Preparation for Cambridge English exams

In 2011 P.A.R.K. School of English became an authorised centre for organising Cambridge English exams. Candidates can now take the full range of Cambridge English exams at our language school.

Visit our exam centre website: www.zkouskypark.cz

Not only can you prepare for an exam on a preparation course, but you can also take the exam itself at our school..

Candidates from other language schools are also welcome to sit an exam at P.A.R.K.

Cambridge English exams rank among the world’s most widely-recognised qualifications for students of English. The exams cover all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing and assess a candidate’s ability to use various grammatical structures and functions in real-life situations.

Since it was founded, P.A.R.K. School of English has specialised in preparation for Cambridge English exams. We place emphasis on these prestigious courses and students are offered the opportunity to take individual parts of an exam in specially-designed seminars and the whole exam as a mock exam (all this is included in the course price!). Since 1992, we have prepared more than 1,500 students for Cambridge exams and are proud of our high success rate..

Preparation courses for Cambridge English exams

  • Preparation for the YLE exams is included in courses for kids.
  • Preparation for the KET and PET exams is done within General English courses for PRE-INTERMEDIATE (KET) and INTERMEDIATE (PET) students.
  • Preparation for the FCE, CAE and CPE exams in courses 1x3 lessons or 2x2 lessons per week (1 lesson = 45 minutes).
  • Special short-term 10-week preparation courses for the FCE and CAE exams held in December, March and June.
  • Preparation for BEC exams is part of Business English courses.

Detailed information on exams

General English

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KET (Key English Test)

KET is designed for stronger beginners who would like to acquire a basic knowledge of English. The exam can be taken after about 180-200 lessons.

Content of the exam: 1. Reading & Writing (1 hour 10 minutes), 2. Listening (approximately 30 minutes), 3. Speaking (8 - 10 minutes for pairs)

PET (Preliminary English Test)

The PET exam is an Intermediate-level exam that tests communicative ability in all four language skills, and accounts for about two thirds of the knowledge and skills necessary to pass an FCE exam. Candidates at this level should demonstrate the ability to communicate using English in everyday situations both in their country and abroad, speaking either to native and non-native English speakers. It takes students about 380 lessons to reach this level.

Content of the exam: 1. Reading & Writing (1 hour 30 minutes), 2. Listening (approximately 40 minutes), 3. Speaking (10 - 12 minutes for pairs)

FCE (First Certificate in English)

FCE is the most widely-taken exam of all exams provided by Cambridge English. It is an Upper-intermediate qualification used to demonstrate that a candidate can use everyday written and spoken English for work and study purposes. FCE is widely-recognised in business and in a wide range of industries, e.g. banking, airlines, retail, etc., as well as in universities and other higher education institutions. The exam can be taken after about 500 - 600 lessons.

Content of the exam: 1. Reading and Use of English (1 hour 15 minutes), 2. Writing (1 hour 20 minutes), 3. Listening (40 minutes), 4. Speaking (approximately 14 minutes)

CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)

CAE is a C1 level exam and is designed to demonstrate that a candidate has achieved a high level of English which can be used for academic and professional purposes. CAE is recognised and accepted by most British universities as a proof of an applicant’s ability to study in English.

Content of the exam: 1. Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes), 2. Writing (1 hour 30 minutes), 3. Listening (40 minutes), 4. Speaking (approximately 15 minutes)

CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)

CPE is the most advanced qualification offered by Cambridge English and it shows that a candidate has mastered English to an exceptional level. It is accepted for admission purposes by universities and tertiary education institutions in many countries, including almost all universities in the United Kingdom. CPE is also recognised for recruitment purposes by a wide range of companies all over the world.

Content of the exam: 1. Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes), 2. Writing (1 hour 30 minutes), 3. Listening (approximately 40 minutes), 4. Speaking (16 minutes).

Business English

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Business English Certificates (BEC) exams are qualifications for professionals who want to work in an international business environment. They are designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of English for business, service and administration purposes.

BEC Preliminary

BEC Preliminary is an Intermediate level exam corresponding to the PET exam in general English.

Content of the exam: 1. Reading and Writing (1 hour 30 minutes) , 2. Listening (approximately 40 minutes), 3. Speaking (approximately 12 minutes for pairs).

BEC Vantage

This is an upper-intermediate level exam for candidates who are already working or are planning to work in the business sector in posts ranging from sales reps, admin staff, production to jobs in the finance industry. It corresponds to the FCE exam level.

Content of the exam: 1.Reading (1 hour), 2. Writing (45 minutes), 3. Listening (approximately 40 minutes), 4. Speaking (approximately 14 minutes for pairs)

BEC Higher

BEC Higher is an advanced-level Business English exam corresponding to CAE. The exam is for at students who want to improve their employment and career prospects and achieve their ambitions in international business. Successful candidates must demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of lexis and ability to produce complex structures.

Content of the exam: 1. Reading (1 hour), 2. Writing (1 hour 10 minutes), 3. Listening (approximately 40 minutes), 4. Speaking (approximately 14 minutes for pairs)

Exams for children

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YLE

Cambridge Young Learners English Tests are intended for children aged 7 - 12 years old. They are designed with a view to encouraging positive learning experiences (they do not have any assessment "pass / fail"). Each candidate will be awarded for their effort, which will motivate them to study further.

Starters

YLE Starters is the first of three tests and is intended for 7-year-olds up who have already had about 100 lessons. The test introduces them to everyday written and spoken English in a fun and motivating way.

Format: Reading and Writing (20 minutes), Listening (approximately 20 minutes), Speaking (5 minutes).

Movers

YLE Movers is the second of the three tests and is for 8 – 11-year-olds who have had about 175 English lessons. It helps children build on their language skills and make further progress in English.

Format: Reading and Writing (30 minutes), Listening (approximately 25 minutes) 3. Speaking (7 minutes).

Flyers

YLE Flyers is the third level of the three tests. It is a great way to show that children can deal with everyday written and spoken English at a basic level.

Format: Reading and Writing (40 minutes), Listening (approximately 20 minutes), Speaking (9 minutes).

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