Official Examinations for English

The Cambridge Exams

Preliminary English Test (PET)The Cambridge ESOL level 2 exam (Council of Europe level B1). It tests language ability at lower-intermediate level (after approximately 375 hours of study) and is about two-thirds of the way to the very popular FCE.

First Certificate in English (FCE)At Cambridge ESOL level 3 (Council of Europe level B2) , this exam is at the upper-intermediate or 'independent user' level. FCE is the most widely taken exam and has the most widespread recognition. It is taken for employment and study purposes.

Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)

A Cambridge level 4 exam (Council of Europe level C1), this offers a lower-advanced language qualification for those who need to use English in their jobs. It is mostly taken by university students and young professionals. Many universities recognise CAE as an English language entry requirement.

Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

A top grade in this exam-(Council of Europe level C2) certifies that the candidate has near native speaker ability. As such it fulfils entry requirements in English language by British universities and many universities in other English speaking countries and by other professional bodies worldwide.


The Test of English as a Foreign Language evaluates the potential success of an individual to use and understand Standard American English at a college level. It is required for non-native applicants at many English-speaking colleges and universities. Additionally, institutions such as government agencies, businesses, or scholarship programs may require this test. A TOEFL score is valid for two years and then is deleted from the official database. Colleges and universities usually consider only the most recent TOEFL score.

The TOEFL test is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is administered worldwide. The test was first administered in 1964 and has since been taken by nearly 20 million students.


The TOEIC® test measures and certifies listening, reading and grammar proficiency in international business English.

  • The worldwide standard for measuring workplace English language proficiency
  • Each year, more than 4.5 million individuals worldwide take the TOEIC® test
  • Used as a certification tool in more than 5235 international companies worldwide
  • Used in more than 2000 companies and large international groups in Europe

The TOEIC® test (TEST OF ENGLISH FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION™) measures proficiency in international Business English, at intermediate and advanced levels. It provides an accurate measurement of the English capabilities of non-native speakers in listening, reading and grammar.

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