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International language exams

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Cambridge English exams

Cambridge English certificate places your skills on the CEFR scale, assesing your academic, general or business language. For instance Cambridfe English: First (FCE) is recognised by more than 15 000 organizations worldwide. Amongst these you often find the most prestigous ones.

 

Cambridge English:  Key (KET)

KEY is for beginners and confirmes your English is on the A2 level. Exams can be taken after 180- 200 lessons ( 3-4 semesters) 

Why should you take KEY exam?

KEY certificate is an internationally recognised exam which proves you are able to use basic phrases about yourself and have an elementary conversation provided it is slow and clear. The rigistration fee is 2700 CZK.

Exam format:

  • Reading and writing (70 minutes)
  • Listening (30 minutes)
  • Speaking (10 minutes)

 

Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)

PET confirms you are able to handle various everyday situations in English both with foreigners and native speakers. To reach this level (B1) you nedd appr. 380 lessons completed.

Why should you take Preliminary exam? 

Preliminary certificate confirms you are able to handle various everyday situations in English both with foreigners and native speakers. The registration fee is 2900 CZK.

Exam format:

  • Reading and writing (90 minutes)
  • Listening (30 minutes)
  • Speaking (10-12 minutes)

Cambridge English: First  (FCE)

First is the most popular and demanded international English exam, recognised at job interviews and university entrance exams worldwide. You need upper-intermediate skills in all four competencies ( listening, reading, speaking, writing). Passing this exam usually means a year of focused and thorough test preparation. Candidates are expected to communicate fluently in a foreign language environment (as students and administrative workers or managers as well.) This exam can be usually taken after 500-600 lessons.  

Why should you take FCE exam?

After passing this exam the candidates receives a widely recognised certificate which makes it much easier entering a university or getting a job abroad. It can also replace Maturita exam from English in the Czech republic. The registration fee is 4450 CZK. 

Exam format:

  • Reading and grammar (75 minutes)
  • Writing (80 minutes)
  • Listening (40 minutes)
  • Speaking (14 minutes)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

The Advanced certificate is a high and quite demanding exam on the C1 level. Passing this exam requiers very thorough praparation and proves a very high level of English. It proves the candidate is able to communicate on a wide range of topics on a very good level.

Why should you take Advanced exam?

Advanced is an internationally resognised exam which proves the candidate´s ability to communicate in all everyday situations, work or study in the foreign language. Brittish universities accept this exam as an entry certificate for studying subjects taught in English. The registration fee is 4 650 CZK.

Exam format:

  • Reading and grammar (90 minutes)
  • Writing (90 minutes)
  • Listening (40 minutes)
  • Speaking (15 minutes)

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Proficiency is the highest certificate amongst the Cambridge language exams. It is the longest existing and most difficult exam on the C2 level. It is widely recognised by business and academic institutions worldwide. The skills needed equal nastive speakers´skills and the exam requires a long term thorough preparation and the contact with English on a daily basis. 

Why you should take CPE exam? 

Proficiency is the perfect universal exam if you wish to study abroad or work in an English speaking company anywhere in the world. The registration fee 4 750 Kč.

Exam format:

  • Reading and grammar (90 minutes)
  • Writing (90 minutes)
  • Listening (40 minutes)
  • Speaking (16 minutes)

IELTS

The  IELTS  exam is a popular Cambridge exam recognised by universities and employers all over the world. About 2 million people take it every year. Unlike other Cambridge exams it does not have several levels, it consists of one test only which ranges from 0 (no skills) to 9 (excellent skills) while placing your result on the CEFR scale. To keep the certificate valid you need to remain in contact with English continuously, otherwise it expires after 2 years. There are two types of IELTS exam, one for academic purposes, the other one testing general language. 

Why you should take IELTS exam?

Many Brittish universities require a certain score received in this exam from their students. It is also accepted as a language certificate at immigration offices in the UK, New Zealand and Canada. There is a pus side to this exam: you do not need to reach to a certain level to succeed. The registration fee is 5500 CZK. 

Exam format:

  • Listening – 30 minut
  • Reading - 60 minut
  • Writing – 60 minut
  • Speaking - 11-14 min

 

 


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