Cambridge Tests

Cambridge English Language Assessment is part of the University of Cambridge. We develop and produce the most valuable range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English in the world. Over 4 million people take Cambridge English exams each year in 130 countries. More than 13,000 universities, employers, government ministries and other organization accept our certificates. Cambridge English Language Assessment – a not-for-profit organization.

Centre of International studies organizes Cambridge tests and pre-tests for all levels:

YLE

Cambridge English; Young Learners is a series of motivating, activity-based language tests, specially designed for children at primary and over-secondary school.

KET

The exam focused on Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It shows you can use everyday English at a basic level.

PET

The exam focused on Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It shows you have an intermediate level of English.

FCE

Cambridge English: First, also known as First Certificate in English (FCE), is an upper-intermediate level qualification that is officially recognised by universities, employers and governments globally. It shows that you are ready for success in the real world.

ACE

The exam focused on Level C1 (IELTS band score 6.5 to 8.0) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the level required for academic and professional success.

PCE

The exam focused on Level C2 - the highest level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

 

 

KET

PET

FCE

ACE

PCE

Reading

 

 

 

 

 

Reading+ Use of English

 

 

1 hour

1 hour and 30 minutes

1 hour and 30 minutes

Writing  + Reading

1 hour and  10 minutes

1 hour and 30 minutes

 

 

 

Writing

 

 

1 hour and 20 minutes

1 hour and 30 minutes

1 hour and30 minutes

Listening

30 minutes

30 minutes

40 minutes

40 minutes

40 minutes

Speaking

8-10 minutes

10-12 minutes

14 minutes

15 minutes

16 minutes

CAE is the most popular of Cambridge Tests and there are its sections:

Paper

Time

Task Types

Test focus

Paper
Reading & Use of English

1 hour 30 min

Part 1 - multiple-choice cloze (eight gaps)

Part 1 - lexical/lexico-grammatical vocabulary, collocations, fixed phrases, idioms etc.

 

34 questions

Part 2 - open cloze (eight gaps)

Part 2 - grammatical/lexico-grammatical, grammar with some focused on vocabulary

 

length of texts: about 550-850 per part

Part 3 - word formation (eight gaps)

Part 3 - lexical/lexico-grammatical, focus on vocabulary, compounding

   

Part 4 - key word transformations (six questions)

Part 4 - grammatical/lexico- grammatical, grammar, vocabulary & collocations.

 

word count 3000 - 3500

Part 5 - text followed by six 4-option multiple-choice questions

Part 5 - detail, opinion, tone, purpose, main idea, implication, attitude, text organisation features (exemplification, comparison, reference)

   

Part 6 - four short texts, followed by four cross-text multiple-matching questions

Part 6 - understanding of opinion and attitude; comparing and contrasting of opinions and attitude across texts.

   

Part 7 - gapped text task - paragraphs removed

Part 7 - text structure, cohesion and coherence.

   

Part 8 - multiple matching - a text or several short texts, preceded by 10 multiple-matching questions

Part 8 - Detail, opinion, attitude, specific information

Paper 2
Writing

1 hour 30 min

Part 1 – compulsory task: essay with a discursive focus (220-260 words)

Part 1 - focus on evaluating, expressing opinions, hypothesising, persuading

 

2 parts

Part 2 - Q.2-4 choice of one task from the following:
-letter
-proposal
-report
-review
(220-260 words)

Part 2 - varying focuses according to task; including giving opinions, persuading, justifying, giving advice, comparing

Paper 4
Listening

Approximately 40 minutes

Part 1 - multiple choice; three short unrelated extracts; exchanges between interacting speakers; two questions per text

Part 1 - feeling, attitude, opinion, purpose, function, agreement, course of action, general gist, detail, etc.

 

30 question

Part 2 - sentence completion task with eight items; a monologue (could be introduced by a presenter)

Part 2 - specific information, stated opinion

   

Part 3 - 6 multiple choice questions; a conversation between interacting speakers

Part 3 - attitude and opinion

   

Part 4 - multiple matching task - five short themed monologues. Two linked tasks, requiring selection from list of eight options - 10 multiple - matching question. All texts will be heard twice

Part 4 - gist, attitude, main points, interpreting context

Paper 5
Speaking

15 minutes
(for pairs)

Part 1 - conversation between the interlocutor and each candidate (spoken question)

Part 1 - general interactional and social language

 

4 parts

Part 2 - individual one-minute  'long turn' for each candidate with brief response from second candidate; each candidate is given three visual stimuli, with question

Part 2 - organising a larger unit of discourse; comparing, describing, expressing opinions and speculating

   

Part 3 - two-way conversation between the candidates (written stimuli with spoken instructions)

Part 3 - sustaining an interaction; exchanging ideas, expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and / or disagreeing, suggesting, speculating, evaluating, reaching a decision through negotiation, etc

   

Part 4 - discussion on topics related to Part 3 (spoken questions)

Part 4 - expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and / or disagreeing.

 

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