What are the Cambridge exams?

Last week we said goodbye to our Cambridge exam students and this week they all worked hard taking their exams. As many of you know, EC Miami offers General English classes as well as Cambridge class and other types of classes. We talk about Cambridge students a lot, but do you know what the Cambridge exams are and why people take them? This blog post will give you some basic information about them. Many people from all over the world take preparation classes and then take the Cambridge exams. These exams are used by some universities and businesses to prove your level of English. There are many Cambridge exams, but we are going to focus on the three most common ones for English language learners. First, there is the FCE exam. This stands for the First Certificate in English and it equivalent to about an Upper-Intermediate level of English. Next, there is the CAE exam, which is the Certificate of Advanced English. So, it is obviously for Advanced Students. Lastly, the highest level of exam is the CPE exam or Certificate of Proficency in English. This test is the most difficult and is only for students who are almost completely fluent. Anyway can take these exams, but at EC Miami we suggest that you are at an Intermediate or Upper-Intermediate level before you try to do so. All of the tests involve many skills of English such as Reading, Writing, Grammar/Vocabulary, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Therefore, it is important that you are good in many skills, instead of just one. If you ever have questions about the Cambridge exams, please ask at the front desk or go to the EC website and click on Cambridge ESOL under classes. Our next exam classes will be in September and we would love to see you in one … Read more

It’s Testing Time!

Many of our students will be studying harder and not going out as late this week because they are preparing to take their Cambridge examinations on Friday and Saturday. The students who have been studying in the First Certificate in English and the Certificate of Proficiency in English courses will see just how much they have learned while at EC Miami. The Certificate of Advanced English students will be taking their test March 16-17. Almost all of these exam students have been at EC Miami since it first opened and we will be very sad to see them leave. Since they will be taking their exam on Friday, we will be holding a special certificate ceremony for the exam students in Reese and Michelle’s classes on Thursday. These students have worked especially hard since they have been here by taking practice tests, writing long essays, and reading multiple books during their time in Miami. All of their work has been helping them get ready for their exams, which consist of five sections: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening, and Speaking. This week, to make sure that students feel confident and not stressed before the exam, the classes have been doing some light-hearted work to practice last-minute vocabulary and speaking skills. Teachers don’t want to stress students out with new grammar points and intense practice tests, so this week has been fun for these students as they were able to learn in more “fun” ways. One class played “speed Scrabble” to test their knowledge of vocabulary (see picture), while another class video-recorded themselves doing the speaking section of the test. We hope the exam goes well for all of our exam students and we are confident that their English has improved immensely during their time in Miami. If you are not … Read more