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Cambridge’s advanced English exam in India

Cambridge ESOL introduces in India its Certificate in Advanced English. This is accepted by the UK Border Agency and more than 2500 institutions

education Updated: Feb 23, 2011 09:46 IST
Horizons Correspondent

The University of Cambridge’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department has introduced in India its Certificate in Advanced English or CAE, accepted by the UK Border Agency and more than 2500 institutions.
Cambridge ESOL offers a suite of exams at different levels, CAE being at C1, required to pursue university-level academic courses.

Also called Cambridge English: Advanced, the exam has been designed to evaluate a candidate’s communication skills needed to carry out complex academic and professional tasks in English.

“The CAE demonstrates a candidate’s ability to function at a very advanced level,” said Angela Ffrench, assistant director, assessment and operations group, Cambridge ESOL, who was in Delhi to talk about the exam.

In addition to being recognised as an indicator of a student’s English language proficiency for certain visa and academic purposes, the CAE has the advantage of getting him/her tariffs points in his/her universities and colleges admission service application for full-time undergraduate programmes in Britain.

“This is the only English exam that gets UCAS points,” said Ffrench.

Started in 1981, the CAE was one of 11 Cambridge qualifications that the UKBA approved for Tier-4 student visa applicants about four months ago, said Ffrench. UKBA approved a total of 13 English language qualifications. It’ll be beneficial also for those applying under Tier-2 of the UK's point-based visa system, she added. Tier-2 covers sponsored skilled workers with a job offer. The fee for CAE is R3500 whereas the IELTS test costs R7200.
There are 40 centres for Cambridge ESOL tests in India.