Exams

Cambridge English Qualifications we offer are the most widely recognised exams all over the world. Cambridge English certificates are the objective and prestigious confirmation of candidates’ command of English

Young Learners (YLE) - tests for children aged 7 to 12

Young Learners (YLE) - tests for children aged 7 to 12

Cambridge English Qualifications we offer are the most widely recognised exams all over the world. Cambridge English certificates are the objective and prestigious confirmation of candidates’ command of English

Young Learners (YLE) - tests for children aged 7 to 12  

Young Learners exams test  English language skills of primary school students at three levels: Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers. They test the knowledge of both spoken and written English, while monitoring their progress in language learning and encouraging them to continue working on it.

Pre A1 Starters

The first of the three Young Learners exams, testing childrens’ language skills and their freedom to speak English. It tests four basic skills in a simple and pleasant way. It is most often taken by children aged 7 to 8, who have about 100 hours of English lessons behind them.

During an exam your child will have to:

  • name colours in English
  • answer a very simple question about themselves
  • write one word answer to a simple question

Structure of Pre A1 Starters exam:

  • Reading and writing: 20 minutes
  • Listening: 20 minutes
  • Speaking: 3-5 minutes

Exam results Pre A1 Starters

Exam results are presented in an interesting way. There are no such grades as ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. Each child receives Cambridge English shields - a maximum of 5 shields for each part of the test. The number of shields obtained is then shown on a certificate, which a child receives after about a month from the date of taking an exam.

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A1 Movers

 A1 Movers is the second Young Learners exams. This is the next step in monitoring your child's progress in English by testing their skills in the four basic language skills. Including their freedom to speak English in simple everyday situations. It encourages further language learning and strengthens self-confidence. It is also the first serious success in life! It is most often taken by children aged 8 to 11, who have had about 175 hours of English lessons behind them.

During an exam your child will have to:

  • understand basic instructions in English
  • fill in a simple form or answer questions about themselves
  • answer questions and write down simple information (e. g. days of the week, time or names) that they will hear or read in a childrens’ story

Structure of  A1 Movers exam

  • Reading and writing: 30 minutes
  • Listening: 25 minutes
  • Speaking: 5-7 minutes

Exam Results A1 Movers

 Exam results are presented in an interesting way. There are no such grades as ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. Each child receives Cambridge English shields - a maximum of 5 shields from each part of the test. The number of shields obtained is then shown on a certificate, which a child will receive after about a month from the date of taking the exam.

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A2 Flyers Examination

A2 Flyers exam is the last and most advanced of the three Young Learners exams. This test shows that your child is able to master everyday spoken and written English language at a basic level. It is usually taken by children aged 9 to 12, who have been learning English as a second language at school for about 2-3 years, which is  about 250 lessons.

During an exam your child will have to:

  • explain the differences between two stories or pictures
  • write or tell a short story in English
  • ask questions and use the past simple tense

Structure of  A2 Flyers exam

  • Reading and writing: 40 minutes
  • Listening: 25 minutes
  • Speaking: 7-9 minutes

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A2 Key (KET)

A2 Key (KET)

This exam is the first in a series of Cambridge exams. It certifies basic knowledge of English. Particularly recommended for recent language learners looking to confirm their skills or going to work abroad.

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There is also a version for schoolchildren aged 12-16 ( A2 Key for Schools) available. This exam is the same as  Cambridge English: A2 Key, only the vocabulary and subject matter used are adapted to this age group.

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Information about  A2 Key exam

  • the exam for students  at  A2 level of language proficiency on the Council of Europe scale
  • the exam tests basic language skills, understanding of simple texts, the ability to communicate in everyday situations, the level of understanding of short advertisements and simple oral instructions

Exam structure:

  • Reading and Writing: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Listening: 30 minutes
  • Speaking: up to 10 minutes 
B1 Preliminary

B1 Preliminary

This exam certifies the knowledge of language at an intermediate level. It is a confirmation of the ability to speak English in everyday situations, at work, in learning and travelling and to understand the basic meaning in  speech. B1 Preliminary certificate increases your attractiveness on the job market. This is the first step to B2 First exam. Learn more

A version for 12-16 year olds (B1 Preliminary for Schools) is also available. The structure of the exam is the same as in case of B1 Preliminary, only the vocabulary and subject matter used are adapted to the age of the candidates. Learn more

Information about B1 Preliminary

  • the exam for people at B1 level of language proficiency on the Council of Europe scale
  • the exam tests basic language skills, the ability to understand simple user texts, articles or simple instructions and public announcements, and the ability to express simple opinions about everyday life situations

Exam structure:   

  • Reading and Writing: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Listening: about 36 minut
  • Speaking: 10-12 minutes
B2 First (FCE)

B2 First (FCE)

The exam at upper intermediate level (B2). It shows that you are able to speak and write English on a daily basis for work or study. It allows an exemption from English language course at some universities. It is honoured by many employers, institutions and organizations in Poland and abroad. It gives the right to teach English in primary schools and kindergartens (after fulfilling certain formal requirements).

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B2 First for Schools version is also available for young people aged 12 to 16. The exam is the same as B2 First, only the vocabulary and subject matter used are adapted to this age group.

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Information about B2 First

  • the exam for people at B2 level of language proficiency on the Council of Europe scale
  • the exam tests the ability to understand the main ideas in a complex text, to talk about a number of topics, to express one's own opinion and arguments, to write a complex text, to express one's own point of view in writing, to discuss the arguments for and against. In addition, the exam tests the correctness and diversity of the lexical-grammatical structures used.

Exam structure:

  • Reading and Use of English: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Writing: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Listening: 40 minutes
  • Speaking: 14 minutes
C1 Advanced

C1 Advanced

C1 Advanced exam (CAE) confirms the ability to speak English at advanced level (C1). It also confirms the ability to interact in complex situations and conversations on specialised topics. It allows exemptions from English language course at renowned Polish universities. The exam allows you to study at some foreign universities. It is honoured by many employers, institutions and organizations in Poland and abroad. It gives the right to teach English in kindergartens and primary schools (after fulfilling certain formal requirements).

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Information about C1 Advanced:

  • the exam for people at C1 level of language proficiency on the Council of Europe scale
  • the exam tests reading comprehension at a pace that enables participation in an academic course, understanding of complex opinions, the ability to write clear comprehensive text, fluent and correct speech, and communicating effectively in a variety of social, professional and educational environments.

Exam structure:

  • Reading and Use of English:  1 hour 30 minutes
  • Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Listening: 40 minutes
  • Speaking: 15 minutes
C2 Proficiency

C2 Proficiency

C2 Proficiency exam confirms the knowledge of English at the highest level of language proficiency (C2). It shows that you can effortlessly understand practically everything you read or hear and spontaneously express yourself on almost every subject. It allows exemptions from English language classes at renowned Polish universities. It is also recognized by the majority of foreign universities as a confirmation of knowledge of English language at the native-like level and exempts from the entrance exam to these universities. It is honoured by many employers, institutions and organizations in Poland and abroad. It also grants the right to teach English in kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools (after fulfilling certain formal requirements).  

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Information about C2 Proficiency:

  • the exam for people with C2 level of language proficiency on the Council of Europe scale
  • Cambridge English exam with the highest level of proficiency
  • the exam tests the ability to speak English in order to give advice or discuss sensitive, complex topics, the ability to understand subtle details from documentation and correspondence, the ability to write various, complex texts, the exam checks all language skills, in addition, the correctness and diversity of grammatical-lexical structures used is tested

Exam structure:

  • Reading and Use of English: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Listening: 40 minutes
  • Speaking: 16 minutes
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – an examination at each level of advancement in the field of science and migration

This exam is the world's most popular English language test for studying and migration. This is the first step towards education and employment. IELTS is a universal test available at every level. The level of difficulty of the examination increases and depending on a candidate's level of linguistic proficiency, a candidate passes the exam with a score appropriate to their proficiency.

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Information about the exam:

  • the IELTS exam is widely recognised for recruitment purposes by educational institutions, employers, professional licensing organisations and immigration government agencies.
  • the examination verifies the extent to which the candidate has mastered the ability to speak English in the following areas: listening, speaking, writing and understanding written texts.
  • the exam does not contain a grammatical part 

Exam structure:

  • Reading and Writing: 2 hours
  • Listening: 40 minutes
  • Speaking: up to 15 minutes
Business English Certificates

Business English Certificates – business English qualifications taken at three levels: B1, B2 and C1

These exams confirm the ability to speak English freely in business vocabulary. Particularly recommended for those wishing to succeed in international business environments. They enable you to study business-related subjects in English. Honoured by many employers, institutions and organizations at home and abroad. They can be taken at three levels: B1, B2 and C1.

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B1 Business Preliminary. More information 

B2 Business Vantage. More information

C1 Business Higher. More information

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