How to compare the Cambridge ESOL and IELTS results

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Cambridge English offers exams to match all the levels on the CEFR chart.

KEY (KET) exam is the equivalent of A1, A2 qualification.

Preliminary (PET) exam means level B1.

First Certificate (FCE) means your English ability is at level B2 which is higher independent user.

Advanced (CAE) puts you in a category C1 referred to as a proficient user.

Proficiency (CPE) is the highest level of proficiency C2 on the CERF framework.

IELTS results can also be referred to in A1,…C2 terms. You can use the result converter below.

 

LEVEL

CAMBRIDGE ESOL CERTIFICATE

CEFR chart

IELTS

results

Basic

Key KET

A1, A2

0 – 3,5

Independent

Preliminary PET

B1

4 – 5

Higher Independent

First FCE

B2

5, 5 – 6,5

Proficient

Advanced CAE

C1

7 – 8

Highest Proficiency

Proficiency CPE

C2

9

Reference: http://www.ielts.org/researchers/common_european_framework.aspx


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