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General English Cambridge English Exams
Improve your English for travel, education, and work

These are the world's leading range of certificates for learners of English. Each year, they are taken by over 1.5 million people, in 135 countries and are widely recognised for work and study purposes. The exams are linked to the Common European Framework (CEFR) of Reference for Languages, published by the Council of Europe. They are administered 3 times a year (March, June and December), in Slovakia, you can take them in:

Banská Bystrica
Bratislava
Košice
Nitra
Trenčín
Trnava
Žilina
Rimavská Sobota
Banská Štiavnica (only for internal students)

List of Addvantage Programme partner schools and other instutions registering for international language examinations Cambridge English.

Preparing for an exam

You can register for a course in our Teaching Centre in Bratislava  or other language schools which run preparation courses. A variety of materials is available in good language bookshops and on-line.
You can also purchase the Cambridge English Past Papers from us.

Choosing the right exam

Generally, the higher the level of exam, the more recognised, accepted and valuable it is. It is very important that you choose an exam at an appropriate level for you, otherwise you may find it too difficult and fail or too easy in which case the certificate will not correspond to your real proficiency level. We suggest you ask your English language teacher for advice.

Exam

CEFR
Level*

Level

Description

KET

A2

False beginners

An elementary level exam, testing your ability to deal with basic written and spoken communications.

PET

B1

Intermediate

An intermediate level exam, testing your ability to cope with everyday written and spoken communications.

FCE

B2

Upper-
intermediate

An upper intermediate level exam - ideal if you can deal confidently with a range of written and spoken communications.

CAE

C1

Advanced

An advanced exam - if you can communicate with confidence in English for work or study purposes, this is the exam for you.

CPE

C2

Expert

A very advanced level exam - perfect if you have achieved a high level of language skills and are able to function effectively in almost any English-speaking context.

For more detailed information about the general English Cambridge ESOL exams click here.

EXAMS DATES AND FEES

NOTE – some parts of the exam may take place on a different day

The dates of the written exam are fixed and cannot be changed. Speaking may take place on a different date. Should this be the case, candidates will be notified via Confirmation of Entry or email approximately 3 weeks prior to the first part of the test.

Exam Test Date Centres Speaking Part Registration Late registr. Price EUR CEF Level
KET
Key English Test
Sat 15/11/2014 ALL 15/11/2014 8/9/2014-10/10/2014 11/10/2014-24/10/2014 87 A2
KET FOR SCHOOLS Sat 22/11/2014 ALL 22/11/2014 15/9/2014-17/10/2014 18/10/2014-31/10/2014 87 A2
PET
Preliminary English Test
Sat 15/11/2014 ALL 15/11/2014 8/9/2014-10/10/2014 11/10/2014-24/10/2014 100 B1
PET FOR SCHOOLS Sat 22/11/2014 ALL 22/11/2014 15/9/2014-17/10/2014 18/10/2014-31/10/2014 100 B1
FCE
First Certificate in English
Sat 08/11/2014 ALL Bratislava 01/11/2014
Other centres
08/11/2014
1/9/201-3/10/2014 4/10/2014-17/10/2014 178 B2
FCE
First Certificate in English
Sat 13/12/2014 ALL Bratislava
6.12. & 13.12.2014
Other centres 13/12/2014
22/9/2014-24/10/2014 25/10/2014-12/11/2014 178 B2
FCE FS
First Certificate in English for Schools
Tue 25/11/2014 ALL 25/11/2014 15/9/2014-17/10/2014 18/10/2014-29/10/2014 178 B2
CAE
Certificate in Advanced English
Sat 06/12/2014 ALL Bratislava
29.11.& 6.12.2014
Other centres 06/12/2014
8/9/2014-17/10/2014 18/10/2014-12/11/2014 190 C1
CPE
Certificate of Proficiency in English
Thu

04/12/2014

BA, KE 04/12/2014 22/9/201-17/10/2014 18/10/2014-14/11/2014 199 C2

Some exams are only available in Bratislava.
Other centres: Kosice, Banska Bystrica, Zilina, Trencin, Trnava, Rimavska Sobota, Nitra
All exams are a subject to minimum entry requirements!
The late registration fee is increased by 35 EUR due to the additional administration it requires.

List of the Cambridge English exams forAutumn/Winter 2014

Registration and payment

Registration

There are five levels for you to take ranging from beginner to proficiency. You are not sure which exam (level) may be the right one for you? Try Cambridge English’s short online orientation test

You can register online at http://esolreg.britishcouncil.org (please open the link in Google Chrome) only during the registration periods. After a successful registration, you will receive a confirmation email generated automatically by our system. If you have not received the confirmation email, please contact us as a matter of urgency. Do not forget your registration is only valid upon payment of the full fee (by credit card or bank transfer) within 5 working days of the date of your application.

Please note that when you register, the system will not allow you to use diacritics. With effect from the Summer term 2011 all Cambridge English certificates are issued without diacritics.

Payment

We accept bank transfers, as well as payments by debit/credit cards in our office British Council, Panská 17, Bratislava. Please make sure you pay the exam fee within 5 working days of the date of your application - otherwise your registration will be cancelled.

Account number 2008470006
Bank code 8130 Citibank (Slovakia) a.s.
Variable symbols 44 + digits from the Customer Reference Number generated from the on-line registration system
IBAN SK94 8130 0000 0020 0847 0006
SWIFT CITISKBA

Test Day Photo
When taking KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, ILEC, ICFE and BEC exams it is mandatory for candidates to have their photograph taken on the day of the exam. Cambridge English reserves the right not to publish exam results if the candidate has not been photographed according to the regulations. For more information consult the following link: TEST DAY PHOTO

If you are a candidate over 18, please sign the Test Day Photo 18+ declaration and send it to sk-declarations@britishcouncil.sk or by post to: British Council, Panská 17, 811 01 Bratislava within 5 working days of the date of your application.

If you are a candidate under 18, your parent will need to give consent. Please send the signed Test Day Photo under 18 declaration to sk-declarations@britishcouncil.sk or by post to: British Council, Panská 17, 811 01 Bratislava within 5 working days of the date of your application.

Before your exam and on the test day

Upon successful registration, you will receive an invitation letter or email (Confirmation of Entry) from us or your language school approximately three weeks before the exam / the first part of the exam. The letter will specify the date, time and venue for all parts of the test. Candidates who have not received the invitation letter 2 weeks before the date of the written part of the test should contact the institution where they registered for the exams (e.g. language school or the British Council).

Please read the information in the invitation letter or email carefully and follow all instructions. Summary regulations

On the test day(s), please be punctual and bring a valid picture ID (national ID card or passport).

Results and Certificates

Candidates who registered with language schools will receive both results and certificates from the school.

Exam results are available online at specific dates set by Cambridge English Language Assessment. In order to access their results candidates must register at cambridgeesol-results.org/Members/Login.aspx  using the details provided in the Confirmation of Entry. Certificates for passing candidates will be issued after the results only to candidates with passing grades. Candidates first have a chance to collect them at the British Council as they may get damaged when sent via the post. When collecting your result in person, you need to produce a valid picture ID. If you want somebody else to collect the certificate on your behalf, this person needs to have an authorisation from the candidate and a valid picture ID.

Replacing lost certificates

Candidates who have lost their certificate can only apply for a certifying statement. It is a document which is accepted by universities and other institutions as proof of the exam results. We can request a certifying statement on your behalf (provided you took the exam max. 7 years ago) or you can contact Cambridge English directly. Please send an email to exams@britishcouncil.sk with the following details: full name, date of birth, title of exam, year and month when the exam was taken and a copy of your ID card. The application fee is 36 EUR. All applications will begin to be processed when the payment is confirmed.

Transfers and Refunds

Entries cannot be transferred to a future session or to a different exam level. Transfers from one centre to another are permitted only for all papers and only within the respective registration period.

You can cancel your registration within the applicable registration period (does not apply to late registration period) without giving a reason by filling in the Request for Refund form and sending it to our address British Council, Examinations Services, Panská 17, 811 01 Bratislava this no later than the last day of the respective registration period. The British Council charges an administrative fee of 25% of the exam fee. The candidate will receive a refund in the amount of 75% of the regular fee for the exam, for which he/she registered.

If a candidate withdraws his/her entry on medical grounds or misses the examination due to illness, he/she may be refunded 50 per cent of the regular exam fee (late entry surcharge is not refundable) provided that the Request for Refund form is completely filled-in and sent to British Council Bratislava, Examinations Services, Panská 17, 811 01,  Bratislava no later than one week after the date of the exam. The form must be accompanied by a statement from a medical practitioner.

Special Needs

For candidates with special needs, it is possible to make arrangements for extra time, large print, or Braille. Candidates must send their special needs requests before the end of the registration period accompanied by medical evidence. For special needs no late entries are accepted.

For more information please contact: info@britishcouncil.sk or call us at 02/5443 1074.

Disclaimer

The British Council and the Examining Boards take all reasonable steps to provide continuity of service. We feel sure you will understand, however, that we cannot be held responsible for any interruptions caused by circumstances beyond our control. If examinations or their results are disrupted, cancelled or delayed, every effort will be made to resume normal service as soon as possible. The British Council’s liability will be limited to the refund of the registration fee or re-testing at a later date.

How to make a suggestion or lodge a complaint

Our aim is to continuously improve our services to our customers. If you should have any suggestions or comments that may help us in this process please contact us.

Any comments you may have concerning the conduct of the examination should be directed to the Supervisor immediately after the examination and in writing to the examination centre staff no later than by the date stated in session regulations. In the case of the Listening test all comments should be reported at the beginning of the test, after hearing the introductory recording.

Please read our complaints procedure.

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