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Why Cambridge English?
Cambridge English exams provide institutions with meaningful, detailed results for applicants. Our in-depth exams encourage learners to develop their language skills. They provide a reliable indicator of language ability, reducing the risk that students’ English does not match expectations. They help colleges and universities to be sure of a student’s English language skills.
We have developed a guide to understanding results for our exams, designed for use by further and higher education institutions. It includes information about Cambridge English: First, Advanced and Proficiency.
Download the understanding results guide
The guide is designed to help you find out:
During 2015, most of our English language exams will start to be reported on the Cambridge English Scale, beginning with Cambridge English: First, First for Schools, Advanced and Proficiency.
The Statement of Results will now provide four pieces of information which can be used for setting your admissions requirements:
Find out more about the Cambridge English Scale
Candidates applying with results for Cambridge English: First, Advanced and Proficiency taken before January 2015 will have a Statement of Results that features a standardised score and a candidate profile.
Also, until Cambridge English: Key, Key for Schools, Preliminary, Preliminary for Schools and Cambridge English: Business Certificates change to the Cambridge English Scale later in 2015, they will continue to be reported using standardised scores and the older style of Statement of Results.
You can use the score converter to compare results reported before January 2015 with Cambridge English Scale scores.
The links below have detailed information about what the results look like for each of our exams:
Cambridge English: First (FCE)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge English: Business Preliminary
Cambridge English: Business Vantage
Cambridge English: Business Higher
Cambridge English: Financial (ICFE)
Cambridge English: Legal (ILEC)
We offer a range of level-based English language exams which are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Find out more about which exams we recommend for student admissions at different levels
When setting your requirements, you should specify the Cambridge English exam and the Cambridge English Scale score(s) you require.
Use the overall score to specify the level of ability your institution requires. You can also specify a minimum score in each skill if your course or programme requires a skill at a certain level.
Example requirement for an undergraduate course:
For examples of students’ English ability at levels B2–C2, see the specimen papers and samples of candidate performance below.
If you currently describe your course requirements using IELTS band scores or CEFR levels, it is easy to compare and convert these into Cambridge English Scale scores. Enter your IELTS or CEFR requirement into the score converter below to obtain the equivalent Cambridge English Scale score.
If you already accept our exams and have set your requirement as a standardised score or a grade, you can convert these into Cambridge English Scale scores using the same tool.
For further information about the methodology and analysis that informs the comparison of results between IELTS, the Cambridge English Scale and our exams, read our guide: The methodology behind the Cambridge English Scale.
For more information on comparing Cambridge English: Advanced and IELTS exam results taken before 2015 please download the documents below:
Methodology used for benchmarking Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) to IELTS
Comparing scores on Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and IELTS
Find out more about the relationship between Cambridge English exams and the CEFR
These specimen papers show what each exam covers in terms of language ability.
Some also have samples of Speaking performance, allowing you to hear what a typical learner at that level can achieve in terms of spoken communication.
Download sample papers for Cambridge English: First (FCE)
Sample speaking test with examiner commentary
Download sample papers for Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
Download sample papers for Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
Download sample papers for Cambridge English: Business Preliminary
Download sample papers for Cambridge English: Business Vantage
Download sample papers for Cambridge English: Business Higher
Download sample materials for Cambridge English: Financial
Download sample materials for Cambridge English: Legal
You can check the authenticity of any Cambridge English result by using our secure, easy to use online Results Verification Service.
Find out how to verify results online and create your free account now.
Need help setting the right levels for your courses and programmes? Contact our Recognition team.