Q: How do I enrol for a Cambridge English Examinations Centre exam?
A: You can enrol through a language school or individually. Contact the Centre for details.
Q: When do I have to pay for the exam?
A: You have to pay before you sit the exam and you must send proof of payment with your registration. Please check the Payment Options document on the website.
Q: How many types of Cambridge English Examinations Centre exams are there?
A: Cambridge English Examinations Centre offers English language qualifications for learners at all levels and in all contexts (e.g. English for Young Learners, Business English and General English). There is also a suite of internationally recognized English language teaching awards.
For the full list of Cambridge English Examinations Centre exams go to www.cambridgeenglish.org
Q: Do I need to follow a course to take the exams?
A: No. Although most candidates do follow a course before taking the exam, it is not a requirement. Contact the Centre to find out about registering for the exam as an individual.
Q: What materials can I use to study for my Cambridge English Examinations Centre exam?
A: If you are looking for books and materials to help you prepare for Cambridge English Examinations Centre exams, there is a wide range available. Find a list of publishers that offer materials related to the Cambridge English Examinations Centre exams. For more details, please contact the publisher direct.
You can also download Cambridge English Examinations Centre Handbooks or buy past papers.
Q: Can I take a Cambridge English Examinations Centre exam if I have any specific physical or learning difficulty?
A: Yes, the Centre is happy to make special arrangements and provisions to help candidates with special needs. More information.
Q: When do I have to arrive at the examinations venue?
A: You must always arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of each paper, including the Speaking Test.
Q: Can I use a dictionary or a spell-checker?
A: No.
Q: Can I eat, drink or smoke during the exam?
A: You may NOT eat or smoke, but you may have a small, sealed bottle of STILL water with you during the exam.
Q: Can I take a mobile phone into the examination room?
A: No. If you have a mobile phone with you, you will be asked to hand it over to the Supervisor.
Q: Can I choose my partner for the Speaking Test?
A: No. The Centre will arrange for a partner to sit the test with you.
Q: Can I choose any day for my Speaking Test?
A: No. The Centre specifies which day the Speaking Test will be on.
Q: Can I change the date or time of my Speaking Test AFTER I have received my Timetable?
A: Yes, only if the Centre considers the reason for the change to be a valid one.
Q: What happens if I want to withdraw my registration?
A: If you withdraw your registration before the registration deadline, you will receive a full refund. If you withdraw after the deadline, you may be granted a part refund on medical or compassionate grounds. Please consult the Terms & Conditions document.
Q: What must I remember to take with me to the exam?
A: You must bring your Attendance Timetable and passport or identity card to the examination.
Q: What if I fail one paper, do I fail the whole exam?
A: No.
Q: What if something happened during the exam which might influence my performance?
A: If you feel that you were affected by intolerable circumstances immediately before or during your examination, the Centre can apply for you to be given special consideration. Please contact the Centre for more information.
Q: What happens if I unavoidably miss part of an exam?
A: If something unforeseen happens and it stops you from taking one or more parts of an exam, contact your Local Secretary as soon as you can. If you miss the Speaking Test (and for some exams the Listening Test), it may be possible for you to take the test at another time. If you miss one part of the exam and you cannot take it later, it may be possible for Cambridge English Examinations Centre to award a grade. If you miss more than one part of the exam, it may be possible for the Centre to refund some of your exam fee.
Q: If I cannot take the exam, do I get my money back?
A: If you inform the Centre before the registration deadline, you have a full refund.
If you have to withdraw from the exam on medical grounds or if you miss the exam because of illness, you must contact the Centre to clarify if a refund can be made.
Q: If I was unable to take the exam, can I register for it again?
A: You may sit the exam in the next session and you should contact the Centre to arrange for this. You must register and pay the fee again. It is not possible to transfer fees from one session to another.
Q: How long will my score/exam grade be valid?
A: Once you have obtained a Cambridge English Examinations Centre certificate, your score is valid for the rest of your life. However, people forget things, and language skills become rusty. When employers or educational institutions make a decision on whether to rely on a certificate obtained some years previously, they will need to take into account a number of factors, most importantly whether the holder has kept up his or her use of the language.
More information on which employers and educational institutions recognize Cambridge English Examinations Centre exams.
Q: What happens if I lose my certificate?
A: Cambridge English Examinations Centre does NOT issue duplicate certificates when the original has been lost. However, they will provide a laminated Certifying Statement of Results for candidates in accordance with the conditions specified by Cambridge English Examinations Centre. Please contact the Centre for more information.