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Questions & Answers
Before the exam
How do I register for a Cambridge English exam?
You can register through a language school, or individually by going to the Exam Dates.
When do I have to pay for the exam?
You have to pay before the registration deadline and attach proof of executed payment with your registration documents. These documents must be sent to the Centre as per Entry Conditions.
How many types of Cambridge English exams are there?
Cambridge English offers English language qualifications for learners at all levels and in all contexts (e.g. English for Young Learners, Business English, and General English) and a suite of internationally recognised English language teaching awards. For a full list of Cambridge English exams go to Cambridge English UK
Do I need to follow a course to take the exams?
No. Although most candidates do follow a course before taking the exam, it is not a requirement.
What materials can I use to study for my Cambridge English exam?
If you are looking for books and materials to help you prepare for Cambridge English exams, there is a huge range available. Click here for a list of publishers that offer materials related to the Cambridge English exams. For more details, please contact the publisher direct.
Can I take a Cambridge English exam if I have any specific physical or learning difficulty?
Yes, the Centre is happy to make provisions to help candidates with special needs. More information
Can I choose my partner for the Speaking Test?
Yes. However, the Centre cannot guarantee your choice of partner.
Can I choose any day for my Speaking Test?
No. The Centre specifies the day/date of the Speaking Test.
Can I change the date of my Speaking Test AFTER I have received my Exam Timetable?
Yes, only if the Centre considers the reason for change to be a valid one. You will be charged an administration fee of CHF 150.00 for the change.
When do I have to arrive at the examinations venue?
Please consult your Confirmation of Entry & Timetable for arrival times.
Can I use a dictionary or spell checker during the exam?
Can I eat, drink or smoke during the exam?
You must not smoke, eat or drink in the exam room, apart from water in a clear plastic bottle.
Can I take mobile phone to the examination?
No. If you have a mobile phone or any other electronic devices with you, you will be asked to hand it over to the Supervisor.
What happens if I want to withdraw my registration?
If you withdraw your registration before the registration deadline, you will receive a full refund.
What must I remember to take with me to the exam?
You must bring along with you your Confirmation of Entry and Timetable and an original, valid, current and not expired photo ID (i.e. passport, ID or residence permit).
What can I have on my desk?
You must only have a pencil, a pen, an eraser and if needed a highlighter. The Centre will provide the pencils/erasers and pens. You must bring your own highlighter.
If I fail one paper, do I fail the whole exam?
Not necessarily. It depends on the total score.
What if something happened during the exam which might influence my performance?
If you feel that you were affected by adverse circumstances immediately before or during your examination, the Centre can apply for you to be given special consideration. Please speak to the Supervisor in charge of your examination immediately. No request for Special Considerations can be made after the issue of results.
What happens if I unavoidably miss part of an exam?
If something which you can't prevent happens and it stops you from taking one or more part(s) of an exam, contact the Centre as soon as you can. If you miss the speaking test, it may be possible for you to take the test at another time. If you miss part of one component (this does not apply to Listening), it is possible to receive a grade. If you miss a whole component, you will not receive a grade. You can re-take the exam but you must sit the whole exam.
If I cannot take the exam, do I get my money back?
If you inform the Centre before the registration deadline, you can have a full refund.
If I was unable to take the exam, can I re-take it?
You may of course sit the exam as many times you wish. Go to exam dates to see when the next possible examination date is. You must register and pay the fee again unless you have chosen the re-take option. It is not possible to transfer fees from one session to another.
How long will my score be valid?
The simple answer is that once you have obtained a Cambridge English exam (apart from IELTS), this is valid for the rest of your life. However, people forget things, and language skills can become rusty. When employers or educational institutions make a decision on whether to rely on a certificate obtained some years previously, they will need to take into account a number of factors, most importantly whether the holder has kept up his or her use of the language. For information on which employers and educational institutions recognise Cambridge English exams click here.
If you have taken IELTS, your score will only be valid for two years. For more information on IELTS click here.
What happens if I lose my certificate?
It is the policy of Cambridge Assessment English not to issue duplicate certificates when the original has been lost. However, they will provide a Certifying Statement of Results for candidates in accordance with the conditions specified by Cambridge Assessment English. For more information click here.