The Cambridge ESOL General English suite of exams offers a wide choice of certificates, from basic to advanced levels. These exams are aligned to:
- the Association of Language Testers in Europe framework
- the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF)
The exams are recognised around the world by more than 12,000 universities and colleges, employers and government departments.
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Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) is Cambridge’s most advanced exam. Getting this qualification shows that your level of English language is extremely high. You would typically need a CPE if you’re working at a very senior level in international business settings or plan to study at postgraduate and doctoral level.
Cambridge CPE is set at level C2 of the Common European Framework.
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) is a high-level qualification. You’ll need it if you plan to work in high-level professional and academic situations.
Cambridge CAE is set at level C1 of the Common European Framework.
First Certificate in English (FCE) is an upper-intermediate exam. It shows that you have good enough English to work in an English speaking environment or follow a foundation course or any other pathway into a university undergraduate degree.
Cambridge FCE is set at Level B2 of the Common European Framework.
Preliminary English Test (PET) is set at an intermediate level. It will demonstrate your competence in the use of English in real-life situations, as a student or in clerical and managerial jobs.
Cambridge PET is set at Level B1 of the Common European Framework.