Deciding which English language course or exam you want to take can be difficult, as many people know they might need a certain qualification in order to gain exactly what they’re aiming for, but sometimes aren’t sure which exam exactly provides it!
So we helpful souls at ABLE Manchester have written these few guidelines in order to help you decide which English exam classes are perfect for you as an individual.
The main thing to think about is just why you’re taking your English language exam.
When applying for an academic course, some schools or universities may require you to have a certain level of English language. It is best to check out the place and courses you’re applying for as the requirement may be something along the lines of “In order to apply for this course you must have achieved at least a 6.5 in the IELTS English exam”
You should be able to find out this information on the website or by contacting them. When applying for any courses in the UK, the IELTS English exam is the most common requirements for students to have, however occasionally other qualifications such as CAE English may be accepted.
For work purposes it usually depends on the employer. However, on some occasions your employer may require you to have a certain level of English, or the job role might require you to be able to communicate fluently and effectively in the work environment. You may wish to take an English exam in order to give your CV that extra boost.
We recommend either taking the FCE (The First) or CAE (Advanced) Exam or perhaps a Business English exam which is entirely focused on English in the workplace.
If you’re taking an English exam for your own reasons, or want to improve your general level of English as a whole, we recommend taking FCE (The First) or the Cambridge advanced English exam (CAE). These Exams apply to English in all aspects of life and will help you in everyday situations.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is recognised by over 8000 universities, schools, colleges, agencies, companies and employers in more than 135 countries.
IELTS is designed to measure your ability to use English language in an academic environment. It tests all four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and it is most commonly used for college, school or university applications.
Cambridge English exams are recognised by more than 13,500 universities, colleges, employers, agencies and governments all around the world.
The general English language exams which Cambridge offer are:
Cambridge English: Key (KET) – A2 level CEFR
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) – B1 level CEFR
Cambridge English: First (FCE) – B2 level CEFR
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) – C1 level CEFR
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) – C2 level CEFR
Cambridge English exams are designed to assess your use of everyday spoken and written English for work or study purposes. The exams are run at various levels and test all English language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), as well as your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
At ABLE Manchester we offer classes in all of the English courses mentioned in this blog, and have a proven track record of helping our students score even higher than their original target! If you’re thinking about taking one of these exams and want some help, feel free to contact us!
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