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YOUNG LEARNERS ENGLISH TEST - YLE
YLE (Cambridge Young Learners English Tests) are an enjoyable and non-threatening way of assessing the English of children between the ages of 7 and 12. The tests are currently taken by over 310,000 children in about 55 countries around the world. There are three levels:

Flyers ( at Level A2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages )
Movers ( at Level A1 )
Starters ( below Level A1 )

The tests can act as a stepping stone to other Cambridge ESOL exams. As the highest level test, Flyers is roughly equivalent in language level to KET (Key English Test). It can serve as an appropriate bridge to KET or a step leading to PET (Preliminary English Test), as learners move into adolescence.

What does the Exam Involve?

Paper
Test Focus Duration  
1
This is a paper and pencil test (Reading and Writing) which lasts 20 minutes (Starters), 30 minutes (movers) and 40 minutes (Flyers). Texts are short and constrained by a specified set of words and structures. Children perform simple operations such as selecting and ticking, writing words and phrases in gaps, or answering open-ended questions. Papers are sent to Cambridge ESOL for marking. Starters
(20 mins)
Movers
(30 mins)
Flyers
(40 mins)
2
This is also a paper and pencil test (Listening Test) which lasts between 20 minutes (Starters) and 25 minutes (Movers and Flyers). As with the Reading and Writing paper, texts are limited in the language assessed to what is specified in the test specifications. Children listen to short recorded dialogues involving both child and adult speakers, and perform simple operations such as drawing lines, selecting, matching and colouring. Papers are sent to Cambridge ESOL for marking. Starters
(20 mins)
Movers
(25 mins)
Flyers
(25 mins)
3
This is a face-to-face test (Speaking Test) which lasts between 3 and 10 minutes with suitably qualified, experienced and trained Examiners. Children perform various activities in response to prompts from the examiner using visual prompts, and give simple information about themselves. Starters
(3-5 mins)
Movers
(5-7 mins)
Flyers
(7-10 mins)

Exam Dates
Saturday, April 10th, 2010
Saturday, July 17th, 2010
Saturday, October 16th, 2010
Saturday, December 18th, 2010



Key English Test - KET
The Cambridge Key English Test (KET) is the first level of Cambridge exams in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). It is an elementary level exam, set at Level 2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework for modern languages. KET recognizes the ability to cope with everyday written and spoken communications at a basic level, such as ability to understand the main points of simple texts, to communicate in the most familiar situations, and to understand short standard notices and simple spoken directions.

KET enables candidates to demonstrate a level of English that is useful when travelling in English speaking countries. Successful candidates receive a certificate awarded by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. All candidates also receive a statement of results, showing how they have performed in each of the three papers.


What does the Exam Involve?

Paper
Test Focus Duration
1
The Reading and Writing paper assesses your ability to read and understand factual texts from signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. You need to be able to understand the main messages, and have ways of dealing with unfamiliar words and structures. 1 hour 10 minutes
2
The Listening paper assesses your ability to understand recorded material such as announcements and monologues, delivered at a moderate pace, and to understand factual information in the recordings. 30 minutes
3
The Speaking Test assesses your ability to interact in conversational English with an examiner and with another candidate. You need to be able to answer and ask questions about yourself and to talk freely about your likes and dislikes. You normally take the Speaking Test in pairs. Up to 10 minutes

Exam Dates
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
Saturday, June 5th, 2010
Saturday, November 20th, 2010



First Certificate in English - FCE
The Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) is the third level of the Cambridge exams in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). It is an upper intermediate level exam, set at Level B2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework for modern languages, and recognizes the ability to deal confidently with a range of written and spoken communication.

FCE is based on realistic tasks, and FCE certificate is an important asset for anyone who wants to work or study aboard, or in international business. Employers throughout the world recognize FCE. It indicates sufficient proficiency in English to be of practical use in clerical, secretarial and managerial jobs in many industries, in particular tourism, where contact with English speakers is required. Successful candidates have the ability to deal with routine letters and telephone enquiries, and to cope with some non-academic training courses and simple textbooks and articles.


What does the Exam Involve?

Paper
Test Focus Duration
1
This Reading paper assesses your ability to read and understand texts taken from fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines. You are expected to be able to show understanding of gist, detail and text structure, and deduce meaning. There are several different tasks, including filling in gaps in simple texts, completing forms, and writing a short report or letter of around 100 words to show your knowledge of structure, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation. 1 hour 15 minutes

 

2
This Writing paper assesses your ability to write non-specialised text types such as letters, articles, reports, compositions and reviews of 120-180 words covering a range of topics and target readers and also set texts 1 hour 30 minutes
3
This paper (Use of English) requires you to demonstrate your knowledge and control of the language system by completing various tasks at text and sentence level. These include filling gaps, transforming words and phrases, and identifying errors in texts. 1 hour 15 minutes
4
This Listening paper assesses your ability to understand the meaning of spoken English, and to extract gist and meaning from spoken text. The texts are taken from a variety of text types including interviews, discussions, lectures and conversations. 40 minutes (approx.)
5
The Speaking Test assesses your ability to interact in conversational English in a range of contexts. It contains four parts, including an interview section, individual long turns of about one minute, a collaborative task and a discussion. You are provided with stimulus material such as photographs and drawings. You will normally take the Speaking Test in pairs. 14 minutes (approx.)

Exam Dates
Saturday, March 13th, 2010
Saturday, June 12th, 2010
Saturday, December 11th, 2010



Certificate of Advanced English - CAE
The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) is the fourth level of the Cambridge exams in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). It is an advanced exam, set at Level C1 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework for modern languages. Although the level of language skills required is not as high as for the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, CAE recognizes the ability to communicate with confidence in English and deal with most aspects of everyday life.

Successful candidates receive a certificate awarded by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, which is recognized by universities and employers throughout the world. All candidates receive a statement of results, showing how they performed in each of the five papers. Success at this level indicates the ability to use English effectively and perform confidently in social and professional situations, and in higher education.


What does the Exam Involve?

Paper
Test Focus Duration
1
This Reading paper assesses your ability to read and understand a number of texts taken from books, newspapers and magazines. You are expected to be able to show understanding of gist, main points, detail, text structure or specific information, deduce meaning or recognise opinion and attitude. 1 hour 15 minutes
2
This Writing paper assesses your ability to write non-specialised text types such as letters, articles, reports and reviews for a given purpose and target reader, covering a range of topics. Responses are of about 250 words in length. 1 hour 30 minutes
3
This paper (Use of English) expected to demonstrate knowledge and control of the language system by completing various tasks at text and sentence level, based on authentic texts. This will include gap-filling, error correction, word formation, register transfer and text completion exercises. 1 hour
4
This Listening paper assesses your ability to understand the meaning of spoken English and to extract detailed and specific information from the spoken text and to understand speakers' attitudes and opinions. The texts are taken from a variety of text types including interviews, discussions, lectures and conversations. 40 minutes (approx.)
5
The Speaking Test assesses your ability to interact in conversational English in a range of contexts. It contains four parts, including an interview section, individual long turns, a collaborative task and a discussion. You are provided with stimulus materials such as photographs and drawings You will normally take the Speaking Test in pairs. 15 minutes (approx.)

Exam Dates
Friday, July 16th, 2010



Business English Certificate - BEC
This test is available in three examinations - BEC Preliminary, BEC Vantage, BEC Higher - These test is for students who wish to enhance their career prospects in the increasingly competitive global employment market by gaining an internationally recognised business English qualification.

Exam Dates
Saturday, March 26th, 2010
Saturday, November 13th, 2010
Saturday, December 11th, 2010

 

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