Many students are focussed on passing official examinations in English, whether for work, university entry or personal satisfaction. There are many levels of examinations but those most frequently taken are 'Lower', 'Advanced' & 'Proficiency'.
These exams equate to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels B2, C1 & C2 - a system devised to standardise all European language levels in a common framework.
The most well known of these examining bodies are the following:
* University of Cambridge
* University of Michigan
* City & Guilds
* UCLAN ESB
Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
This certificate shows that a student is becoming skilled in English and can use it at an upper-intermediate level for work or study purposes. (B2)
Cambridge English Advanced Certificate (CAE)
This certificate is the leading English exam for professional and academic success. (C1)
Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency (CPE)
This is the most advanced Cambridge ESOL exam, intended for learners who have achieved an extremely high level of skill in the English language and is frequently required for those wishing to enter a university in a university in an English speaking country. (C2)
The Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English
This certificate is an official certification of knowledge of the English language at B2 level. It is awarded by the University of Michigan, one of the leading U.S. Universities in the field of linguistic research.
The Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English
This certificate gives an official certification of knowledge of the English language at the C2 level. It is awarded by the University of Michigan, one of the leading U.S. Universities in the field of linguistic research and is accepted by many universities as an entry requirement for foreign students.