Dates and venues
In order to see when the registrations for exams take place please download the 2013 Cambridge exams calendar (PDF, 147 KB).
The registrations for Cambridge exams usually take place about three months before for the written exams and one month before for the computer based versions. The registration periods are advertised well in advance on the internet and at the British Council offices in Bucharest, Cluj and Iasi.
The exam fee and the methods of payment are listed on the registration forms issued for each session and date.
You can register in person at any of the British Council offices in Bucharest, Cluj and Iasi or at the open centres in Timisoara and Brasov.
Payment of the exam fee
You will find details about how to pay the exam fee on the entry form.
The entry form is available during the registration periods, on our webpage Cambridge English language examinations.
Registration consists of both filling in the entry form and paying the exam fee, and then sending the filled-in form and proof of payment to the British Council Examinations Services.
Important note: in case you do not have a photographic ID to register and identify yourself with on the exam day, you will be asked to fill in the Candidate Identification Form (PDF, 26.1 KB).
In order to be sure you have been registered for the exam, you can call 021-3079600 or send an e-mail to email@example.com in the period mentioned on the entry form.
You will receive an e-mail at the address you have provided us with, sent by the date mentioned on the entry form. The letter will give you details about the place and times of the written papers, the date of the speaking paper, etc. In case you have not received the confirmation letter by the date mentioned on the entry form, you must contact the British Council centres immediately.
In case you missed the registration period, you can still register (by paying an extra fee) during the late registration period, which will be advertised on the website and at our offices.
The duration of the exams
KET, PET and BEC (all levels) are held on one day.
FCE, CAE and CPE are held on two days: one day for the written papers (set by Cambridge ESOL) and another day for speaking, set by us in the period mentioned on the entry form.
The allocation of candidates
Candidates are allocated to rooms and exam dates according to their candidate number, which is automatically issued on registration by the exams software.
The allocation to rooms will be displayed at the venue on the morning of the exam.
When speaking is held after the written papers, the timetable will be displayed at the venue at the end of the exam day.
When speaking is held before the written papers, the timetable will be displayed at the venue on the day prior to the oral exam or will be available on our website depending on the exam centre.
If you have queries or complaints about the way the exam is organised, please contact a supervisor or the British Council representative at the venue immediately after the end of the paper or exam. Any complaints concerning the administration of the exam raised afterwards will not be taken into consideration.
If you have special needs in relation to taking an exam, we can help you. Please visit Cambridge ESOL's website to find out more about this and if you think you are entitled to special arrangements, contact us as soon as possible.
We need to receive your request at least two months before the exam date (unless there is an emergency) so that we can get approval from Cambridge ESOL.
Cancellations of entries, after the registration period has ended, are only possible on medical grounds. You have to give us a withdrawal request, (PDF, 20 KB) accompanied by a valid statement from a medical practitioner, specifying the medical reasons for which you had to withdraw your entry or were unable to sit the examination. The withdrawal and refund of the examination fee have to be requested by the deadline mentioned in the entry form.
When Cambridge ESOL approves the withdrawal, you will be refunded the exam fee minus a local administrative tax.
Refunds are not given for any other reason (clash of dates with other examinations, travel, etc).
Results can be accessed online about 6 weeks after the exam date. At the same time, you will receive an e-mail on behalf of the British Council, containing all details about enquiries on results and about certificate collection.
Results are confidential, they are not displayed and are not communicated by telephone.
Enquiries on result
Enquiries may be made by the deadline mentioned on the letter of result.
You can make an enquiry on results (PDF, 61 KB) for a clerical check or a re-mark of the written papers (both services are chargable).
It is extremely rare for such enquiries to lead to a change in the result for the following reasons: the majority of papers are either machine-marked or clerically marked with double-checking and in borderline or disputed cases they are marked three or four times.
Certificates are issued about three months after the date of the written examinations and two months respectively in the case of the computer based ones, within the period mentioned in the letter of result. Certificates are not sent by post or courier services unless we receive a written request from the candidate. British Council is not to be held responsible for any loss or damages caused during the dispatch.
Should there be the case of a lost or damaged certificate you will be issued a Certifying Statement of Results provided you send us a written request, (PDF, 61 KB) for which a fee is payable.