Cambridge English Exams (PET, FCE, CAE & CPE)

Around the world, thousands of educational organisations, government agencies and immigration authorities recognise Cambridge English Exams as a proof of various levels of language ability.

We offer a number of Cambridge English Exams for non-native speakers, three or four times a year, depending on level. For dates and prices of the different exams, please see the exam prices and timetable page.

Three or four times a year, you can take one or more of the following exams:

Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)

Cambridge English: Preliminary, also known as Preliminary English Test (PET), is an intermediate level qualification. It tests your ability to use English for everyday spoken and written communication. For more information, please see the PET page on the Cambridge ESOL website http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/preliminary/.

Details of the various papers are as follows:

Preliminary English Test: exam papers

  Paper title Length Content Percentage of final mark Purpose
1 Reading and writing 90 minutes

Reading:
Five parts/ 35 questions

Writing:
Three parts/seven questions

50% To show you can read and understand the main points from signs, journals, newspapers and magazines, and can use vocabulary and structure correctly.
2 Listening 30 minutes + six minutes to transfer answers Four parts/ 25 questions 25% Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials including announcements and discussions about everyday life.
3 Speaking 10-12 minutes per pair of candidates Four parts 25%

Demonstrates your spoken English as you take part in conversation, asking/answering questions, and talking freely, for example, about your likes and dislikes. Your speaking test will be conducted face to face with one or two other candidates. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.

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Cambridge English: First (FCE)

Cambridge English: First, also known as First Certificate in English (FCE), is an upper-intermediate level qualification. It tests your ability to communicate with confidence in English in a range of everyday situations. For more information, please see the FCE page on the Cambridge English website http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/first/.

Details of the various papers are as follows:http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/181310-first-information-for-candidates-2015-document.pdf

First Certificate in English: exam papers

  Paper title Length Content Percentage of final mark Purpose
1. Reading &Use of English 75 minutes          There are seven parts in the Reading and Use of English paper. 40%

The Reading and Use of English paper tests your reading skills and your knowledge and use of vocabulary and grammar.

2. Writing 80 minutes Two parts 20%

Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews and short stories.

3. Listening 40 minutes Four parts/30 questions 20%

Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.

4. Speaking 14 minutes Four parts 20%

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the speaking test with one or two other candidates.

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Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), also known as Certificate in Advanced English. If you need to use English in your work or studies, this is the right exam for you. For more information, please see the CAE page on the Cambridge English websitehttp://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/advanced/.

Details of the various papers are as follows:http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/181151-cae-information-for-candidates-2015-document.pdf

Certificate in Advanced English: exam papers

  Paper title Length Content Percentage of final mark Purpose
1. Reading and Use of English 90 minutes

There are eight parts and 56  questions altogether

40%

The Reading and Use of English paper tests your reading skills and your underlying knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

2. Writing 90 minutes Two parts 20%

You create two different pieces of writing, such as articles, essays, letters, proposals, reports and reviews.

3. Listening About 40 minutes Four parts/30 questions 20%

Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.

4. Speaking

15 minutes per pair of candidates

Four parts 20% Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the speaking test with another candidate.

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Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), is our most advanced qualification. It proves you have achieved an extremely high level in English. For more information, please see the CPE page on the Cambridge English website http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/proficiency/.

Details of the various papers are as follows:

  Paper title Length Content Percentage of final mark Purpose
1. Reading/use of English 90 minutes              Seven parts/ 53 questions 40%

Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and manuals.

2. Writing 90 minutes Two parts 20%

Requires you to be able to write a variety of text types, such as essays, proposals, reports and reviews.

3. Listening About 40 minutes Four parts/28 questions 20%

Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as lectures, speeches and interviews.

4. Speaking 16 minutes per pair of candidates Three parts 20% Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations.

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BULATS-  BUSINESS LANGUAGE TESTING SERVICE

The right language skills are an essential element for success in international business and industry.

Employers, education institutions and training providers have found that the multilingual BULATS tests are a fast, flexible and affordable way to get accurate certification of workplace language skills.

From January 2017 all BULATS tests will be carried out online, and the paper-based version will be withdrawn. From the same date, Cambridge English Language Assessment will no longer offer the French, Spanish or German versions of BULATS. Alliance Française, Goethe Institut and Universidad de Salamanca are currently reviewing the future of these versions of BULATS and will be making further announcements in due course. We are giving extensive notice of these changes so that you won't be affected if you have already started a preparation course.

BULATS Online Reading and Listening test

  • Assesses listening and reading skills, and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
  • Lasts about one hour.
  • At international House Bristol available in English.  Test questions and instructions are in the same language as the test.
  • Divided into two sections – Listening; Reading and Language Knowledge.
  • Pinpoints ability quickly and accurately by using adaptive testing techniques. As you progress through the test, the computer selects and presents each question on the basis of the previous answer.
  • Result is available at the end of the test.

Result:

Once you have completed the test, we will hand you a Test Report Form which includes your name, the name of your company/organisation (if required), the test date and the results:

The overall results are given as a level (based on the ALTE level system of 0 – 5 and the CEFR system from A1 to C2), as well as a global score on a scale of 0 – 100.

FAQ’s on the BULATS test:

When can the test be taken?
BULATS is an on demand exam so it can be taken at any time(minimum numbers apply).

Where can it be taken?
International House Bristol is an accredited Cambridge exam centre for BULATS

How is the BULATS exam taken?
Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) Online tests can be taken at any computer with a fast internet connection.

How much does the BULATS test cost?
The test costs around £55 per student and can be re-taken (at extra cost) as many times as the client requires.

For more information about BULATS and how to register for an exam please contact us at exams@ihbristol.com

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