Cambridge English combines the experience and expertise of Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cambridge University Press.
Cambridge English Language Assessment is the new name for University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.
The new name and new logo will be introduced gradually during 2013, and our exams, certificates, statements of results and other official documentation, will change from November 2013.
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Sample papers and preparation materials
Why take the exam?
These are just a few of the leading organisations that will accept your certificate:
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Cambridge English: Preliminary candidate
Choosing Cambridge English: Preliminary enables you to:
Cambridge English: Preliminary is an intermediate level English language exam. Preparing for the exam will help you improve your language skills so you can:
Cambridge English: Preliminary shows that you can use English to communicate with native speakers for everyday purposes.
The exam will help you improve your language skills so you can:
What level is Cambridge English: Preliminary?
Cambridge English: Preliminary is set at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Reaching this level means you can:
Cambridge English: Preliminary is respected and accepted internationally. It:
You have a lot of flexibility with Cambridge English: Preliminary. You can choose from:
Once you have your Cambridge English certificate, you hold one of the most valuable English qualifications in the world. It’s an achievement you can be really proud of.
Your Cambridge English: Preliminary certificate will be accepted as a qualification in intermediate English by thousands of leading businesses and educational institutions around the world, including:
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To help you prepare for your exam, there is a huge range of support products and services available.
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As a result of new regulations introduced by the UK Home Office, from 1 April 2013 all candidates wishing to use Cambridge English: Preliminary for immigration to the UK will be required to have a test day photo taken for result verification purposes. In addition to a test day photo, candidates will also need to provide their passport number. Therefore, candidates that require a test day photo should use their passport as their identification on the day of their test.
If you wish to use your result for immigration purposes you should notify the centre where you sit the exam. Test day photos ensure that your exam is secure and is even more trusted and valued. Photos taken on the day of the exam will be made available to the UK Home Office so that they can verify your result.
Before any of our exams are released for use, up to 150,000 real learners around the world pretest them to ensure that they are accurate and fair.
Find out more about pretesting, how it benefits learners, teacher and schools, and how you can take part
A forum organised by Cambridge English Language Assessment brought together school owners, directors, school principals, heads of English Language department, education professionals and policy makers in the UAE to discuss the importance of setting and achieving English language standards.
Educational games and having fun are great ways for children to improve their English skills, according to a department of Cambridge University.
Cambridge English Language Assessment has now launched 25 new websites around the world in 20 different languages.
New horizons in teaching, learning and assessing language around the world were discussed at a major conference in Cambridge this week.
British Ambassador to Greece John Kittmer praised the excellence of the English spoken by older and younger generations of Greeks at a special celebration to mark 100 years of Cambridge English exams.
Cambridge English Language Assessment organises hundreds of events worldwide every year. The events range from seminars for teachers, attendance at local, national and international English language teaching events, and the organisation of the major testing and assessment conferences. We also run a very well-attended programme of webinars throughout the year.
Cambridge English Language Assessment offers you lots of ways of using online communities to get the most out of learning or teaching English.
© UCLES 2013
© UCLES 2013