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Find out whether your child’s school is already one of more than 52,000 Cambridge English exams preparation centres around the world.


Cambridge English exams for children

The exams are designed and developed to motivate children from a young age right through their teenage years and beyond. They cover all four language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking. They bring learning to life, covering topics that your child is familiar with and developing the skills needed to:

  • improve in English
  • understand books, television, films, songs, the internet and other media in English
  • make friends around the world
  • travel the world
  • study at university or college, either at home or in another country
  • get a job and use English at work, either in your country or abroad.

Taking and passing exams at the right level – from beginner to advanced – helps build your child’s confidence. Your child will become more proficient and more fluent with each step.

Parents and children

Helping your child to learn English is made a lot easier with the support we provide. The team at Cambridge English conducts in depth research work to understand how children learn vocabulary, understand and learn to use grammar and gain confidence in speaking and writing English. You will find a range of free resources on this page to help support your child as they learn English.

Tips and advice

Cambridge assessment English has practical tips and advice to help you confidently support your child’s learning. The articles are full of ideas on how to encourage your child to communicate in English, including some great activities you can do together and as a family.

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Activities for children

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Which exam is right for your child?

Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE)
(CEFR Levels pre-A1, A1, A2)
Three fun, activity-based tests designed to motivate your child and show how your child is learning.
Find out more about Cambridge English: Young Learners
Pre A1 Starters    A1 Movers    A2 Flyers

Cambridge English: Key for Schools (KET)
(CEFR Level A2)
Shows your child can use everyday English at a basic level.
Find out more about Cambridge English: Key for Schools

Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) for Schools
(CEFR Level B1)
Shows your child can use everyday English at an intermediate level.
Find out more about Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools

Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools
(CEFR Level B2)
Shows your child can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level for work or study purposes.
Find out more about Cambridge English: First for Schools

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
(CEFR Level C1)
The internationally recognised standard to study and work in English-speaking countries.
Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
(CEFR Level C2)
The highest level exam which shows a person has exceptional English.
Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

All the exams are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the international standard to describe language ability. This makes it easy to see the progress your child is making in English, and for employers and educational institutions to recognise your child’s ability when they leave school.

A certificate from Cambridge English will help your child stand out from the crowd and access the best study, work and life opportunities.

See the video How to understand the CEFR

How to understand the CEFR

See the Cambridge English video about the CEFR.


National Schools Project
Cambridge English exams in private, grant assisted and state schools

The Cambridge English nationwide initiative to promote Cambridge English exams within the school sector continues to have a widespread positive impact on the students’ level of English. The main aim of the project is to facilitate and reinforce the learning and teaching of English within the Spanish schools system through Cambridge English exams.

Under the National Schools Project agreement students can take the following Cambridge English exams in their own school at a lower price: Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers, A2 Flyers, B1 Preliminary, A2 Key, B2 First and C1 Advanced.