A complete portfolio for all your language needs
As the team behind Cambridge English Qualifications, IELTS and Linguaskill we offer the world’s most trusted exams and tests for higher education.
The diagram below gives you an overview of what we offer mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and the Cambridge English Scale. The CEFR is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language.
Our qualifications for higher education
Cambridge English Qualifications are about more than just exams and grades. Preparing for these in-depth qualifications helps students develop the range of skills they need to succeed.
Each exam targets a specific level of ability to provide an in-depth assessment of students’ skills for recognising organisations, and clear learning objectives for teachers and learners.
We recommend the following Cambridge English Qualifications for study at further and higher education institutions.
B2 First gives students the practical English skills they need for foundation programmes, technical and vocational courses, and courses taught in the medium of English.
C1 Advanced is the ideal qualification to prepare students for undergraduate and postgraduate study.
C2 Proficiency proves that students have the language ability to study demanding subjects at the highest levels, including postgraduate and PhD programmes.
Using our exams in your institution
- For admissions requirements Accept our secure exams and tests as part of your admissions criteria and you will have access to millions of students from around the world. More than 6.5 million people take our qualifications and tests in 130 countries.
- For student visa requirements Our exams and tests are accepted for student visa applications in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. Choosing our qualifications for your admissions requirements often means that students need only take one English language exam.
- For on-course success For us, learning English is more than just grades and taking a snapshot of a student’s level. Our in-depth qualifications help students develop the confidence to communicate effectively and provide a reliable indicator of language ability, strengthening your students’ ability to match expectations.
Find out how to compare Cambridge Scale scores to IELTS and CEFR levels
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