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Why Cambridge English?
No. Although most candidates do follow a course before taking the exam, it is not a requirement. Contact your local centre to find out about registering for the exam as an individual. Please note that only centres listed as ‘Open’ will accept candidates who have not taken a course at their centre.
Contact your local centre
Cambridge English Language Assessment is not able to recommend courses or course providers. If you would like to take a Cambridge English exam, your local British Council office or your local exam centre will be able to help you.
Find your local British Council office
Find a Cambridge English authorised examination centre
If you are thinking of studying English in the UK, you can find details of around 450 schools and colleges – all accredited by the British Council – on the English UK website.
Go to English UK website
Most Skills for Life centres obtain their funding by offering courses for learners, so you may not be able to find a centre in your area that can enter you for an exam without first taking a course.
There is a huge range of books and materials to help you prepare for Cambridge English exams, including:
You can find out more about preparation materials, including free downloads, in our Learning English section
You can find many different resources available to buy or download for free from this website:
Go to the Learning English section to see all the materials available.
Most downloadable documents on our website are available as PDF files. To view, save and print these documents you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded free from: http://www.adobe.com/
Please be aware that many of the files on this site are quite large and may take some time to download, depending on the speed of your internet connection.
Please contact Cambridge English Language Assessment using the enquiry form if you continue to have issues viewing our downloadable materials. We will be happy to assist you with any problems
Contact Cambridge English Language Assessment
We publish vocabulary lists for exams at CEFR Levels A1–B1:
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) Vocabulary List
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) for Schools Vocabulary List
Cambridge English: Key (KET) Vocabulary List
Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools Vocabulary List
Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) Vocabulary List (inside the handbook)
Cambridge English: Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary) Vocabulary List
Examinations which are at CEFR Level B2 (independent user) and above do not have particular language specifications or a vocabulary list.
No. The content of the tests is based on the relevant sections of the UK Government’s Adult ESOL Core Curriculum, which outlines functional and structural language appropriate to each level.
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