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FUTURE EXAMS AT THE SCHOOL in 2020

It was so disappointing not to have exams in June, and students are asking when the next exams will be.  I was hoping to have some in August, but it seems more possible from September.   But there are some Exam Centres open in London already, and if you really need an exam very soon, look on the Cambridge Website and contact a London Centre.  I think these are the nearest Centres to Reading.  Good luck

I will give you our updates as soon as possible about our exams in 2020 . Please email me it you have any questions:  info@efl-reading.co.uk


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR STUDENTS! The results for the Cambridge Exams in March 2020 are now out, and I am so pleased to say that all our students have passed their exams.  Well done to all of you from Kate and the staff at this school.

We are the Reading Examination Centre for the University of Cambridge Examinations. All the examinations take place in the school in Church Street.

Centre No: 51351. 

Full details of dates and fees are on this website under Schedule & Fees. (March, June, July, August, November and December sessions)

We arrange exams for our own students and for external candidates from other schools and colleges in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and other areas.

The following examinations are organised and held in the Centre or in conference rooms in the town centre:

KET - Key English Test

KET is a first step for students wishing to progress towards the Preliminary English Test (PET). Although it is at a basic level, it helps you to find out your strengths and weaknesses. This level enables people to gain basic English skills, understand short notices and simple spoken directions, communicate in familiar situations.

PET - Preliminary English Test

If you can deal with everyday written and spoken communications (e.g. read simple textbooks and articles, write simple personal letters, make notes during a meeting), then this is the exam for you. At this level, learners should be able to cope linguistically in a range of practical every day situations including work and study.

FCE - First Certificate in English

Choose FCE if your knowledge of English is adequate for many practical everyday purposes, including business and study. FCE is ideal if you want to work or study abroad or to develop a career which requires language skills (e.g. business, medicine, engineering). FCE indicates sufficient proficiency in English to be of practical use in clerical, secretarial and managerial jobs in many industries, in particular tourism, where contact with English speakers is required. Successful candidates have the ability to deal with routine letters and telephone enquiries, and to cope with some non-academic training courses and simple textbooks and articles.

CAE - Certificate in Advanced English

Choose CAE if you are reaching a standard of English that is adequate for most purposes, including social and professional situations, and in higher education. Studying for CAE helps you to improve your language skills and use them in a wide range of contexts. The exams are based on realistic tasks, and indicate the ability to use the language in practical situations. If you are successful, you'll be able to participate in meetings and discussions, expressing opinions clearly, and be able to understand and produce texts of various types, including business letters and reports. You'll also be more than capable of following university courses taught in English.

CPE - Certificate of Proficiency in English

If you are able to function effectively in almost any English-speaking context and are approaching a standard of English similar to that of an educated native speaker, this is the exam for you. Proficiency is the highest level examination which shows progress beyond a good knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and an ability to use the language in real contexts. Ideal for those seeking to work or study abroad, or to develop a career which requires language skills.

Business English

There are three BEC exams:

  • BEC Preliminary (Intermediate)
  • BEC Vantage (First Certificate)
  • BEC Higher (Advanced/Proficiency)

More than ever, a good knowledge of English is needed to succeed in international business and commerce. If you can show you have the relevant language skills you'll have a great advantage in the job market and a much greater flexibility if you want to work abroad.

IELTS

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking - for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication. The test scores candidates in a range from 1 (non-user) to 9 (expert user). Scores of 6.5 and above are usually accepted by academic institutions worldwide as demonstrating an appropriate level of English language proficiency.

We prepare students for the IELTS examination, and students can take the exam at Reading University, Oxford and London. There are more centres, but these are the closest to Reading.