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Cambridge Certificates

General English Levels and Cambridge Certificates

General English Levels and Objectives

Audience

Cambridge
Certificates

PROFICIENT
USER

C2 Proficiency
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning in more complex situations.

Teenagers (17+)

CPE
Cambridge
Proficiency
in English

Adults

C1 Advanced
Can understand a wide range of texts and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

Teenagers (17+)

CAE
Cambridge
Advanced
English

Adults

INDEPENDENT
USER

B2 Upper-Intermediate
Can understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics. Can interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity. Can explain a viewpoint on topical issues and a wide range of subjects.

Teenagers (17+)

FCE
First 
Certificate
in English

Adults

B1 Intermediate
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters. Can produce simple connected text on familiar topics and areas of interest. Can describe experiences and events and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

All ages

PET
Preliminary 
English Test

BASIC
USER

A2 Elementary - Pre-Intermediate
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions in areas of most immediate relevance. Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background and matters in areas of immediate need.

All ages

KET
Key English Test