University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) is part of Cambridge Assessment a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge.
Cambridge ESOL offers the worlds most valuable range of English examinations and qualifications for language learners and teachers. They are backed by high levels of support for teachers and a world-class programme of research and development. Our exams meet the specific English language needs of higher education, schools, employers and governments worldwide.
Cambridge English exams are developed in accordance with the principles and approaches of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Developed by the Council of Europe, the CEFR is the standard benchmark used internationally to describe language ability.
Through our extensive experience of developing assessment in accordance with the CEFR, we recommend C1 as the ideal level for undergraduate study of academic subjects, some postgraduate studies and for professional use in an English-speaking environment.
Cambridge ESOL at a glance:
Over 3 million candidates a year choose Cambridge English exams
2,500 centres in 130 countries
Trusted by over 12,000 organisations worldwide
150 years of assessment experience.
Cambridge English exams for higher education:
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CEFR Level C2) Commonly known as Certificate of Proficiency in English(CPE)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CEFR Level C1) Commonly known as Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
Business English Certificate (BEC): Higher (CEFR Level C1)
IELTS* (Band scores 7.0 9.0)
International Legal English Certificate (CEFR Level C2)
International Certificate in Financial English (CEFR Level C2)
*IELTS is jointly managed by The British Council, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) and IDP: Australia.