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Why Cambridge English?
We offer learning, teaching and assessment support designed to motivate students to learn and measure their progress using international standards.
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.
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 to see the progress students
are making in English, and for employers and educational institutions to recognise students’ ability.
(CEFR Levels pre-A1, A1, A2)
Three fun, activity-based tests designed to motivate children and show how they progress in learning English.
Find out more about Cambridge English: Young Learners
(CEFR Level A2)
Shows students can use everyday English at a basic level.
Find out more about Cambridge English: Key for Schools
(CEFR Level B1)
Shows students can use everyday English at an intermediate level.
Find out more about Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools
(CEFR Level B2)
Shows students can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level for work or study purposes.
Find out more about Cambridge English: First for Schools
(CEFR Level C1)
The internationally recognised standard to study and work in English-speaking countries.
Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced
(CEFR Level C2)
Our highest level exam which shows a person has exceptional English.
Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency
Find out more about:
Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE)
Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) for Schools
Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
We offer a range of innovative materials and engaging learning opportunities and experiences for students, including:
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We support students in their English language learning through a growing number of fun, interactive games and social networking opportunities, including:
Find out more about English learning games and social networking
Cambridge English Language Assessment can support you in delivering the highest standards in English language learning and teaching.
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:
Find out more about how we can support you with benchmarking
Cambridge English exams are supported by the largest dedicated research team of any provider of English language assessment. We can work with you, so you can:
Find out more about how we can support you with research
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)
Find out more about our Cambridge English for Schools range of exams
We offer a range of curriculum services and other resources, so schools can deliver your education improvements. We can also provide training for schools and teachers in using your English language curriculum.
Your curriculum is central to the assessments students are asked to complete at different stages of their education, and to the provision of resources and training for teachers.
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:
A curriculum from Cambridge English
We have a curriculum for teaching English in schools, which schools can use as a framework for delivering your English language programme. It features detailed notes for teachers and regular progression tests, which schools can use to measure learners’ progress.
If you are already using a curriculum for learning English, we can map it to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and to Cambridge English exams. This means you can ensure that learners achieve the right level of ability, and work towards internationally recognised exams.
If you have specific requirements, we can develop an English language curriculum that meets your needs exactly.
Ask about the curriculum support available to you
Contact us to discuss how we can support your curriculum development
We offer extensive support for teachers preparing students for our exams, including:
Find out about Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications
Find out more about continuing professional development with Cambridge English Teacher
Find free resources for teachers
Use our existing network of centres to deliver your educational reform and policy changes. We have 2,800 authorised exam centres globally.
Find your nearest centre
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:
Assessing whether educational reform is working as intended. Is the reform delivering what you expected?
Enhancing and supporting learners’ prospects. What is the impact of your programme on learners? Are learners motivated and is their English language proficiency improving as a result of the programme?
Improving standards of teaching. What is the impact of your programme on teachers? In what ways has the programme impacted on teacher motivation, teaching practices, materials and curricula?
Using research to inform policy making. To what extent are your policy and reform decisions based on well-grounded research?
Monitoring and evaluating standards of language proficiency. Do you know what the current standards are? Do you know whether your programme has improved standards?
Our impact service can be customised and adapted to the specific needs of your organisation, region or country.
Find out more about our impact studies in our Making an Impact brochure (789Kb)
We are involved in programmes throughout the world that are helping policy makers and educational leaders meet their goals. Here are some examples.
Cambridge English Language Assessment 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
This study measured the impact of Cambridge English assessments on learning, teaching, schools and stakeholders. Cambridge English Language Assessment has worked with HED since 2009 on teacher training, using our Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), and integrating our Cambridge English: Key for Schools and Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools exams into the curriculum.
Our impact study showed that English levels at the six pilot schools have
improved, teachers are more self-motivated and parents think highly of the programme.
Cambridge English Language Assessment provided a benchmarking project and produced a new series of state exams for the ministry, as part of its nationwide foreign language initiative. We developed a range of national English language tests aligned with Colombian education standards and with existing international standards. The tests are now a key part of the government’s ongoing programme.
Read the full Colombia case study
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
Cambridge English Language Assessment designed a test especially for French school students to assess their English language ability in their final year of mandatory schooling. This was part of a nationwide project to improve French school-leavers’ second language ability and to assess that ability within an international framework.
Read the full French Ministry of National Education case study
Cambridge English Language Assessment 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
We assessed the impact of the Progetto Lingue 2000 initiative on teachers, teacher training and curricula. This programme aimed to place greater emphasis on the development of communicative competence in all grades of the school system.
We were able to provide evidence that English teachers had enhanced and broadened their methodological and pedagogical skills using a more communicative approach in their teaching, focusing on learner needs.
Read more about this project in our Making an Impact brochure (PDF 791kb)
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a new bilingual language education programme in the state school sector.
We conducted an impact study that showed learners’ English ability had improved, teaching practices were more student-centred and teachers were working more collaboratively with each other. We were also able to report on areas of the reform that teachers felt could be further improved, such as increased parental involvement.
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To set up an introductory meeting, contact one of our 25 offices around the world. Find your nearest Cambridge English Language Assessment office
For more information about how we can support you with English language education, email us at email@example.com
We have a strong track record of helping ministries and regional and national governments to administer large-scale exams through our global network of 2,700 centres in 130 countries. Find Cambridge English exam centres in your country