Cambridge English Language Assessment, or simply Cambridge English, is part of the prestigious University of Cambridge and is concerned with the teaching, learning and assessment of the English language worldwide.
Cambridge English was established in 1913, when their first English exam was launched. That exam was called Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), which still exists today. This very first exam lasted 12 hours and all the candidates failed, unsurprisingly.
Since 1913, Cambridge English has evolved very much, making some of the greatest contributions to the world of English as a foreign language, and developing a range of teaching and learning resources, qualifications and certifications. Among their most famous English certifications existing nowadays, we must highlight the following:
- Key (previously Key English Test – KET)
- Preliminary (previously Preliminary English Test – PET)
- First (previously First Certificate in English – FCE)
- Advanced (previously Certificate in Advanced English – CAE)
- Proficiency (previously Certificate of Proficiency in English – CPE)
- Business English Certificates (BEC)
At present, Cambridge English examines over 4 million candidates a year across 130 countries, which is, to say the least, quite impressive.