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WHAT ARE CAMBRIDGE EXAMS?
Cambridge English Exams are the most acknowledged qualilfications for students of the English language in the world. They cover all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing, and they assess candidates´ ability to use different grammatical forms and functions in authentic life situations. We distinguish five difficulty levels (for children and young learners aged 7 – 14 years).

Club Junior offers:
  • targeted intensive preparation in EXAMS program
  • gradual preparation in programs PROGRESS and COMPACT
  • mock exams – YLE (Startes, Movers, Flyers), KET and PET for SCHOOLS

CAMBRIDGE EXAMS FOR CHILDREN(Cambridge Young Learners English Tests)
YLE Exams is a set of motivating language tests in English focused on elementary school children (at the age of about 7-12 years) and provide them with an easy way to improve their English. The exams test all four language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking. The main aim of these exams is to motivate children to study. For example, the tests do not contain any evaluation “passed/failed”. Every pupil is assessed using percentage scale for his/her effort. YLE exams are available in three levels: Starters, Movers and Flyers.

A0_STARTERS
Basic level of exams for children from the age of 7 who have attended approx. 100 hours of study. Parts of the test: reading and writing (20 minutes), listening (approx. 20 minutes), speaking (5 minutes).

A1_MOVERS
Second level of exams is suitable for children at the age 8 – 11 who have attended about 175 hours of language study. Parts of the test: reading and writing (30 minutes), listening (approx. 25 minutes), speaking (7 minutes).

A2_FLYERS
Third and the most difficult test was developed for children aged 9 – 12 years. It is comparable with exam level Cambridge Key English Test (KET) and it is the first step to the main set of internationally acknowledged Cambridge exams for children and adults. Parts of the test: reading and writing (40 minutes), listening (approx. 20 minutes), speaking (9 minutes).

KET, PET and FCE for Schools have recently been created for students aged 11 – 14 years. These exams have the same structure, the same kind of tasks and purpose (gaining a certificate) as other classic exams KET and PET. The difference and advantage lies in topics prepared with particular focus on interests and experience of school children. Along with topic selection familiar to children and their life and environment, students will appreciate the fact that they will communicate with a candidate of similar age during the exam.

A2_KET for SCHOOLS
First step for pupils aged 11 – 14 years who want to proceed to higher levels. KET is for beginners who want to gain basic knowledge of English. The exam consists of reading and writing (1 hour and 30 minutes), listening (approx. 40 minutes), speaking (10 – 12 minutes).

B1_PET for SCHOOLS
Tests communicative skills of young learners aged 11 – 14 years in each of four langugae skills on the level of two thirds of knowledge necessary for FCE exam. A pupil on this level should be able to put up with many everyday situations in which English is neccessary in contact with native speakers and foreigners. The exam includes: reading and writing (1 hour and 30 minutes), listening (approx. 40 minutes), speaking (10 – 12 minutes).

B2_FCE for SCHOOLS FCE
FCE is the most required from all Cambridge ESOL exams. It is “upper-intermediate” level and all language skills need to be acquired. FCE is widely acknowledged. It has five parts, each of them carries 20% of total assessment. It is required at some universities and other institutions. The exam includes: reading (1 hour), writing (1 hour and 20 minutes), using English (45 minutes), listening (approx. 40 minutes), speaking (14 minutes).

For more info see Common European Framework of Reference for Languages