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Introduction

In 1858, UCLES was established as one of the departments in Cambridge University with the aim of standardizing English language instruction at schools and administering exams in a variety of fields, including academic and vocational areas.

Currently, UCLES is known as Cambridge ESOL and is in charge of administering exams for English language learners. Moreover, as a department in one of the most prestigious universities in the world, UCLES administers language exams at the highest possible levels of proficiency. These exams assess all four language skills of listening, speaking, writing and reading in accordance with language learners' need in real life. At present, UCLES exams are administered at 5 major levels as follows:

KET: Key English Test

PET: Preliminary English Test

FCE: First Certificate in English

CAE: Certificate in Advanced English

CPE: Certificate of Proficiency in English

 

KET (Key English Test)

The KET Exam is the first of the five major language exams (for adults) administered by Cambridge University. At this level, English users are able to gather information and pursue their affairs in their own or a foreign country using English as a medium of communication with native as well as non-native speakers.

PET (Preliminary English Test)

Pet is the second of the five major language exams administered by Cambridge University. In terms of proficiency assessment, PET is an intermediate-level exam aiming at evaluating participants' capabilities in dealing with everyday issues using spoken as well as written forms of communication. At this level, English users are able to gather information and pursue their affairs in their own or in a foreign country using English as a medium of communication with native as well as non-native speakers.

FCE (First Certificate in English)

FCE is the third of the five major language exams administered by Cambridge University. FCE is an upper-intermediate level exam with the aim of evaluating learners' speaking and writing abilities in vocational as well as academic areas.

CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)

CAE is the fourth of the five major language proficiency levels for the exams administered by Cambridge University. CAE is an advanced-level exam aiming to evaluate applicants' spoken as well written proficiency in specialized and academic areas.

CPE (Certificate Proficiency in English)

CAE is the fifth of the five major language proficiency levels for the exams administered by Cambridge University. CPE is an advanced level exam aiming to evaluate applicants' spoken as well written proficiency in specialized and academic areas.

History

Since 1993, Cambridge University has been pursuing a plan in regard to the evaluation of the language proficiency levels of children and young adults (age 7 to 12) learning English as a second language. The related exams are referred to as YLE exams.

YLE exams consist of three levels (Starters, Movers, and Flyers), and have been designed so as to provide a comprehensive method for the assessment of elementary-level learners of the English language. The language level of these tests can be regarded as the first step toward Cambridge University’s main proficiency tests such as KET or PET.

Objectives

YLE exams have the following objectives:

1.        Providing purposive, relevant samples of language use

2.       Providing precise, objective evaluation

3.       Creating a positive mental image of international tests for children

4.       Enhancing effective learning and teaching methods

5.       Motivating learners to continue learning

The Administration of YLE Tests

The administration of YLE Exams provides individuals interested with the opportunity to receive YLE international certificates related to their level of proficiency while learning the language. It should be noted that applicants between the ages of 7 to 12 can take this exam regardless of the institute in which they are learning English.

Introduction to Cambridge YLE Exams

With regard to different levels of YLE courses, two sets of exams are administered in this department:

1.        Mock YLE: Starters, Movers, Flyers

2.       The Actual Examination

 

YLE (Mock)

Individuals interested in taking this exam and obtaining the intended certificate can first sit for the YLE Mock exam, which is either one of the previously-administered YLE exams or a sample exam developed by Cambridge University. This exam aims to assess applicants' readiness for taking the actual exam. The total exam time, depending on the level, is between 90 to 120 minutes. This exam consists of two listening sections in addition to reading and writing sections.

YLE (Real)

Depending on the level, the exam time can range from 90 to 120 minutes. This exam consists of three sections: Listening, Reading & Writing, and Speaking