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If you are successful in the exam you will receive two documents: a Statement of Results and a certificate. Universities, employers and other organisations you apply to may ask you for either of these documents as proof of your English language skills.

This page contains information about how to interpret your exam result and how your result can be verified by third parties who may wish to check the validity of your Cambridge English result.

 

Checking your results

By registering for the Results Online website you will be able to view your results as soon as they become available.

 

The Cambridge English Scale

Cambridge Assessment English will start uses a way of reporting results for our exams that will provide you with more detailed information about exam performance – the Cambridge English Scale.

The Cambridge English Scale is a range of scores used for reporting the results of Cambridge English exams. It is built on the existing results reporting and years of research, and is designed to complement the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The Cambridge English Scale allows for more straightforward results reporting across the exams and better meets the needs of our exam users, including candidates, teachers, universities and immigration departments.

Setting your requirements

Setting your English language requirements is simple using the Cambridge English Scale.

It is important to consider both the level of English needed for your courses and which exam is most suited to your needs. This will depend on the level of study and the subject(s) being studied.

Each of the Cambridge English exams is targeted at a different level of the CEFR, which means they assess a candidate on a wide range of skills and knowledge at that level. The context of questions is also appropriate to the level being assessed, with higher levels having a greater academic focus.

As a guide, the following exams are recommended for the different levels of study:

Foundation/pre-sessional
Cambridge English: First
– Targeted at CEFR Level B2
– Reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 122 and 190

Undergraduate & postgraduate
Cambridge English: Advanced
– Targeted at CEFR Level C1
– Reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210

Postgraduate
Cambridge English: Proficiency
– Targeted at CEFR Level C2
– Reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 162 and 230

The Cambridge English Scale makes it easy to:

  • specify the overall score you need
  • specify minimum scores for the individual skills.

You can use the table to the right to ensure that the Cambridge English Scale score you ask for is at the same level as your CEFR requirements.

Statement of results

Your Statement of Results (SoR) contains four pieces of information:

  • Your score on the Cambridge English Scale for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English
  • Your score on the Cambridge English Scale for the overall exam
  • Your grade. The grade you are awarded depends on the score you achieve.
  • Your CEFR level for the overall exam. Depending on which university, college or organisation you are applying to, you may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill.

Example of how results are reported for Cambridge English: First

 

 

 

Verifying your Results

The Statement of Results can be securely verified by recognising organisations at through the Results Verification Service portal.