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  1. 1. Speaker: Diana CRETU, (DCRETU@ALFR.MD) Centre Exams Manager & Centre Exams Officer CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH EXAMINATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS
  2. 2. • first established in 1913 • in 1913 it created the first exam for non-native speakers of English – the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE – now known as C2 Proficiency); the exam lasted 12 hours  • Cambridge, along with the British Council and the Australian International Development Programme (IDP), developed IELTS in the 1980s • providing English language qualifications and tests for over 100 years
  3. 3. CEFR level: A2 Scale score: 120–139 Test format: Computer-based, paper-based No. of papers: 3 Exam length: About 2 hours
  4. 4. PAPER CONTENT MARKS (% of total) PURPOSE Reading and Writing (1 hour 10 minutes) 9 parts 56 qs 50% Shows you can understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. Listening (about 30 minutes) 5 parts 25 qs 25% Requires you to be able to understand announcements and other spoken material when people speak reasonably slowly. Speaking (8-10 minutes per pair of candidates) 2 parts 25% Shows you can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. The Speaking test will be conducted face to face with one or two other candidates and two examiners. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.
  5. 5. CEFR level: B1 Scale score: 140–159 Test format: Computer-based, paper-based No. of papers: 3 Exam length: About 2 hours and 20 mins
  6. 6. PAPER CONTENT MARKS (% of total) PURPOSE Reading and Writing (1 hour 30 minutes) 5 parts 35 qs 50% Shows you can read and understand the main points from signs, newspapers and magazines, and can use vocabulary and structure correctly. Listening (about 36 minutes) 4 parts 25 qs 25% You have to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials including announcements and discussions about everyday life. Speaking (10-12 minutes per pair of candidates) 4 parts 25% Shows how good your spoken English is as you take part in conversation by asking/answering questions and talking, for example, about your likes and dislikes. The Speaking test will be conducted face to face with one or two other candidates and two examiners. This makes the test more realistic and more reliable.
  7. 7. CEFR level: B2 Scale score: 160–190 Test format: Computer-based, paper-based No. of papers: 4 Exam length: About 3.5 hours • FCE - tests all areas of language ability. • A Cambridge English: First (FCE) qualification proves the candidate has the language skills to live and work independently in an English- speaking country or study on courses taught in English.
  8. 8. PAPER CONTENT PURPOSE Reading and Use of English (1 hour 15 minutes) 7 parts 52 qs Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with tasks that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary. Writing (1 hour 20 minutes) 2 parts Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters (formal & informal), reports, articles, reviews, and essays. Listening (about 40 minutes) 4 parts 30 qs Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, interviews, presentations, and everyday conversations. Speaking (14 minutes per pair of candidates) 4 parts Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face to face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates. The Speaking test is taken face-to-face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.
  9. 9. FCE Writing Time: 1hr 20min Part 1 •essay Part 2 •formal letter/email •informal letter/email •article •review •report •story (for Schools)
  10. 10. FCE Writing sample
  11. 11. FCE Speaking Time: 2 candidates = 14min 3 candidates = 21 min
  12. 12. 2 or 3 candidates 2 cand. if even number (4,6,8) in a session 3 cand. if odd number (5,7,11) in a session 2 examiners: Interlocutor – keeps time, asks QS, gives the Global Mark Assessor: gives 4 marks (Analytical mark)
  13. 13. FCE Speaking Pt 1 – Introduction • Purpose: getting to know the candidates better + helping them to settle in • Topics covered: everything about the candidate: hobbies, spare time, daily routine, studies etc.
  14. 14. FCE Speaking Pt 2 – Describing pictures + follow-up qs • Describing pictures: 1 min After Candidate A described the 2 pictures they were given, Candidate B is asked a follow-up qs based on them • Procedure is then repeated vice-versa • Candidates should speculate about the story behind the picture • Specific vocabulary is essential • Pictures cover a range of day-by-day topics
  15. 15. • Candidates are given a diagram which they need to discuss on together (2 mins for pair; 3 mins for group) • It contains a qs + several options/answers/solutions • Candidates need to cover most of the options by discussing the pros and cons of each • Decision making in 1 minute (2 mins for group) FCE Speaking Pt 3 – Discussion + decision making
  16. 16. FCE Speaking Pt 4 – Answering qs on Pt 3 • General questions based on PART 3 • Questions are quite complex and long • An extensive and complete answer is required • Candidates must give reasons for their answers • Candidates will be asked to react to each other’s response • They might be given a qs to discuss together
  17. 17. CEFR level: C1 Scale score: 180–210 Test format: Computer-based, paper-based No. of papers: 4 Exam length: About 4 hours • CAE - tests all areas of language ability. • Preparing for Cambridge English: Advanced helps learners develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English- speaking countries.
  18. 18. PAPER CONTENT PURPOSE Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes) 8 parts/ 56 questions Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with different types of exercise that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary. Writing (1 hour 30 minutes) 2 parts You create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails (formal & informal), proposals, reports and reviews. Listening (about 40 minutes) 4 parts/ 30 questions Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations. Speaking (15 minutes per pair of candidates) 4 parts Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with another candidate. The Speaking test is taken face to face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.
  19. 19. Statement of Results
  20. 20. CAE Writing Time: 1hr 30min Part 1 •essay Part 2 •formal letter/email •informal letter/email •proposal •review •report
  21. 21. CAE Writing sample
  22. 22. Cambridge Exams vs. others Cambridge IELTS TOEFL Format both CB & PB only PB only CB Location available in MD not available in MD available in MD Validity < 2 years 2 years Recognition Recognized all around the world Content universal (articles, stories, novel excerpts) academic, technical academic Speaking live: 2 examiners + 2-3 candidates live: 1 examiner + 2 candidate computerised: 1 candidate + PC Certificate included in price, valid scanned included in price, not always valid scanned not included in price, not valid scanned
  23. 23. TESTIMONIALS FROM TEST-TAKERS The CAE Exam was a huge challenge for me, it was the first assessment of this kind and it was really educational for me. I developed not only my language level, but also skills significant for me as communication skills, time management skills and I got a good boost of confidence. Now I’m applying for university in Austria! I highly believe that taking the CAE exam was a great decision. Firstly, because I found the exam itself carefully crafted around the needs and requirements of someone who wants to demonstare a good command of English. Secondly, because it has helped me with my application process for university since a wide number of institutions abroad accept the CAE exam. I took the FCE because it was recognized by the university to which I applied. It is a complex exam that shows most appropriately my real language skills, so that is why it was a stepping stone to achieve C1. What’s more, it has no expiry date so it is still actual when I apply for jobs!
  24. 24. The tests that show you’re developing as a teacher TKT is a series of internationally recognised modular teaching qualifications, which test your knowledge in a specific area of English language teaching. You can take TKT whatever your background and teaching experience, to gain recognition for your knowledge and skills.
  25. 25. CambridgeEnglishTeachingFramework
  26. 26. • recognised in over 60 countries as proof of teaching knowledge • a highly respected qualification from Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge • flexible – take as many modules as you want, over any time period. You receive a Cambridge English certificate for each module you complete • accessible – prepare for each module in your own time, at your own pace
  27. 27. The modules are:
  28. 28. RESULTS BAND A CANDIDATE AT THIS LEVEL DEMONSTRATES 4 Extensive knowledge of TKT content areas 3 Breadth and depth of knowledge of TKT content areas 2 Basic, but systematic knowledge of TKT content areas 1 Limited knowledge of TKT content areas
  29. 29. Increase your teaching expertise and apply it in the classroom Delta deepens your knowledge and understanding of English language teaching, to help you progress in your career. It is suitable if you are an existing teacher working in any teaching context.
  30. 30. • proof of your skills and expertise – at the same level as Master’s study • a highly respected qualification from Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge • flexible – take each module independently, in any order.
  31. 31. The modules are:
  32. 32. Would you recommend taking a Cambridge English exam to a friend or a colleague?
  33. 33. RESULTS GRADE DESCRIPTION Pass with Distinction The candidate demonstrates a comprehensive and accurate knowledge of the Delta Module One syllabus and a high level of familiarity with the full range of ELT terminology, concepts, theories and practices tested in the Delta Module One examination. Pass with Merit The candidate demonstrates a comprehensive and generally accurate knowledge of the Delta Module One syllabus and a high level of familiarity with a wide range of ELT terminology, concepts, theories and practices tested in the Delta Module One examination. Pass The candidate demonstrates a generally accurate knowledge of a range of areas in the Delta Module One syllabus and a sound level of familiarity with a range of ELT terminology, concepts, theories and practices tested in the Delta Module One examination. Fail The candidate fails to demonstrate a generally accurate knowledge in a wide enough range of areas in the Delta Module One syllabus to reach pass standard.
  34. 34. JOIN US! Cambridge English Public School Initiative o Schools = exam centre branches o Access to students’ online results o Unlimited access to webinars and exam related content o Access to free exam marketing material o Free pretesting for ALL Cambridge exams o Official Cambridge logo and certificate o Teachers = Speaking Examiners o Ability to deliver paper-based exams onsite
  35. 35. Thank you! Feel free to ask questions. facebook.com/CambridgeEnglishMoldova/

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