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Cambridge certificate benefits

It sounds surprising, but today most parents are not aware of what International Language Certificates are and don't know their types. They don't know how to get them in our country and what educational prospects they guarantee.

The most popular and widespread international exam in English is, of course, Cambridge ESOL. Check this article to learn about how and why students need to get the international Cambridge certificate.

Cambridge exams

The test system, called Cambridge ESOL (an abbreviation for English for speakers of other languages), is run by the famous University of Cambridge, by its commercial unit in particular, which was established exactly for certification at the international level.

Testing is designed to assess the English level of non-native speakers (both children and adults). Moreover, the system provides 5 levels, some of which have even more precise division, namely:

  • Young Learners - exam for children of three age categories (Starters, Movers, Flyers - 7, 8-11 and 9-12 years old respectively);
  • General English - a set of tests for general knowledge of the language (levels KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE - from primary level to fluency);
  • Exams for Schools - tests for students;
  • Professional English - business and legal professional English;
  • Academic English - academic language.

NB. You don't need to go through all the “steps”: those who want to get an assessment of their knowledge are free to choose any level to pass.

Cambridge certificates benefits

Cambridge ESOL - international exams, based on the European level scale and are held in 135 countries. To receive such a certificate means to receive an assessment of language proficiency by an authoritative commission.

There is a number of reasons for participating in testing, namely:

  • reliable and authoritative confirmation of the current level of English proficiency;
  • excellent experience in accustoming to the actual examination atmosphere;
  • a positive role in admission, including Russian universities (for example, since 2013, the results of international exams are taken into account at St. Petersburg State University).

It is necessary to prepare for such an exam very carefully. You won't succeed to pass it without appropriate preparation, even if the student is studying in a specialized school with a linguistic bias or a personal tutor. The specifics of Cambridge ESOL are three blocks requiring the ability to perceive speech by ear, comprehend what is heard, and to express your thoughts in writing.

A unique opportunity for those who want their child to speak English as fluently as a native language is to choose CIS International school for studying. CIS which makes it possible to get a Cambridge diploma without leaving the country and interrupting the Russian curriculum.

CIS International school exams

CIS International School is a non-governmental academic organization, a member of the European Council of International Schools, accredited by CAIE and licensed in the Russian Federation.

The secondary education system used in CIS involves passing the exams of the following types:

  • intermediate tests at the end of each class;
  • final test at the end of a high school course;
  • IGCSE exams (based on the results of a two-year academic program of grades 10-11).

English is part of the core subjects. The use of Cambridge international educational programs in training allows graduates of the CIS International School to continue professional studying in the most prestigious educational institutions in the world.


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