A2 Key, formerly known as Cambridge English. This basic-level qualification is a great exam to take if you're new to learning English. An A2 Key certificate shows that you can: Understand and use basic phrases and expressions Understand simple written English Introduce yourself and answer basic questions about yourself Interact with English speakers at a basic level.
B1 Preliminary, formerly known as Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) It is the English language exam that shows you have mastered the basics. A B1 Preliminary qualification shows that you can: Read simple textbooks and articles in English Write letters and emails on everyday subjects Take meeting notes Show awareness of opinions and mood in spoken and written English.
B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE) It is Cambridge's most popular exam, accepted by thousands of businesses and educational institutions worldwide. A B2 First qualification shows that you can: Communicate effectively face-to-face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments Follow the news Write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view Write letters, reports, stories and lots of other types of text.
B1 Business Preliminary, formerly known as Cambridge English: Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary It helps you to get the practical language skills you need to start doing business in English. A B1 Business Preliminary certificate shows that you can: Talk about business subjects Understand charts and graphs Write a short business email Follow short telephone conversations.
B2 Business Vantage, formerly known as Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage) It shows employers that you're ready to do business at an international level. A B2 Business Vantage certificate shows that you can: Write short business messages and reports Read articles from business publications Listen to, understand and give your opinions in meetings.
C1 Business Higher, formerly known as Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher) It helps you to get the practical language skills you need to work effectively at a senior level in international business. A C1 Business Higher certificate shows that you can: Communicate effectively at managerial and professional level Participate with confidence in workplace meetings and presentations Express yourself with a high level of fluency React appropriately in different cultural and social situations.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration.
IELTS has been developed by some of the world’s leading language assessment experts and will test the full range of English skills needed for success in your new job or study placement abroad. You’ll be assessed on the following elements: Listening Reading Writing Speaking
There are two IELTS tests available – IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. The test you choose should be based on what it is you want to do. IELTS Academic - measures whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment. It reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you’re ready to begin training or studying. IELTS General Training - measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations. If you are taking the IELTS test to support a UK visa application to work, live or study in the UK, you may need to take the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Academic or General Training or the IELTS for Life Skills test.
IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. The test assesses the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. It lasts approximately 3 hours and provides a score based on the GSE (Global Scale of English). Find out more about GSE. PTE Academic scores are accepted by thousands of institutions and approved for all UK, Australian and New Zealand visa and immigration categories. Test sessions can be scheduled up to 24 hours in advance, 365 days a year.
PTE Home A1 is a beginner-level English test for speaking and listening. It is accepted by the UK Home Office as proof of language proficiency for several family and work visas. PTE Home A1 is a pass–fail test that measures an individual’s ability at CEFR Level A1. Visas that accept PTE Home A1 include: Spouse/Partner visa Parent of a dependent Representative of an overseas business Tier 2 Sportsperson visa
Some visas require proof of English language improvement in order to qualify for an extension. You must fulfill certain criteria including profiency of English at CEFR level A2 in order to extend spouse/partner and parent of a dependent visas after 2.5 years
If you are looking to settle in the UK permanently you will need to prove that your English language is at CEFR level B1. The PTE Home B1 test is approved by UK Visas and Immigration for both settlement (indefinite leave to remain) and citizenship applications.
PTE Academic is the first entirely computer-based English language test for international study and immigration that is accepted across the world. Powered by AI technology, PTE Academic provides a fast and convenient testing solution without human bias. The test assesses the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. It lasts approximately 3 hours and provides a score based on the GSE (Global Scale of English). Find out more about GSE. PTE Academic scores are accepted by thousands of institutions and approved for all UK, Australian and New Zealand visa and immigration categories. Test sessions can be scheduled up to 24 hours in advance, 365 days a year.
PTE Academic UKVI is a Secure English Language Test (SELT) that is approved by the UK Home Office for all UK visas that require a 4 skill language test. It is a fast, fair and convenient choice for anyone who wishes to work, study or come to live in the UK. There is no difference between PTE Academic and PTE Academic UKVI in terms of test content and format. Instead, there are minor differences in the registration process to comply with UK Home Office requirements. Study visas You should choose PTE Academic UKVI if: You are applying for a Student route visa (formerly known as the Tier 4 General student visa) and you are planning to study below degree level (e.g. a Foundation or Pathways course or professional English course). You wish to study at degree level or above at somewhere that is not a Higher Education Institution (HEI) You may take PTE Academic instead if: You are applying for a Student route visa (formerly known as the Tier 4 General student visa) and are planning to study at degree level or above. Please check with your Higher Education Institution (HEI) to confirm their specific English requirements. Work visas You should choose PTE Academic UKVI if you are applying for the following Work visas: Start-up visa Innovator visa Skilled worker visa (formerly known as the Tier 2 General work visa) Minister of religion visa (Tier 2)