Why take Cambridge Exams?

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The Cambridge tests of English proficiency ensure an approved certificate of competency in English language recognized in several countries, which makes access to undergraduate and graduate abroad easier.

YLE

The Cambridge Young Learners Tests

were developed to assess the English ability of children between 7 and 12 years and are offered at three levels: Starters, Movers and Flyers. They all receive a certificate of participation

These tests are a positive first contact with international exams, stimulating and encouraging the continuity of learning English.

The tests of English proficiency to ensure an approved certificate of competency in the language recognized in several countries, which facilitates access to undergraduate and graduate abroad.

KET

In the Key English Test, the candidate must demonstrate basic knowledge of the language through which the test subject to the understanding of everyday situations such as conversations with family, work and other daily activitie

Structure of the Examination

Reading and Writing: 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Candidates are evaluated on their ability to understand the main points of simple texts and writing short message (20-25 words).

Listening comprehension: about 30 minutes.

Candidates are evaluated on their ability to understand the specific and objective information from recordings of advertisements, monologues, among others.

Oral Test: 8-10 minutes.

Assesses the ability to use structures and vocabulary of English. Candidates are tested in pairs by two examiners. Each candidate is invited to interact with one of the examiners and with the other candidate, being the second examiner taking notes on performance.

PET

The Preliminary English Test evaluates the candidate’s ability to express themselves and discuss issues of the day to day, such as travel, leisure, work and studies.

Structure of the Examination

Reading and Writing: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Candidates are evaluated on their ability to understand the main message of texts drawn from advertisements, public notices, newspapers and magazines. In writing the candidates must be able to report events or write a letter about 100 words demonstrating mastery of structures, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.

Listening comprehension: about 30 minutes.

Candidates are evaluated on their ability to understand short dialogues and extract them with objective information (arrival and departure of trains and weather conditions, for example). It is also expected of candidates that they understand longer conversations and can interpret them correctly.

Oral Test: 10-12 minutes.

Candidates are invited to participate in conversations in pairs, in which they include personal data, and describe situations portrayed in photographs. Each candidate is invited to interact with one of the examiners and with the other candidate, being the second examiner taking notes on the performance of candidates.

FCE

The First Certificate of English (FCE) assesses oral and written comprehension of the candidates, plus the ability to communicate orally and in writing on different subjects. The examination may be the important first step in the job market, since it is recognized by various companies and educational institutions in Brazil and abroad.

Aimed at candidates with good mastery of the language, the examination evaluates the student in complex situations, with interpretation of texts drawn up and discussions of a range of topics.

Examination Structure

Reading test: 1 hour.

Candidates are tested on their ability to read texts from various sources and demonstrate understanding of the central theme of the details and structure of the text. Candidates must also be able to deduce the meaning of unfamiliar words.

Writing test: 1 hour 20 minutes.

Candidates are tested on their ability to write two articles on general themes, and genres, such as letters, articles, and reports. Each text should contain between 120 and 180 words.

Use of English: 45 minutes.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and control of the linguistic system, performing a series of tasks, some of which, based on texts written especially for the exam.

Listening comprehension test: 40 minutes approximately.

Candidates listen to recordings of short texts and longer monologues, announcements, excerpts from radio programs, news, and presentations, among others. It is hoped that they understand the general meaning and the details of these texts and are able to deduce information from the context.

Oral Test: 14 minutes approximately.

The default format of the exam is two candidates and two examiners. Candidates must be able to answer questions and interact in conversational English. Each candidate is invited to interact with one of the examiners and with the other candidate, being the second examiner taking notes on candidates’ performance.

CAE

The Certificate in Advanced English(CAE) is suited for those who use the language professionally.

Structure of the Examination

Reading test: 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Candidates are tested on their ability to read and understand texts taken from magazines, newspapers, brochures, among others. They must show ability to deduct the meaning of texts according to context and extract relevant information to perform the task required.

Writing test: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Candidates are written questions in response to stimuli provided (reference texts and descriptions of the tasks). The reference texts are drawn from articles, leaflets, notes, letters, formal and informal, among others.

Use of English: 1 hour.

Applicants must demonstrate their knowledge and control of the English language, executing a series of tasks, some of which, based on texts written especially for the exam.

Listening comprehension: 40 minutes approximately.

Candidates listen to recordings of short texts and longer monologues advanced level of difficulty as ads, excerpts from radio programs, news, presentations, among others. Candidates must demonstrate understanding of general and specific details of texts, as well as the ability to deduct meaning from context.

Oral Test – Length: 15 minutes approximately.

The standard test format is two candidates and two examiners. Candidates must be able to answer questions and interact in conversational English in various contexts. This part of the test is divided into four parts and includes an interview, a presentation room, a task done in conjunction with the other candidate and a part of interaction. One of the examiners will use supporting material such as photos and drawings, to stimulate and guide the interaction, being the second examiner taking notes on the performance of candidates.

CPE

CPE - It is the proficiency test for those who already have advanced knowledge and who communicate very well in almost all situations. Tests the candidate’s fluency and ability to express themselves spontaneously and needs in complex situations. The test is accepted not only by international companies, but also by foreign universities for academic application.

Structure of the Examination

Reading test: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Candidates must demonstrate understanding of the central theme of the details and structure of the text. They are also tested on their wider knowledge of vocabulary, appropriate use of language and its grammatical structures.

Writing test: 2 hours.

Candidates must be able to write descriptive texts, narrative and discursive covering a variety of topics.

Test use of English: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

It is expected that candidates demonstrate their knowledge and control of English running a series of tasks, some of which, based on texts written especially for the test.

Listening comprehension – Duration: 45 minutes approximately.

Candidates listen to recordings of short texts and longer monologues, commercials, excerpts from radio programs, news, and presentations, among others. They must demonstrate understanding of general and specific details of texts, as well as the ability to deduce meaning.

Test oral-Length: 19 minutes.

Applicants must demonstrate ability to express themselves accurately, fluently and spontaneously, and know clearly how to express opinions during discussions about complex subjects. This test is done in pairs and with the presence of two examiners. One of the examiners will use supporting material such as photos and drawings, to stimulate and guide the interaction, the second examiner takes notes on the performance of candidates.

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