Cambridge ESOL is a Cambridge Certificate of English for speakers of other languages.

“Cambridge English exams are accepted by over 20,000 universities, employers and governments around the world. Our exams can open doors to higher education, improve employment opportunities, and because they are globally recognised, can increase learners’ choices for study or work.”



What does the Cambridge exam consist of
esol2Cambridge English Exam consists of five parts;
1. reading
2. writing
3. listening
4. use of English
5. speaking
The first four parts mentioned are taken on the same day and speaking exam takes place on a different day. The length of the exam varies according to the level.



FCE (First)

CAE (Advanced)

Reading 1hour 1 hour 15 minutes
Writing 1hour 20 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes
Use of English 45 minutes 1 hour
Listening 40 minutes 40 minutes
Speaking 14 minutes (per pair) 15 minutes (per pair)


Test/Level CPE (Proficiency)
Reading and Use of English 1 hour 30 minutes
Writing 1 hour 30 minutes
Listening 40 minutes
Speaking 16 minutes (per pair)


You can choose to take your exam in paper format or computer format. The result certificate will be the same.


How much does it cost to take the Exam
The cost of exams depends on various factors such as the level, date as well as the city and institution. For example, the average cost for FCE is around £130 in London. KET and PET exams are generally the cheapest at around £75. Check with the exam centre before you register for exact price list.
For more information such as preparation, what to bring for an exam and much more visit Cambridge English website



Where can I take the Exam
If you decide to take the Cambridge Exam independently (without being enrolled with a college) you will have to find an Open centre and register your dates directly with them. You can find your nearest exam centre and exam dates here.
Internal centres offer exams for enrolled students, meaning your language school will book the date and organise everything necessary. You might be able to take the exam directly at your college.

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