Why choose Cambridge Qualifications for Schools

The Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) tests introduce students to everyday written and spoken English, and are an excellent way for them to gain confidence and improve their English. The tests cover all skills and are designed to assess the English language skills of children between the ages of seven and twelve, Children develop English language skills step by step: speaking, writing, reading and listening. The exams also help children to build up their confidence to use English in real life.

Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers, A2 Flyers

These three exams are for young learners aged 6–12. They build learners’ confidence step by step and lay the foundations for future success in English. All our exams for young learners are fun, colourful and activity based, motivating children to learn.

  Pre A1 Starters A1 Movers A2 Flyers
CEFR level Pre A1 A1 A2
Test format PB* PB* PB*
Number of papers 3 3 3
Reading and Writing 20 mins 30 mins 40 mins
Listening 20 mins 25 mins 25 mins
Speaking 3–5 mins 5–7 mins 7–9 mins
Total exam length 43–45 mins 60–62 mins 72–74 mins

See our range of preparation materials at:

  • cambridgeenglish.org/key/prepare
  • cambridgeenglish.org/keyforschools/prepareFOR

A2 Key and A2 Key for Schools

Cambridge English Scale 120–139

This qualification helps learners to develop basic English language skills. It’s the next step after our qualifications for young learners as the exam builds on the skills students have achieved at A2 Flyers. It’s also a good place for older students to start learning English too.

Exam Format
CEFR level A2
Test format CB or PB*
Number of papers 3
Reading and Writing 60 mins
Listening 30 mins
Speaking 8–10 mins
Total exam length 98–100 mins

B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools

Cambridge English Scale 140–159

This is an intermediate-level qualification which shows students have mastered the basics of English. It builds on the skills students have learned at A2 Level, providing learners with practical language skills for everyday use and improved fluency.

Exam Format
CEFR level B1
Test format CB or PB*
Number of papers 4
Reading 45 mins
Writing 45 mins
Listening 30 mins
Speaking 12 mins
Total exam length 132 mins

* CB: computer-based; PB: paper-based

See our range of preparation materials at:

  • cambridgeenglish.org/preliminary/prepare
  • cambridgeenglish.org/preliminaryforschools/prepare

See our range of preparation materials at:

  • cambridgeenglish.org/first/prepare
  • cambridgeenglish.org/firstforschools/prepare

B2 First and B2 First for Schools

Cambridge English Scale 160–179

This qualification is a great way for learners to prepare for higher level exams, and shows they have the language skills needed to communicate confidently in an English-speaking environment.

Exam Format
CEFR level B2
Test format CB or PB*
Number of papers 4
Reading and Use of English 75 mins
Writing 80 mins
Listening 40 mins
Speaking 14 mins
Total exam length 209 mins

* CB: computer-based; PB: paper-based

C1 Advanced

Cambridge English Scale 180–199

This high-level qualification proves students are able to communicate effectively and express themselves with a high level of fluency. It also helps learners develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries.

Exam Format
CEFR level A2
Test format CB or PB*
Number of papers 4
Reading and Use of English 90 mins
Writing 90 mins
Listening 40 mins
Speaking 15 mins
Total exam length 235 mins

See our range of preparation materials at:

  • cambridgeenglish.org/advanced/prepare

See our range of preparation materials at:

  • cambridgeenglish.org/proficiency/prepare

C2 Proficiency

Cambridge English Scale 200–229

This is our highest level qualification and it shows the world your learners have mastered English to an exceptional level.

Exam Format
CEFR level c2
Test format CB or PB*
Number of papers 4
Reading and Use of English 90 mins
Writing 90 mins
Listening 40 mins
Speaking 15 mins
Total exam length 236 mins