Cambridge CBT Preparation

Our London Leicester Square and Bournemouth centers and all centers in Australia and New Zealand have been officially recognized as authorized test centers for Cambridge English computer-based tests. This means that you can prepare for one of a number of internationally recognized English language exams, and take the exam itself in a computer-based format, all in the same place! We have regular preparation course start dates and exam dates throughout the year, so you can find the right one to suit your schedule.

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Why choose a Computer Based Test?

  • Gain an internationally recognized English language qualification in a computer-based format

  • Regular exam dates during the year at our Bournemouth and London Leicester Square schools

  • Short application time – students can register as little as one week before the exam

  • Fast results – candidates can receive results online in as few as 3 weeks

  • Natural extension to e-learning but with the advantage of a face-to-face speaking examination

  • Candidates can edit their answers on-screen during the exam; adjust the position and volume of their headphones; and view an online exam timer, therefore enabling them to maximize their exam performance.

  • Wide range of exams: students can prepare for and take any one of the following computer-based tests: 
    - Key English Test (KET)
    - Preliminary English Test (PET)
    - First Certificate in English (FCE)
    - Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Click on the above links for more information on each exam.

KET (Key English Test)

KET is at CEFR Level A2. At A2 level, candidates can be expected to

  • understand and use everyday expressions and basic phrases
  • introduce themselves and answer basic questions about your personal details
  • interact with English speakers who talk slowly and clearly.
If this describes your skills now, or describes the level of skills you are working towards, then KET is the right exam for you.   

KET (Key English Test) Format

KET has three papers:

Reading and Writing: 1 hour 10 minutes
You will need to be able to understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. You will also have to fill gaps in simple sentences and write a short piece of around 25 words.

Listening: 30 minutes
You need to show your ability to understand announcements and other spoken material when spoken reasonably slowly.

Speaking: up to 10 minutes
You will need to demonstrate you can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. Speaking tests are normally held with two candidates.


PET (Preliminary English Test) 

PET is at CEFR Level B1. At B1 level candidates can be expected to:

  • understand the main points of straightforward instructions or public announcements
  • deal with most of the situations you might meet when travelling as a tourist in an English-speaking country
  • ask simple questions and take part in factual conversations in a work environment
  • write letters or make notes on familiar matters

PET (Preliminary English Test) – Format

PET has three papers:

Reading and Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes
You need to be able to read texts from signs, journals, newspapers and magazines and understand the main points. You will need to show you can use vocabulary and structure by completing tasks such as writing a short message, and a story or letter of around 100 words. You will also need to complete an exercise involving changing the meaning of sentences.

Listening: 30 minutes (approx.)
You will need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of recorded spoken material, including announcements and discussions about everyday life. You need to be able to follow the attitudes and intentions of the speakers.

Speaking: 10-12 minutes
Candidates take the Speaking test in pairs. You have to show your spoken English by taking part in conversation, asking and answering questions, and talking freely about your likes and dislikes.


FCE (First Certificate in English)

FCE is at Level B2. At B2 level candidates can be expected to:

  • understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing
  • keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
  • produce clear, detailed writing, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view.

FCE (First Certificate in English) – Format

FCE has five papers:

Reading: 1 hour
You will need to be able to understand information in fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines.

Writing: 1 hour 20 minutes
You will have to show you can produce two different pieces of writing such as a short story, a letter, an article, a report, a review or an essay.

Use of English: 45 minutes
Your use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well you control your grammar and vocabulary.

Listening: 40 minutes
You need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of spoken material, including news programmes, speeches, stories and anecdotes and public announcements.

Speaking: 14 minutes
You will take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three, and you will be tested on your ability to take part in different types of interaction: with the examiner, with the other candidates and by yourself.


CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) 

CAE is at CEFR Level C1. At C1 level candidates can be expected to:

  • use English in an effective way for business or study purposes
  • use English confidently and flexibly
  • produce well-structured, clear pieces of writing on complex issues

CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) – Format

CAE has five papers:

Reading: 1 hour 15 minutes
Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text.

Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes
Requires you to be able to write a variety of different items; such as essays, proposals, reports and reviews.

Use of English: 1 hour
Tests your ability to use the right words, tenses and idioms in the right situation, at the right time.

Listening: 40 minutes
Requires being able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials; such as lectures, speeches and interviews.

Speaking: 15 minutes
Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the test with one or two other candidates.


For the Cambridge CBT Terms and Conditions please click here.