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International Examinations at World English

 We offer the following examination preparation at our centre in Gorzˇw:

By far the most popular examinations are

UNIVERSITY of CAMBRIDGE EXAMS

BEC, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE

Every year more than half a million people in over 150 countries around the world take Cambridge Examinations.

Universities, employers and state educational institutions all over the world recognize them. Cambridge Certificate examinations span all levels of knowledge of English.

Cambridge examinations, like a school leaving diploma, if passed do not need to be repeated.

Business English Certificates

BEC has three levels of competence: BEC1 Preliminary, BEC2 Vantage and BEC3 Higher.

BEC1 is a lower intermediate examination of a similar level to the non-business PET exam. BEC2 and BEC3 are of FCE and CAE level respectively. All three of the examinations cover reading, writing, listening and speaking in work-related situations. All are recognised by the Polish Ministry of Education and approved by the Polish Civil Service as language qualifications required from civil servants in Poland. 

Cambridge University provide free downloadable sample papers of the BEC exams. Click here to visit the site.

Preliminary English Test

PET is an internationally recognised qualification at pre-intermediate level. Successful candidates are deemed to have the language skills to cope linguistically in predictable social and work situations. The examination covers Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. PET has two passing grades: merit and pass, and two failing grades narrow fail and fail. 

First Certificate in English

FCE is the most popular international English language examination in the world at intermediate/upper intermediate level. FCE exempts secondary school leavers from foreign language examinations at the elementary level (MATURA). FCE is accepted by the Polish Civil Service Office as an English language qualification required from Polish civil servants.It is also recognised by the Polish Ministry of Education as a language qualification for tour guides. Many teachers of English in Polish primary schools have FCE as their primary language qualification. FCE examines: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Use of English skills. For further information on preparing for the FCE exam, together with sample papers, click here.

Certificate in Advanced English

CAE exempts secondary school leavers from foreign language examinations at the advanced level (MATURA). It is recognised by the Polish Ministry of Education and Polish Civil Service as language qualifiaction for civil servants and tour guides. CAE is recognised by the Polish Ministry of Education as an English language qualifications for requalifying teachers of English. The examination consists of five components: Reading, Writing, English in Use, Listening and Speaking.

Certificate of Proficiency in English

CPE is the highest level University of Cambridge, English as a foreign language, examination. It is fully recognised by the Polish Ministry of Education and Polish Civil Service. In addition it is recognised by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a language qualification required from employees. Successful candidates will have a command of English at near-native speaker level. 

 

Further Details

Cambridge exams are administered in Poland by the British Council. The nearest examination centres are Szczecin and Pozna˝. 

Only on certain days throughout the year are these exams administered. These days fall in May/June and November/December for the BEC, FCE, CAE and CPE exams, and in May and November for the PET exam. The written part of the exam is taken on the same day all over the world.

 

Preparation

Any international language exam requires some level of preparation prior to sitting for it. Cambridge Exams are no exception! The exams consist of many different types of tasks and exercise which, to be able to tackle with confidence, need practise. Many of these tasks the candidate will never have encountered prior to the exam and without sufficient preparation, he or she risks becoming overwhelmed. This holds true even for those with a good command of the English Language.

 At World English we offer a range of Cambridge Exam preparation courses. These courses consist of two parts: developing your general language skills and training for the exercises to be found in the exam, and practising speaking and listening skills (with one of our native speaking teachers)

Apart from Cambridge exams we provide  preparation for the following lesser known international exams:

 

IELTS

Background

IELTS was launched in 1990 as a test designed to assess the English language abilities of people wishing to gain access to universities in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and as a language requirement for immigration to these countries.

Recognition

IELTS enjoys widespread recognition amongst the majority of higher education institutions in the above-mentioned countries and promotional activity is currently underway in the USA, in an effort to increase its recognition among American universities. In addition to university acceptance, IELTS is likewise accepted as an English Language qualification by a number of professional bodies worldwide, including the British Ministry of Defense, the UK General Medical Council, the Australian Medical Council, the Medical Council of Ireland, the Australian Department of Immigration and the New Zealand Immigration Service.

Level

IELTS, unlike an achievement exam, is based on language assessment. Therefore, it can be taken by anyone studying English or wishing to know his or her current performance level with regard to the speaking, reading, writing and comprehension of English. Exam results are expressed as 'bands' with a band of 9 (Expert User) being the highest score possible and 0 (Did not attempt the test. No assessable information. Acceptance of the IELTS as a criterion of admission (either to university, for immigration, etc.) is based upon the amount of English that is perceived as being necessary to the success of a given endeavour. In other words, the more difficult the subject(s) being studied at university, the higher will be the minimum 'band' necessary for admission. Most universities and colleges in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada accept overall band scores of 6.0 or 6.5 for entry to academic programmes of study.

Preparation for the exam

Our IELTS courses are ideal preparation for the examination. Our teachers have extensive knowledge of the IELTS exam and our courses are designed to help students prepare for it.

 

TOEFL

Background

The TOEFL exam was created by the Educational Testing Service to assist American and Canadian colleges and universities in the evaluation of the level of English language proficiency of international students they are considering for admission.

Recognition

The test was originally designed for North American usage. However, it is finding greater acceptance as a means of fulfilling English language requirements outside the North American continent. It must be noted however that a good TOEFL score does not guarantee either acceptance/admission into the candidate's university of choice or that the candidate is communicatively proficient. This is largely due to the fact that the Test of Spoken English (TSE) is usually optional on the part of the candidate; thus, there is little evidence of his or her ability to generate language in a spoken form.

Level

Unlike Cambridge Examinations which are pass/ fail exams, TOEFL - like its British equivalent IELTS - has been designed to assess the candidate's current level of English proficiency, allowing them to determine whether they have the level of ability in English to be able to cope in an academic setting such as a university. Like IELTS, TOEFL could in theory be taken simply to determine a learner's level of English. As such, were a candidate to have a low level of English proficiency, then they would be expected to achieve only a low score (around 300). If, on the other hand, they had a high level of proficiency in English, then they would achieve a much higher score (600+).

Therefore, TOEFL is not a measure of success in itself but rather the candidate's ability to be successful at a given endeavor, e.g.: entering one or another American University. Thus, as English Language entrance requirements may differ among various universities, so too should the candidate's ability to succeed within that particular setting.

 

Preparation for the exam

Our TOEFL courses are ideal preparation for the examination. Our teachers have extensive knowledge of the TOEFL exam and through targeted lessons assist our students in preparing for it.

 

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