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Why Cambridge English?
The fast, accurate, reliable way to place your students on English language courses.
The Cambridge English Placement Test is a fast, accurate online test for centres and institutions. You can use it for:
The test is a comprehensive, international assessment of English ability that covers all the key language-learning skills. Results are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the international standard for describing language ability.
The test takes around 30 minutes and is available on demand. Results are instant, so you can make quick decisions about which English language and exam preparation classes to place your students in.
The Cambridge English Placement Test has been developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge. It is supported by a dedicated research programme to make sure it is accurate, fair, valid and reliable.
The Cambridge English Placement Test is easy to set up and can be taken on demand – students don’t need to go to a dedicated testing centre at a specific date and time. The test covers all the key language-learning skills, which can be assessed singly or in combination.
Easy to manage
Tests are easy to set up and manage, thanks to a dedicated administration site. You can book and offer tests to students at any time, and view and print results from the site.
The Cambridge English Placement Test features a wide variety of accents and texts from a range of English-speaking countries.
Suitable for all students
You can use the same adaptive test for all your students. Based on their responses, the test becomes progressively easier or more difficult, so their level of English can be identified and tested.
Lots of help for test-takers
Students can take an online tutorial to familiarise themselves with the test in advance. During the test, to help students plan their work, there is on-screen help and a progress bar. If there is a problem with internet connection, there’s no need to start again – the student can pick up the test where they left off.
Instant results you can trust
Test results are instant, so you can make quick decisions about which classes and courses are most suitable for your students.
Results are presented in a clear, easy-to-understand report, which can be produced for one student or for a group. You can choose whether to show students their results at the end of the test.
For each student, you’ll see:
• a score between 1 and 100
• the corresponding CEFR level
• information on which Cambridge English exams may suit them.
"We had been looking for a fast and efficient way of testing the English ability of our international students – particularly the listening element. We wanted a test that we could use for all age groups; a test that could be easily administered by our international recruitment agents. This test has met all of our expectations.”
Bootham School, York, UK
"We faced a situation where we needed to test about 200 people over a short period of time and CEPT proved to be a perfect solution for that challenge. Not only is CEPT accurate, it is candidate-friendly; its whole test cycle saves quite a lot of time - crucial for dealing with such a large group. Everything is done automatically and candidates can get their results within minutes after they have finished their tests."
Centre Exam Manager
Britannia Language Centre, Perm, Russia
To get an idea of how the test works, try our free online demo. This light version of the test shows you how the test looks and what students are asked to do. (Demo tests are not given scores).
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Is your school, institution or Cambridge English exam centre interested in offering the Cambridge English Placement Test? Please contact us.
The Cambridge English Placement Test is only available to centres. If you are an individual learner, contact your local centre, which will be able to help you find the right assessment for you. Find a centre