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Levels of General English Proficiency Test
developed by Cambridge ESOL




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  • An internationally acclaimed language qualification with no expiration date guarantees a lifetime English proficiency. Likewise, 3 million English learners and teachers from more than 130 countries aspire taking ESOL tests annually in numerous officials ESOL testing centers from different parts of the world
  • ESOL qualification is accepted in more than 12,000 businesses, learning centers and government institutions worldwide

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5 Levels of General English Proficiency Test

  • 5 levels of General English test which can measure wide range of English communication skills
  • The test results will be strictly appraised and will be categorized into six levels (A1 A2, B1, B2, C1, C2)
  • Cambridge ESOL Tests specifically KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE are resourcefully classified into various levels
  • ESOL tests abide by Common European Framework of Reference set by the European Commission
CEFR type Level Cambridge Exam IELTS TOEIC
Basic User A1 KET ( 45 - 99 ) 1.0 to 2.5 60 - 105 ( L ) 60 - 110 ( R )
A2 PET ( 45 - 59 ) KEP Pass with Merit 3.0 to 3.5 110 - 270 ( L ) 115 - 270 ( R )
Independent User B1 FCE ( 45 - 59 ) PET Pass with Merit KET Pass with Distinction 4.0 to 4.5 ~ 5.0 275 ~ 395 ( L ) 275 ~ 380 ( R )
B2 CPE ( 45 - 59 ) CAE Grade B or C FCE Grade A 5.5 to 6.0 ~ 6.5 400 ~ 485 ( L ) 385 ~ 495 ( R )
Proficient User C1 CAE ( 45 - 59 ) FCE Grade B or C PET Pass with Distinction 6.5 to 7.5 490 ~ 495 [L]
C2 CPE Grade A, B, C CAE Grade A 7.5 to 9.0 N/A

Who accepts Cambridge English exams?


KET, Key English Test

  • An exam for individuals who require global qualification of their English communication skills at a basic level
  • KET is categorized at Level A2 of CEFR and at this level, individuals are able to
    • 1. understand and use basic phrases and expressions, introduce oneself, exchange personal information
    • 2. interact in English with speakers who talk slowly and clearly and write simple and short notes
Paper Time allowed Target Skill
Reading and Writing 1 hour and 10 minutes Recognizing simple written information in signages, brochures, newspapers and magazines
Listening 30 minutes Understanding announcements and other spoken dialogues of people speaking slowly and reasonably
Speaking 10 minutes Testing one`s speaking aptitude by generating a conversation by answering and asking simple questions conducted face-to-face with one or two other candidates making the test more realistic and more reliable

PET, Preliminary English Test

  • An exam utilizes real-life situations specifically designed to help you understand factual information and show awareness of opinions, attitudes and mood in both spoken and written English at an intermediate level
  • PET is categorized at Level B1 Level A2 of CEFR and at this level, individuals are able to
    • 1. deal with everyday events, read simple textbooks or articles in magazines
    • 2. write letters on familiar subjects and take down notes during meetings
Paper Time allowed Target Skill
Reading and Writing 1 hour 10 minutes Interpreting information or main points from signagess, journals, newpapers, magazines and demonstrating the use of vocabulary and structure correctly
Listening 30 minutes Following and comprehending a range of spoken materials including announcements and discussions of everyday life
Speaking 10 minutes Demonstrating your spoken English skill in a conversation, asking/answering questions, and talking freely, for example, about your likes and dislikes conducted in a person-to-person setting with one or two other candidates in a more realistic and reliable testing condition

FCE, First Certificate in English

  • An expertly designed exam to certify individuals who are proficient enough to communicate in written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level for work or study-related purposes
  • The exam makes use of real-life situations that are crafted to assess individuals to communicate more effectively and learn the language process skills needed for them to take towards success
  • PET is categorized at Level B2 Level A2 of CEFR and at this level, individuals are able to
    • 1. grasp key ideas of complex pieces of writing, construct clear and detailed form of writing
    • 2. express opinions of advantages and disadvantages of different viewpoints, build a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics
    • 3. convey certain information from TV and radio programs and presenting arguments or issues
Paper Time allowed Target Skill
Reading 1 hour Dealing confidently with comprehension of various types of texts, such as fictions, newspapers and magazines
Writing 1 hour 20 minutes Creating two different pieces of writing tasks such as letters, reports, reviews and short stories
Use of English 45 minutes Measuring one`s use of English with different tasks which particularly can assess one`s control of grammar and vocabulary
Listening 40 minutes Tracking and understanding a variety of listening materials such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations
Speaking 14 minutes per pair of candidates Communicating effectively in a face-to-face dialogue setting administered with one or two other candidates

CAE, Certificate in Advanced English

  • A high-level English language testing qualification for academic and professional recommendation purposes
  • With this test
    • Takers are focused towards success as CAE certifies passers to be competent in studying at different Universities, and are highly capable to do business and eligible for any VISA application on various foreign countries
  • Target
    • People aspiring to obtain a level of professional English or studying advanced college degrees
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  • Take undergraduate and post-graduate courses from universities
  • Communicate at professional management level effectively
  • Attend academic seminars, business meetings in various professional areas
Prestigious Universities accepting CAE
  • Cambridge, Oxford, London ( UK )
  • Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, California Institute of Technology ( US )
  • McGill, Toronto ( Canada )
  • Monash ( Australia )
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology ( HK ) etc..
Overseas Leading Companies accepting CAE HP, Microsoft, KPMG, IBM, Sony, ACNielsen, Bosch, BHL, Nokia etc..

Paper Time allowed Target skill
Reading 1hour 15 minutes Analyzing assertively various forms of text, such as fiction newpapers and magazines
Writing 1hour 30 minutes Crafting two specific pieces of writing, such as articles, essays, letters, proposals, reports and reviews
Use of English 1 hour Measuring one`s use of English with different tasks which specifically assess one`s control of grammar and vocabulary
Listening 40 minutes Tracking and understanding array of recorded listening materials such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations
Speaking 15 minutes Communicating effectively in a face-to-face dialogue setting administered with one or two other candidates


CPE, Certificate of Proficiency in English

  • An exam utilizes realistic conditions chiefly designed to ease individuals to correspond more purposely and learn the language skills required to function at the highest professional and academic level
  • CPE is categorized at Level C2 of CEFR and at level, individuals are able to
    • 1. advise on or counsel complex or sensitive issues, understand colloquial references
    • 2. deal boldly with argumentative questions, understand documents, correspondence and reports, including advanced points of complex pieces of writing
    • 3. write papers or articles on any subject and take full notes of meetings or seminars making access of practical expressions with accuracy
Paper Time allowed Target skill
Reading 1hour 30 minutes Dealing confidently with diverse types of text, such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and manuals
Writing 2hours Performing writing tasks of varied forms, such as essays, proposals, reports and review
Use of English 1 hour 30 minutes Utilizing language skills in using words, tenses and idioms at precise setting, at the right time
Listening 40 minutes Processing listening comprehension of arrays of dialogues, such as lectures, speeches and interviews
Speaking 19 minutes Displaying communicative skills effectively in face-to-face testing condition