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Three-fold rise in international students using Cambridge English exams when applying to UK Universities

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The number of international students using Cambridge English: Advanced and Cambridge English: Proficiency when applying to UK universities has increased by over 300 per cent since 2011 – according to figures from Cambridge English Language Assessment.

The rise in student numbers reflects the qualifications’ quality, security and growing global recognition. Students can be awarded up to 140 UCAS points for a grade A in Cambridge English: Proficiency and 70 points for a grade A in Cambridge English: Advanced. The exams are also recognised around the world including in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and well as many destinations in Europe and beyond.

The high level exams deliver an in-depth analysis of the four key language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). They also cover use of English to help generate an accurate assessment of language ability.

Cambridge English Advanced and Proficiency are part of the Cambridge English suite of exams developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment – provider of the world’s leading range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English.

Both qualifications demonstrate advanced ability in the English language skills essential for effective study and – in addition to academic recognition – are accepted by a wide range of other organisations, including employers and immigration and citizenship institutions, such as the UK Home Office and Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is the UK’s leading shared admissions service for higher education.

Cambridge English Exam Grade UCAS Tariff points awarded
Cambridge English Exam            Grade   UCAS Tariff points awarded
Cambridge English: Proficiency   A         140 points (Equivalent to an A* grade at A Level)

Cambridge English: Proficiency   B         110 points (Equivalent to between A and B grade at A Level)

Cambridge English: Proficiency   C         70 points (Equivalent to between C and D grade at A Level)

Cambridge English: Advanced     A         70 points (Equivalent to between C and D grade at A Level)

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

February 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

Help your students achieve their goals with Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)! #cambridgeitaly

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Preparing your students for Cambridge English: Advanced gives them more than just a certificate. It ensures that their English language certificate proves they have the right language skills and the confidence to take on a demanding course of study or job. It helps them open university as well as employment doors around the world and fulfill their ambitions.

Cambridge English: Advanced shows your students are ready to face any academic and professional challenge! 

What are the benefits of Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). 

  1. International acceptance: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is accepted by over 3,000 educational institutions, governments and employers around the world. Your students can use it for:
  • Receiving credits towards the English language component of their degree in an Italian University
  • Studying in the UK and across Europe in degrees offered in English
  • Studying in Canada
  • Studying in Australia
  • and many other locations around the world where courses are taught in English. 
  1. Greater choice and flexibility: students choose how and when to take the test from a variety of available paper-based and computer-based versions: 
  • 37 test dates a year – at least once a month so that they can take the test whenever they feel 100% ready 
  1. Lots of free support and preparation materials to help plan and deliver effective lessons towards the exam.  Visit our website to access a wide range of free sample papers, preparation materials as well as resources from Cambridge University Press to support you and help your students better prepare for the exam. 
  1. Cambridge English: Advanced can now also mean C2 for high-achievers: High-achieving candidates taking Cambridge English: Advanced sometimes display ability beyond the C1 level. To recognise this, candidates achieving an A grade will now receive an Advanced certificate at Level C2 – equivalent to a C pass in our highest test, the Cambridge English: Proficiency. Candidates achieving grades B and C at Cambridge English: Advanced will receive certificates at Level C1. 

Studying in the UK

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is the only English language exam your students  need for studying in the UK. Success in the test leads to a certificate that is:

  • accepted by UK universities and colleges as proof that you have the right English skills for college and university study
  • worth up to 70 additional UCAS Tariff points as part of your application to a UK college or university 

CAE candidates now have their own Tips seminars

Motivate your students further by showing them our series of YouTube presentations on the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), featuring tips on the various papers of the exam as well webinars on how the exam can assist your students in achieving their goals, both in Italy and around the world!

Next steps:

Register your students for the exam through one of the authorized centres in Italy.

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

December 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

Setting and achieving English Language standards in the UAE

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A forum organised by Cambridge English Language Assessment brought together school owners, directors, school principals, heads of English Language department, education professionals and policy makers in the UAE to discuss the importance of setting and achieving English language standards. Over 150 delegates representing seven different curricula from the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Northern Emirates were represented at the event.

The event focussed on sharing best practices from the UAE and beyond highlighting ways in which schools can compare themselves against international benchmarks, when it comes to English language. Local and international case studies were presented at the event that focussed on how management in the school can support both students and teachers in primary and secondary schools. According to Zara Shahid Khan, Marketing Manager for Cambridge English Language Assessment in UAE, “Schools across the UAE are playing a huge role in helping to raise the standard of English and preparing students to excel at university by using external measures of assessment. Lots of schools in the UAE use Cambridge English qualifications to give students real life English skills as well as preparing them for formal high stakes tests such as the IELTS and Cambridge Advanced. The enthusiasm for learning English and the quality of teaching has helped make this a success. There are still many challenges ahead but the work that Abu Dhabi Education Council and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority is doing to raise awareness of using external assessments is really encouraging.”

Speaking at the event, Ms Suzie Hachez, Director of Additional Education Needs at Cambridge International School said, “The introduction of Cambridge English Language Assessment program has enabled us to be able to support a wide range of students in the school. The Cambridge English program has provided us with additional information regarding student literacy levels that has enabled us to critically reflect on the work that is happening elsewhere within the school and to develop strategies in class to support our students”.

Ms Nahla ElHawary, Head of English Language Department at Al Nokhba Model School for Boys (Cycle 1) added that, “external examinations such as the Cambridge English tests have a positive impact on students attitude towards learning English and sets a strong foundation which helps them as they progress to higher grades. I would like to encourage all schools in the UAE to use Cambridge English tests as it will help their students to be better prepared for high level exams like IELTS or Cambridge English: Advanced.”

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

December 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

Upcoming Cambridge Days in Croatia (Zagreb & Split)

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Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment are delighted to welcome you to another Cambridge Day event, held over two days in two different Croatian locations:

Friday 22 November 2013, 14:30-18:30
Hotel Dubrovnik, Ljudevita Gaja 1, 10000 Zagreb 

Saturday 23 November 2013, 09:00-13:15
Sveučilišna knjižnica u Splitu, Ruđera Boškovića 31, 21000 Split

Throughout the event, VBZ in Zagreb and Pitagora in Split will have books and materials on exhibition, giving you the opportunity to look at the latest ELT publications.

Cambridge University Press, British Council and VBZ personnel will be on hand to offer information and advice.

Attendance is FREE of charge. Certificates of Attendance will be given out at the end of the event.

Sessions and Programme

Zagreb, Friday 22 November 2013

14:30 – 14:40     Opening statement by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Croatia Mr David Slinn
14:40 – 15:40     Affective Routes to Effective Learning, Michael Tomlinson
15:40 – 16:10      Webs of Words: Issues in vocabulary learning and teaching at B1 and B2, Bob Obee
16:10 – 16:45      Coffee break
16:45 – 17:45      Star Kids, Michael Tomlinson
17:45 – 18:15      Teaching Towards the Revised FCE and CAE exams, Bob Obee
18:15 – 18:30      Raffle and Certificates Distribution

Split, Saturday 23 November 2013

09:00 – 10:00    Affective Routes to Effective Learning, Michael Tomlinson
10:00 – 10:45    Webs of Words: Issues in vocabulary learning and teaching at B1 and B2, Bob Obee
10:45 – 11:15     Coffee break
11:15 – 12:15      Star Kids, Michael Tomlinson
12:15 – 13:00     Teaching Towards the Revised FCE and CAE exams, Bob Obee
13:00 – 13:15     Raffle and Certificates Distribution

The Cambridge Day Sessions

Michael Tomlinson, Cambridge University Press

Affective Routes to Effective Learning

Michael will be discussing the fundamental differences between traditional and more modern approaches to teaching English, and asking to what extent ‘affective’ teaching can be integrated into the average classroom. Using the ‘Kids Box’ series for young learners from Cambridge University Press, Michael will illustrate some affective teaching techniques in action, involving the audience and giving plenty of ideas on how to make your own lessons more affective and effective.

Star Kids

This workshop looks at various ways of helping you to prepare your young learners for ESOL young learners exams. We will discuss multiple intelligences, and what skills pupils need to do well in the exam. How to motivate and stimulate your young learners and yourselves!  This workshop covers motivational skills using multiple intelligences in the classroom, it will show you how to captivate your learners at a very young age and how to keep them motivated, lots of fun and plenty of action.

Bob Obee, Professional Support Leader, Cambridge English Language Assessment

Webs of Words: Issues in vocabulary learning and teaching at B1 and B2.

This presentation will highlight some of the key issues identified in recent research and projects such as Cambridge English Profile relating to best practice in vocabulary teaching and learning. We will explore the notion of what it means to ‘know a word’ and consider practical implications of this notion for teachers in preparing a wholesome and balanced lexical diet for their charges and for learners in developing well-grounded lexical manners and a keen sense of lexical repartee to bring to table.

Teaching Towards the Revised FCE and CAE exams

This talk will give a brief overview of the changes to the FCE and CAE examinations to be introduced in January 2015. The presentation will highlight that the new task types relate principally to the Writing and Speaking papers and explore the principle teaching implications in preparing candidates effectively for these changes. `The different roles an exam-focused teacher might be seen to have in working to improve student performance in relation to such task types will also be touched on.

The Cambridge Day Speakers 

Michael Tomlinson has been teaching English since 1989. He has worked in the UK, Turkey, Spain and Sweden, with students ranging from children to adults and from beginner to proficiency level. He is currently a teacher and Director of Studies at Star English, Murcia. He has also led numerous teacher training talks and workshops in Europe, South America and Asia.

His publications include the Primary iBox IWB software, six Primary Box titles in the Cambridge Copy Collection and the six level Primary course Kid’s Box (2008), all co-authored with Caroline Nixon.

Bob Obee is an ELT author and teacher trainer who has worked in many regions of the world. He was previously Director of Studies at the British Council Teaching Centres in Athens and Kuala Lumpur.

How to register

To register for this event you can download this registration form, complete it and send it to Lidija Bertoncelj by e-mail or snail mail. You can also register by calling the number provided below:

Snail mail: Valvazorjeva 10, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
Telephone: +386 41 326 361

Registration deadline: 20 November 2013.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming event!

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

November 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

New Webinar: Changes to Cambridge English: First & First for Schools and Cambridge English: Advanced – an overview

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Cambridge English Language Assessment invites you to join us for our new webinar – Changes to Cambridge English: First, Cambridge English: First for Schools and Cambridge English: Advanced – an overview, the next topic in our programme of webinars for 2013.

This webinar will focus on the revised versions of Cambridge English: First, Cambridge English: First for Schools and Cambridge English: Advanced, which go live in 2015. It is aimed at teachers who are preparing, or going to prepare candidates for these exams. The presenters will concentrate on the formats and timings of the exam in order to fully inform teachers of the changes which are taking place. Finally, the presenters will explain the reasons for the changes.

To register for this webinar, please choose your preferred date and time below:

Monday 11 November, 14.00 – 15.00 (UK time)

Wednesday 13 November, 10.00 – 11.00 (UK time)


Ron Zeronis, Cambridge English Language Assessment

Ron is responsible for Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). He manages the production, marking, analysis, grading, and regular reviewing and updating of paper-based and computer-based versions of these exams. In addition, he works on test development projects and is responsible for item writing quality assurance. Ron joined Cambridge English Language Assessment in 2004 and has worked on General English exams, test development projects, Business English exams and teaching qualifications. Before this he gained extensive experience as an English language teacher and Director of Studies. Ron holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester and has the DTEFLA.

Hugh Bateman, Cambridge English Language Assessment

Hugh recently assumed responsibility for Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)  and Cambridge English: First (FCE), and now manages the production, marking, analysis, grading, and regular reviewing and updating of paper-based and computer-based versions of these exams. In addition, he is responsible for the organisation’s commissioning of assessment services, such as examining and item writing. Hugh taught English for general and specific purposes in a number of countries before joining Cambridge English in 1993. Over the years his responsibilities have included theCambridge English: Business (BEC), ESOL Skills for LifeCambridge English: Legal and Cambridge English: Financial. Hugh holds a PGCE in Economics and Business Studies and an MA in Applied Linguistics.

If you have missed any of our previous webinars, you can watch recordings and download the slides on our official You-tube channel Cambridge English TV.

Previous webinars include:


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November 1, 2013 at 10:00 am