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From January 2015 we started using a new way of reporting results for our exams to provide you with more detailed information about exam performance – the Cambridge English Scale.
Our exams on the Cambridge English Scale
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The Cambridge English Scale is a range of scores used for reporting the results of Cambridge English exams. It is built on our existing results reporting and years of research, and is designed to complement the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The Cambridge English Scale allows for more straightforward results reporting across our exams and better meets the needs of our exam users, including candidates, teachers, universities and immigration departments.
Exam results will be reported on the Cambridge English Scale for sessions held after the following dates:
From January 2015 – Cambridge English: First, First for Schools, Advanced and Proficiency
From February 2016 – Cambridge English: Key, Key for Schools, Preliminary, Preliminary for Schools and Cambridge English: Business Certificates
Download a factsheet about the Cambridge English Scale
Download a factsheet for teachers for guidance on converting practice test scores to Cambridge English Scale scores
For more detailed information about Cambridge English Scale results for particular exams, please see the results pages for:
There may be times when it is useful to know how a CEFR level, IELTS band score or old standardised score compares to a Cambridge English Scale score.
Our score converter tool can help you. Simply select what type of score you’d like to convert from, input the value and the tool will tell you what the equivalent Cambridge English Scale score is. You can also use the tool to convert from scores on the Cambridge English Scale back to CEFR Levels, IELTS band scores or old standardised scores.
You can embed the Cambridge English Scale score converter on your website, simply copy and paste the code below into your website:
A note for candidates
If you are using your result to apply to university or college, do not worry if the institution still specifies a standardised score in their requirements. You will be able to use your Cambridge English Scale score. If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be able to help.