It is increasingly important not only to master English but also to prove your level of competence. Cambridge examinations are recognized throughout the world. They assess the 4 language skills, such as listening, understanding, speaking and writing and prove that you are able to use them. This is a real asset on your resume.
Companies with international activities generally require candidates to have a certificate attesting their command of English. Universities in English-speaking countries also require applicants to demonstrate that they have a sufficiently high level of English to study the chosen subject.
But which is the adequate exam to take? The pages below describe each Cambridge exam and will help you make the right decision. If you have already taken other exams such as the TOEFL or the TOEIC, you can also refer to our exam comparison.
- First Certificate in English (FCE)
- Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
- Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
The difference between the basic exams (KET, PET, FCE) and the versions for Schools lies in the content of the exam: the scenarios and themes are adapted to the interests of children and adolescents.
On the other hand, the validity and international recognition of the examination is the same between a given basic examination and its version for Schools.
Validity of Cambridge examinations
Unlike other examinations, such as IELTS, Cambridge examinations do not have an expiry date. So when you take a Cambridge exam, the result is valid forever. Please note that if you take the Cambridge exam for admission to university, some institutions may only accept a result up to 2 or 3 years after the exam date. It is best to check with the institution to which you are applying.