CAMBRIDGE English certificates

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FAQ Cambridge Certificates

We can answer any questions personally (contact), but hopefully you can find the answers to some of your questions here:

How do I know which test is right for me?

On the GLS website you will find a table with the language levels and their associated Cambridge certificates. You can also use this quick test from the University of Cambridge. Please keep in mind that these tests do not capture oral skills, so your real level might better or worse than the test result.

What percentage do I need to pass?

To pass you need the following scores out of 100:

  • minimum 60 in FCE, CAE und CPE
  • minimum 65 in ILEC, ICFE, BEC

There are always at 3 grades: A, B, C. The note B is good, C satisfactory, and A very good. If you get an A, you are certified for the next level above you. For example, if you pass the CAE with an A, you will be receive the higher level CPE certification.

How long does it take until I get my certificate?

With paper-based test between 6 and 8 weeks, and with the computer-based test just 4 weeks.

When do Cambridge exams take place?

The written tests are held on fixed dates at the same time all over the world. The oral examinations of each test take place 1 to 3 days before or after the written test. Approximately 3 weeks before the examination you will receive an invitation with the exact times and dates.

How much do the tests cost?

Depending on the test between 100 and 220 euros.

When do I have to pay the examination fee?

After registration you will receive an invoice. This is payable before the registration deadline. Only after the payment to GLS will you be registered in Cambridge. Please note that the University of Cambridge does not consider your application for an examination binding a receipt.

Can examinations also take place at our school or company?

With a size of 50 or more applicants from your instiution, GLS can administer the test on external premises with a surcharge.

Can I still register after the registration deadline for an exam?

After the registration deadline there is the possibility of late entry with a late registration fee of 45 Euro.

[Translate to English:] Kann ich an der Prüfung teilnehmen, wenn ich taub/blind bin oder stottere?

[Translate to English:] Ja. Bitte geben Sie die Ihre special needs bitte schon bei der Anmeldung an, damit wir uns rechtzeitig um entsprechende Unterlagen kümmern können.

What if I want/need to withdraw from registration?

It is not possible to postpone a test. If you must cancel a registration, please do so in writing to GLS and as early as possible in order to possibly benefit from a refund. Below is the withdrawal scheme from Cambridge ESOL:  

  •  By the registration deadline the examination fee is refunded, minus an administrative fee of 30.00.
      
  •  Withdrawl from the examination after the registration deadline for personal reasons is not refundable.
       
  •  If you withdraw from the examination in case of illness, 50% of the fee will be refunded upon presentation of a medical certificate within two weeks after the test date. No refund for late cancellations.
       
  •  A resignation for compelling professional reasons must be substantiated in writing in the English language by the employer and is recognized by Cambridge ESOL only in exceptional cases. Participation of the candidate at another examination is generally not recognized as a reason for cancellation.

I am not available on the exam date. Is there an alternative date?

No, the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations defines the written examination dates. These are the same worldwide.

How do I prepare for the exam?

GLS offers special preparation courses for almost every Cambridge Certificate and it is highly advisable to familiarize yourself with the test format.


If you register for a course and are ready to prepare alone, you can use any of the free resources available which Cambridge English provides for free download. On the same site you will also find recommendations for the purchase of books and / or CDs.

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