The cost of entering for a Cambridge English exam depends on which exam you take and where you take it. Please contact your local centre for further information.
Go to page for the exam you want to take and clicking ‘exam dates’ and click on the ‘Exam dates’ section.
Please note that not all centres will offer all of these dates shown. You should contact your centre to find out which dates they offer.
You will take your Speaking test up to several days before or after the other papers. Your centre will arrange the date for your Speaking test. For more information, contact your centre.
We are not able to give specific advice on which exam you should take. The following information should help when deciding which exam is right for you:
Try the Test your English online test
Look at sample papers
Yes. Although Cambridge English exams are designed for non-native speakers of English, there are no language-related restrictions.
There is no age limit on our exams. Candidates of any age are welcome to take our exams. However Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) contains some texts and tasks which are likely to be more suitable for candidates with a certain degree of maturity in their handling of abstract ideas and concepts.
Also, some of our exams have been specifically designed for school-aged learners:
- Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools
- Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) for Schools
- Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools
- Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE)
We offer a wide range of exams and qualifications for learners and teachers of English. There are exams for learners at all levels and for a wide range of purposes:
See our full list of exams
You can only take Cambridge English exams through an authorised test centre so you will need to find a centre in a nearby country. There are 2,700 centres offering Cambridge English exams worldwide.
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Exam centres do not necessarily offer all Cambridge English exams or every available exam date. If your local centre is not offering the exam/date that you would like, you will need to travel to take your exam at a different centre. There are 2,700 centres offering Cambridge English exams worldwide.
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You can take BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) online and there are computer-based versions of many of our exams. You will still need to register with an authorised exam centre in order to take your exam.
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Yes. All tasks are written and edited to strict guidelines to ensure that materials are suitable for a range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. All test items are pretested before use in the exams, and any that are too difficult or discriminate unfairly are rejected. On average, over 200,000 candidates take part in pretesting each year.
More about pretesting
Many Cambridge English exams are recognised by the UK Home Office for the language requirement for spouses. You can find more information here:
UK visas for spouses and partners
Of these, Cambridge English: Key, also known as Key English Test (KET), is our lowest level test, and is at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You can find further information about all our exams here:
See exam overview
You can find a table showing how all of our exams are aligned to the CEFR (A1–C2) here:
Exams and CEFR
If you need to enter for one of these awards, you will need to contact an approved examination centre:
Find an authorised centre
Find an IELTS centre
Further information can be found on the UK Home Office website:
Go to UK Home Office website
Yes. To see sample papers go to the page of the exam you are interested in taking. Then click the ‘How to prepare’ link in the side navigation. Sample papers can be downloaded here under the ‘Free support materials’ heading.
The number of guided learning hours will vary according to your need and should be determined by your teacher. Together, for Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, if you are under 16 years of age, a figure of 120–140 hours should act as a guide. For a single part (e.g. Speaking and Listening), a figure of 60–70 hours should act as a guide.
Yes. Your responses to tasks in the Cambridge English exams are acceptable in varieties of English which would enable you to function in the widest range of international contexts. Some degree of consistency, however, is expected in areas such as spelling.
The only exam where dictionaries can be used is ESOL Skills for Life Reading (Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3). Dictionaries are not allowed in any other Cambridge English exam. This is because many of the questions test your understanding of the meaning of words and how they are used. All the material is pretested, and this ensures that texts and questions are at an appropriate level.
Highlighter pens may be used on the question papers, but must not be used on the answer sheets.
Pencils should be used in all papers (and the Candidate Information Sheet) for:
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) for Schools
Cambridge English: Key (KET)
Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools
Cambridge English: Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary)
For the following exams, pencils should be used in all papers (and the Candidate Information Sheet) except Writing papers. Pens should be used in Writing papers.
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
Cambridge English: First (FCE)
Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools
Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher)
Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage)
Cambridge English: Legal (ILEC)
Cambridge English: Financial (ICFE)
TKT (all modules) Pencils should be used.
Delta Module One (Papers 1 and 2) Pencils should be used
No. Correction fluid and correction tape may not be used in any Cambridge English exam paper.
It is perfectly acceptable to use phrasal verbs in Cambridge English exams, providing that they are suitable to the context and that they are not used as responses where a single word answer is required.
The regulations are the rules for candidates and examination centres that we use to make sure that our exams are run fairly and securely.
If you are a candidate, your examination centre will send you a summary of the regulations. You can ask to see the full regulations at your examination centre, or you can download them here.