The Cambridge Exams and IELTS test explained:
Morgan School of English we teach the General English and Business English Cambridge exam suite that comprises:
>> For General English, the Cambridge
- KET (Key English Test) for elementary students. Students are ready for this exam upon completion
of their A2-level coursework.
- PET (Preliminary English Test) for lower intermediate students. Students
are ready for this exam upon completion of their B1-level coursework.
- FCE (First Certificate in English or Cambridge
First Test) for upper intermediate students. Students are ready for this exam upon completion of their B2-level coursework.
(Certificate of Advanced English Test) for advanced learners -- required for entry at UK universities. Students are ready
for this exam upon completion of their C1-level coursework.
- CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English Test) for high
advanced / proficient learners --- required for entry at UK universities. This exam is typically required for foreign EFL/ESOL
teachers living / working overseas as proof of language mastery as well as for those wishing to undertake university coursework
in the UK. This exam, when validated by a credentials evaluation service in the US, will often satisfy the mandatory general
education written English requirement at American colleges and universities. Students are ready for this exam upon completion
of their C2-level coursework.
>> The Business English
Certificate series by Cambridge English:
- BEC Preliminary (Business Preliminary)
is an exam set at an intermediate level. Students are ready for this qualification upon completion of their B1-level coursework
in Business English.
- BEC Vantage (Business Vantage) is an exam set at an upper-intermediate level. Students
are ready for this qualification upon completion of their B2-level coursework in Business English.
- BEC Higher
(Business Higher) is an exam set at an advanced level. Students are ready for this qualification upon completion of their
C1-level coursework in Business English.
The Cambridge English exam result / certificates from the Main Suite and the BEC Series DO NOT have an expiry date.
The IELTS exam:
- This test measures a learner's ability in each area of language (oral, reading, writing,
grammar and listening) at a particular point in time. The student can, for example, take the IELTS twice a week from each
other and score vastly different from one week to the next.
- The marks assigned for each area are called "bands".
UK Universities require a minimum score which varies from institution to institution for each of the areas tested. Unlike
the Cambridge main suite of exams, the IELTS is only valid for 2 years from the date it was taken.
- The beauty of the
IELTS exam is that there is no overall pass/fail letter grade, which makes it an ideal test for many learners who might have
a significant weakness in a particular area, be it skills or systems.
NOTE: The IELTS results are valid for 2 years only!
advice: Keep these differences very clear in your mind when choosing between the IELTS test or the Cambrige Main Suite
or the Cambridge BEC Series.
The difference between the various exams:
|Cambridge English Exams comparison table
|Click the image to go to the Cambridge English website
What's the difference between the American TOEFL®
and TOEIC®? How do they compare to the British exams?
Both exams are registered trademarks owned and administered by the Educational Testing Service (or ETS) and, like
the IELTS, scores are valid for only 2 years from the date the exam was taken..
They do, however, assess different language elements and the scoring between the two tests is radically different as well.
>> The TOEFL or Test
Of English as a Foreign
- It assesses reading, listening, speaking
- The exam can take anywhere between 3 hours 10 minutes and 5 hours depending on whether the candidate
takes tine computerized or paper-based version.
- Widely accepted in American universities as an undergraduate
pre-requirement for foreign applicants whose primary language is NOT English.
>> The TOEIC or Test
Of English for International
- Assesses every day English skills of people working in an
international environment. There are TWO tests to choose from depending on the learner's needs:
- The listening and reading tests. They have a combined score scale of up to 990 points maximum. This is a 2-hour
200-question multiple choice test.
- The speaking and writing tests. They have a combined score scale of up to
400 points maximum. This exam can be completed in 1.5 hours.
Due to exam fraud and widespread scandal in the UK and other territories, ETS exams are NO LONGER HONOURED by the Home
Office for purposes of securing a UK visa. As of April 2014, ETS decided not to renew its licence as a secure English language
test provider. (Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26024375 and http://www.ets.org/toeic/important_update/update_toeic_uk, accessed on 28/12/2014)