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Cambridge English Language Assessment
Why Cambridge English?
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Cambridge English can support you in delivering the highest standards in English language learning and teaching.
Download the Cambridge English for Schools policy makers guide
We can help you:
Use our benchmarking services to compare language ability in your region/country with international standards and make informed decisions on education policy.
Through benchmarking, you can:
• get reliable information about the existing levels of language ability of your students and teachers
• check the effectiveness of an ongoing language training programme for students and teachers
• find out how to close performance gaps and improve standards.
Cambridge English evaluated the current English competence of 12,000 state school students as part of the ministry’s national project – ‘English Opens Doors’ – to improve levels of English in Chile. The results were used to make necessary adjustments to the curriculum, teacher development and future English language assessment in Chile. In addition, we will now assess the English language skills of 240,000 students for the Ministry of Education.
Read the full Chile case study.
Our exams are supported by the largest dedicated research team of any provider of English language assessment. We can work with you, so you can:
• make policy decisions based on first-class research and reliable data analysis
• deliver meaningful data on outcomes, progress achieved and the wider impact of your policies on teaching and learning.
Cambridge English Language Assessment led the SurveyLang consortium that delivered the European Survey on Language Competences – a major initiative to support language learning policies across Europe. The survey, the first of its kind, provided data about the demographic, social, economic and educational situations that affect linguistic proficiency.
Read the full SurveyLang case study.
Our Cambridge English for Schools range of exams offer a progressive way to develop the English language skills of primary and secondary school students. All our exams are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the internationally agreed standard to describe language ability. This makes it easy to see the progress students are making in English, and for employers and educational institutions to recognise students’ ability.
Cambridge English is supporting the government in its initiative to raise the level of English among students and the workforce. To manage the project, the government created the Society for the Creation of Opportunities through Proficiency in English (SCOPE).
We developed a custom-made programme of language assessment, linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Since its launch in 2007, over 120,000 people have taken the Gujarat English Language Test with SCOPE.
Read the full State Government of Gujarat case study.
If you would like support in shaping your English curriculum, we can offer you a range of curriculum services to ensure your school meets international standards:
We can also provide training for schools and teachers in using your English language curriculum.
With our sister organisation Cambridge International Examinations, we are designing an English language curriculum that meets international standards, as well as supporting teacher development, and assessing students throughout their school careers.
Read the full Education Development Fund case study.
We offer extensive support for teachers preparing students for our exams, including:
Using a placement test to measure teachers’ English ability, the Thai Ministry of Education selected around 20,000 teachers to undergo training for our Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT). Teachers who did particularly well in the training were then able to attend a four-week teacher training course in Cambridge.
Read more about the Thailand Education Ministry case study
We regularly carry out impact studies that help governments access meaningful data on outcomes and the progress achieved, as well as the wider impact of policies on teaching and learning. Our impact service includes:
Our impact service can be customised and adapted to the specific needs of your organisation, region or country.
We carried out a study to measure the impact our teacher training and English language assessments have had on English language learning since they were introduced in 2009. The study showed that English levels have improved, teachers are more self-motivated and parents think highly of the programme.
Read more about the Hebei Education Department case study
You can read more case studies:
Our exams are designed and developed to motivate students at primary and secondary school. They bring learning to life, covering topics that students are familiar with and developing the skills they need to:
The exam levels progress from beginner to advanced level, so students can improve their English and build their confidence step by step.
Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE)
(CEFR Levels pre-A1, A1, A2)
Three fun, activity-based tests designed to motivate children and show how they progress in learning English.
Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools
(CEFR Level A2)
Shows students can use everyday English at a basic level.
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) for Schools
(CEFR Level B1)
Shows students can use everyday English at an intermediate level.
Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools
(CEFR Level B2)
Shows students can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level for work or study purposes.
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
(CEFR Level C1)
The internationally recognised standard to study and work in English-speaking countries.
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
(CEFR Level C2)
Our highest level exam which shows a person has exceptional English.
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Over 4,000 schools around the world have joined the hugely successful Cambridge English Penfriends initiative. Students can make friends with other English learners around the world by designing and sharing cards with schools in other countries. At Cambridge English, we believe that students should learn English in a way that is practical, fun and communicative, and should always have the opportunity to practise what they have learned.
If you would like to see how we can support your educational goals you can: