Language certificates

English tests and language diplomas

If you want to study in England, you'll probably need a proof of sufficient English knowledge. There are a wide range of English tests and certificates available - make sure to choose one that is widely recognized.

Language certificates

Basic and Intermediate Level

The following tests are offered by the University of Cambridge:

  • KET (Key English Test): An elementary level exam, testing your ability to deal with basic written and spoken communications.
  • PET (Preliminary English Test): An intermediate level exam, testing your ability to cope with everyday written and spoken communications.
  • FCE (First Certificate in English): An upper intermediate level exam - ideal if you can deal confidently with a range of written and spoken communications.

For more information on the above, go to www.cambridgeesol.org .

Advanced

If you intend to go for higher education in the UK you will need to have a recognised qualification in English. The diplomas that are generally accepted by most universities are the following:

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): It is an exam that you can take at British Council offices in over 100 countries. The score ranges from 1 to 9. To be accepted by most universities you will need to score greater than 6. For further information, go to www.ielts.org .

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): It can be taken in two formats computer-based or paper-based. The former is available in most parts of the world, whilst the latter is for countries where access to computers is limited. To be accepted at most universities you will need to score greater than 550 (with a maximum possible score of 677) to accept you. For more information on this test, visit www.ets.org/toefl .

CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): A very advanced level exam offered by the University of Cambridge. Students with this qualification have achieved a high level of language skills, are able to function effectively in almost any English-speaking context. They are approaching a standard of English similar to that of an educated native speaker. For more information, go to www.cambridgeesol.org .

CAE (Certificate of Advanced English): An advanced level exam offered by the University of Cambridge. Students with this qualification can communicate with confidence in English and can deal with most aspects of everyday life. They can perform confidently in social and professional situations, and in higher education. For more information, go to www.cambridgeesol.org .

Teaching English

The most widely recognised qualification in the world for those who teach English as a second language is the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). No previous teaching experience or specialist qualifications are required. The only requirement is fluency in English. For more information, visit www.tefl.net .

Basic and Intermediate Level

The following tests are offered by the University of Cambridge:

  • KET (Key English Test): An elementary level exam, testing your ability to deal with basic written and spoken communications.
  • PET (Preliminary English Test): An intermediate level exam, testing your ability to cope with everyday written and spoken communications.
  • FCE (First Certificate in English): An upper intermediate level exam - ideal if you can deal confidently with a range of written and spoken communications.

For more information on the above, go to www.cambridgeesol.org .

Advanced

If you intend to go for higher education in the UK you will need to have a recognised qualification in English. The diplomas that are generally accepted by most universities are the following:

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): It is an exam that you can take at British Council offices in over 100 countries. The score ranges from 1 to 9. To be accepted by most universities you will need to score greater than 6. For further information, go to www.ielts.org .

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): It can be taken in two formats computer-based or paper-based. The former is available in most parts of the world, whilst the latter is for countries where access to computers is limited. To be accepted at most universities you will need to score greater than 550 (with a maximum possible score of 677) to accept you. For more information on this test, visit www.ets.org/toefl .

CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): A very advanced level exam offered by the University of Cambridge. Students with this qualification have achieved a high level of language skills, are able to function effectively in almost any English-speaking context. They are approaching a standard of English similar to that of an educated native speaker. For more information, go to www.cambridgeesol.org .

CAE (Certificate of Advanced English): An advanced level exam offered by the University of Cambridge. Students with this qualification can communicate with confidence in English and can deal with most aspects of everyday life. They can perform confidently in social and professional situations, and in higher education. For more information, go to www.cambridgeesol.org .

Teaching English

The most widely recognised qualification in the world for those who teach English as a second language is the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). No previous teaching experience or specialist qualifications are required. The only requirement is fluency in English. For more information, visit www.tefl.net .

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