Cambridge exam: course summary
The Cambridge Main Suite exams are amongst the longest running and most respected English language tests in the world. Unlike TIE and IELTS the Cambridge exams are level specific with a tailored test for every level from A1 to C2. Cambridge Exam certificates have no expiry date and are accepted by many universities, businesses and government departments (please note that for UK Citizenship applications only IELTS for UKVI is accepted).
Erin School books all Cambridge exams with University College Dublin.
A2 Key (Formerly KET)
Please note that the A2 Key exam is not on the ILEP list of accepted exams for the Irish Student Visa. It can still be taken by non-visa students.
A2 Key is designed for learners who have an A2/Elementary level of English and can communicate in simple situations.
The exam has three tests: listening, speaking and reading/writing and lasts around 2 hours.
B1 Preliminary (Formerly PET)
B1 Preliminary is designed for learners with a B1/Intermediate level of English who have developed the skills to communicate in most everyday situations.
The exam has three tests: listening, speaking and reading/writing and lasts around 2 hours 20 minutes.
B2 First (Formerly FCE)
B2 First is designed for learners with a B2/Upper Intermediate level of English who can communicate effectively enough to live and work independently in an English-speaking country.
The exam has four tests: listening, speaking, writing and reading/use of English and lasts around 3 ½ hours.
C1 Advanced (Formerly CAE)
C1 Advanced is designed for learners with a C1/Advanced level of English who are skilled users of English in work, life and study. It is accepted by many universities, businesses and government regulations around the world as a high-level English Language qualification.
The exam has four tests: listening, speaking, writing and reading/use of English and lasts around 4 hours.
C2 Proficiency (CPE)
C2 Proficiency is the highest Cambridge English qualification and is designed for C2 level students who have attained the level of fluency of a skilled native speaker. It is accepted by many universities and businesses around the world as proof that the student has the level of English required to communicate at a very high level in the academic or professional worlds e.g. undertake a PhD in English.
The exam has four tests: listening, speaking, writing, and reading/use of English and lasts around 4 hours.
For more information on the Cambridge Main Suite Tests please see the Cambridge Exam page
Erin School is an approved Cambridge Mainsuite Practice Test Centre.
|Days||Thursday and Friday|
|Hours||9:00 – 12:45 or 12:45 – 16:00|
|Level||Students are required to sit an entry to ensure appropriate level for course.|
|Course materials||Materials are not included. Students are expected to purchase the book|
|Fee||€30 or €25 per class / €55 or €45 per 2 classes|