About: Cambridge English Tests –  

Cambridge English exams are the world's leading range of certificates for learners of English. Each year they are taken by over 1.75 million people in 135 countries. They can help you to gain entrance in university or college, to improve your job prospects and to measure your progress in English. The Cambridge English examinations are recognized by thousands of employers, universities & colleges, professional bodies, ministry & government organizations throughout the world. They are linked to the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) levels and to the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and are the only certificated examinations referred to in the framework document as specifically linked to it by a long-term research program. They can open doors to higher education and to improve job prospects.


About the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. This makes it easy for anyone involved in language teaching and testing, such as teachers or learners, to see the level of different qualifications. It also means that employers and educational institutions can easily compare our qualifications to other exams in their country.

What exams are on the CEFR?

The diagram below shows all of our English exams on the CEFR.


More information about the CEFR

The relationship between Cambridge English, the CEFR and English Profile

Listen to an interview with Dr Nick Saville to find out about the importance of the CEFR worldwide

Download ‘Using the CEFR: Principles of good practice’ 

Read about ALTE and the Can-Do statements

Examples of Speaking test performance at CEFR Levels A2–C2

Find more information on the CEFR on the Council of Europe website