Department Supervisor, Abu Baker Asdeeq Independent Secondary School, Qatar
“Preparing for a Cambridge English exam is highly motivating for students.”
– Mark Thomas, English Teacher, VHS Berlin-Pankow, Germany
“The introduction of Cambridge English: Young Learners has changed the traditional way of teaching a language. It has become more interesting.”
– Savita Travis, Chennai Public School, India
“Preparing pupils for Cambridge exams at an early age, with step-by-step progress and in a safe classroom environment, will empower them to succeed in all levels in the future. They soon realise they are able to do it and look forward to preparing for the next exam.”
– Luciane Calcara, Colégio Farroupilha, Porto Alegre, Brazil
“The tasks are age-appropriate and fun enough for young learners to forget that they are being assessed. Most importantly, while preparing for the tests, students can enhance their real-life communication skills. I think that’s what makes Cambridge English: Young Learners outstanding.”
– Ji Young Kim, English Teacher, South Korea
“When it comes to changes in the students’ behaviour, I have to say that many of them asked for practice exams during the break. They feel they want to be ready for this. They started to feel how important this is, especially after seeing that it is becoming serious, not just a plan that is in the air!”
– Mina Akladios, Centre Exams Manager, Mission laïque française school, Alexandria, Egypt