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Adult General/Examination Courses

Key Points

  • Minimum age - 16 years
  • Levels – Beginner to Advanced
  • Course length – from 2 weeks to one year
  • Start dates – most Mondays
  • Class size – maximum 12, average 9-10
  • 21 full hours in classroom + 10 hours teacher-assisted self-study per week
  • General English + Afternoon Electives
  • Regular 1:1 tutorials with class teacher
  • Exams Offered:- IELTS, PET, FCE, CAE,CPE, TOEIC*, TOEFLand others including ILEC and BULATS
  • University advisory and application service
  • Study trips to London and around Cambridge
  • Free social Programme
  • *All TOEIC exams in the UK have been suspended for the time being

Course Structure

  • Courses at CAE run right through the year (except 2 or 3 weeks for Christmas holiday).
  • Start most Mondays
  • The minimum stay is 2 weeks
  • Exam students advised to take full 12-week programme: Winter, Spring or Autumn
  • 21 full hours in classroom + 10 hours teacher-assisted self-study per week
  • Choice of afternoon elective classes
  • Regular 1:1 tutorials with class teacher

Length of your Studies

  • Minimum 2 weeks
  • Average length 12 weeks but many people come for shorter or longer periods
  • Special advantages for those who study for 24 weeks or more (click here)

Exam Preparation

  • Exams Officer to advise you
  • IELTS + TOEFL + BULATS part of afternoon programme
  • Cambridge First (FCE)
  • Cambridge Advanced(CAE)
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
  • TOEIC registered centre
  • International Legal English Certificate (ILEC)
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Level: Any level from Intermediate [4] This exam gives you a score which you can then use to apply to university. The exam tests listening, speaking, reading and writing. It is popular with British and Australasian universities, and is growing in popularity with US universities.
Preliminary English Test (PET) Level: Upper Intermediate [3] This exam tests your listening, speaking, reading and writing. Recommended if you are not ready for the other exams listed below.
Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Level: Upper Intermediate [5] The most popular English language exam in the UK. Tests all four skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. It is tested over 4 exam papers. NB: Although it is called 'First', FCE is not a low level exam.
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Level: Lower Advanced [6]+ The advanced version of the First Certificate (see above). This exam specialises in preparing students in everyday communication at an advanced level.
Cambridge Proficiency
(CPE)
Level: Advanced [7] Tests listening, speaking, reading and writing. An ideal exam for those wishing to go to an English-speaking university - especially for courses in the arts and humanities.
Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) Level: Any level from Intermediate [4] All TOEIC tests in the UK are currently suspended.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Level: Any level from Intermediate [4] This exam tests all four skills and is particularly useful for students wishing to go on to study at an American university. Only internet based test (IBT) available in UK.
International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) Level:From Upper Intermediate to Advanced [5-7] This is an important exam specifically for law students and lawyers who need to show proficiency in legal English.

Level of English

When you arrive at CAE we will test your level of English. This table gives you an idea of the levels:

Beginner(1) Little or no knowledge or experience of English Common European Framework
Elementary (2) Knows basic greetings and can ask and answer simple questions A1
Lower Intermediate (3) Can hold a basic conversation (e.g. describe family) with help. Some knowledge of grammar, including past and future tenses A2
Intermediate (4) Can hold a basic conversation without difficulty but can’t discuss more complex issues. Some basic grammar mistakes. B1
Upper Intermediate (5) Can discuss some complex subjects fluently. Has no problem with common grammatical constructions B2
Lower Advanced (6) Can discuss a wide range of subjects with occasional mistakes. Can write with few grammatical errors. C1
Advanced (7) Can discuss a wide range of complex subjects. Wide vocabulary. Can read newspapers and magazines without much difficulty. Mistakes are about style rather than structure. C2

Afternoon Electives

You can choose your afternoon electives to suit your needs.

Choices may include:

Academic English

  • English for Academic Purposes (IELTS and TOEFL)
  • Exam Workshop
  • Writing Practice
  • Grammar Workshop

Speaking and Listening

  • English in Situations
  • Multi-media English
  • Ideas and Issues
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading and Discussion

Special Interest

  • Communication in Business
  • Cambridge People and Places
  • Science and Nature
  • Film Studies
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