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Prepared for Success


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The Cambridge English: Advanced exam opens up opportunities for non-native English speakers when applying for university and applying for jobs. In this presentation, Lee Knapp of Cambridge English …

The Cambridge English: Advanced exam opens up opportunities for non-native English speakers when applying for university and applying for jobs. In this presentation, Lee Knapp of Cambridge English Language Assessment – a department of the University of Cambridge – sets out the advantages to education providers and education agents alike.

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  • 1. Lee Knapp Development Manager UK and Ireland ICEF Berlin, 3 November 2013 Prepared for success
  • 2. 2,700 test centres in 130 countries English language exams since 1913 Makers of IELTS Accepted by Over 13,000 organisations globally Over 4 million candidates per year Over 50,000 preparation centres worldwide Cambridge English overview
  • 3. Cambridge English – our products For Higher Education For Teaching For Work For Schools Academic and Professional General and for Schools Business Young learners Teaching qualifications For immigration
  • 4. International
  • 5. CAE – its credentials
  • 7. Why Cambridge English: Advanced? Accepted globally Well supported Fit for purpose International and fair Widely available and accessible Proven quality
  • 8. For a full list of organisations worldwide accepting Cambridge English: Advanced visit Recognised by over 3,000 universities, employers and governments in 80 countries Accepted globally
  • 9. Recognition in the UK Accepted by the UK Border Agency for Tier 1, 2, 4 visas covering studying & working in the UK UCAS awards Advanced candidates tariff points accepted by UK universities
  • 10. Recognition in the UK London Metropolitan University University of Brighton King's College London University of Bradford University of Edinburgh University of Surrey Kingston University University College London University of Manchester Plus many, many more! University of Warwick University of Leeds London School of Economics & Political Science Name: Rosita Cordasco Age: 23 University: London School of Economics “CAE gave me the opportunity to travel to English speaking countries and also pursue my Master's degree in London, at the London School of Economics”
  • 11. Recognition in Europe University of Copenhagen University of Aarhus Jönköping University University of Amsterdam University of Utrecht Aalborg University University of Groningen University of Applied Sciences Utrecht The Hague University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • 12. Recognition in North America University of Toronto University of British Columbia University of Virginia Texas Tech University McGill University University of New Mexico Concordia College Claremont McKenna College Tennessee Tech University University of Lethbridge
  • 13. Recognition in Australia Cambridge English: Advanced is approved by the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for student visas Cambridge English: Advanced is recognised by Australian Universities and TAFE institutions for student admissions
  • 14. Accepted by nearly 50 universities and TAFE institutions in Australia, including… Recognition in Australia …PLUS MANY, MANY MORE! Monash University Western Australia University of Tasmania University of New South Wales University of Queensland TAFE Queensland TAFE NSW Curtin University of Technology Murdoch University James Cook University Queensland University of Technology University of Adelaide Queensland of Southern Queensland University of Western Sydney University of Canberra
  • 15. About the exam
  • 16. Fit for purpose 1 2 3 4 5 Targeted – at the most appropriate level for academic success (CEFR Level C1 / IELTS band 7.0+) Opens doors – to studying at university and college abroad Curriculum based – preparing for the exam helps develop the language skills students need Comprehensive – a thorough test of all 4 skills PLUS use of grammar and vocabulary Better preparation – prepares students better for success at university, work and life than other tests
  • 17. Available and accessible Paper based or computer based format 37 dates per year Available in 113 countries Affordably priced 1,300 test centres globally
  • 18. Exam overview 1 2 3 4 5 Reading - 1 hour 15 minutes Writing - 1 hour 30 minutes Use of English - 1 hour Listening - 40 minutes Speaking - 15 minutes
  • 19. Test dates 2013 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 19 16 22 13 30 8 22 6 20 10 17 21 26 16 7 12 9 6 16 6 20 11 18, 25 8 12 13 25 23 31 14 11 19 9 30 4 14
  • 20. International and fair  Supports all major varieties of English including accents  Supports candidates with special requirements  Fair to all students, regardless of their language, gender or ethnicity International in every aspect: content, availability and recognition
  • 21. Paper 3 – Use of English
  • 22. APPLY WORLD INFANT For questions 28–37, read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in the same line. Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the separate answer sheet. . There is an example at the beginning (0). Example: A ACILPP T I O N S0 Aerial photography Photography has many forms and (0) …………….. . Of all of them, the practice of taking pictures of earth forms from the air has had the most value for geographers (28) ………… . Photography was still in its (29) …………. when, in 1858, French artist Felix Tournachon took the first aerial photograph from a hot-air balloon. APPLY WORLD INFANT PART 3
  • 23. PART 5
  • 24. Format and assessment EXAMINER ASSESS ON INTERLOCUTOR ASSESS ON Paired format 2:2 Grammar and vocabulary Global achievement Discourse management Pronunciation Interactive communication Lexical resource
  • 25. Paper 5 – Speaking
  • 26. Understanding results
  • 28. Statement of results
  • 29. Certificate
  • 30. When will I receive my results? Results for computer based exam – 2 weeks Results for paper based exam – 4 weeks
  • 31. How organisations can check your results EVERY CANDIDATE RECEIVES A CONFIRMATION OF ENTRY Your results will be available on 26 July 2011 at 10:00 (UK time). To access your results you can register now at with the following information: ID Number: ABC123456 Secret Number: 1973 You can pass these details on to organisations who wish to verify your results at Results information
  • 32. Verify a result
  • 33. Results screen
  • 34. Benchmarking IELTS to Cambridge English: Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced IELTS Score (0-100) Band scores 93 9 87 8.5 80 8 74 7.5 67 7 58 6.5 52 6 47 5.5
  • 35. The Level – relating results to the CEFR C Proficient user C2 B Independent user A Basic user B2 B1 A2 A1 The Common European Framework of Reference Grade A Grade B Grade C Level B2 Level of English needed for most academic purposes C1
  • 36. Summary 5 1 2 3 4 5 Improves English language skills – Preparing for the exam helps develop high-level ability Focused at the right level – In depth assessment of language ability at the key level needed for academic study Well supported – A wealth of support materials is available for students, teachers, agents and other stakeholders Internationally recognised – Including in the UK, Australia, Canada and throughout the world Flexible delivery – Choice of paper and computer based tests, available at over 1,300 centres in 113 countries
  • 37. Learn more:
  • 38. THANK YOU!
  • 39. Questions and answers