The Cambridge English Scale
From January 2015, Cambridge English started using a new way of reporting results for exams that provide exam users with more detailed information about exam performance – the Cambridge English Scale.
The Cambridge English Scale is a range of scores used for reporting the results of Cambridge English exams. It is built on Cambridge English existing results reporting and years of research, and is designed to complement the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The Cambridge English Scale allows for more straightforward results reporting across Cambridge English exams and better meets the needs of the exam users, including candidates, teachers, universities and immigration departments.
Exam results will be reported on the Cambridge English Scale for sessions held after the following dates:
- From January 2015 – Cambridge English: First, First for Schools, Advanced and Proficiency
- From February 2016 – Cambridge English: Key, Key for Schools, Preliminary, Preliminary for Schools
- More detailed results – candidates receive a score for each skill (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) plus Use of English. They also get an overall score for the exam on the Cambridge English Scale.
- Straightforward and consistent – results across Cambridge English exams will report on the same scale. Scores on the Cambridge English Scale will replace the existing standardised scores and candidate profile.
- Easy to compare performance – the alignment of Cambridge English exams to the CEFR and to each other is clear. Results on the scale also give a greater insight into candidate progression from one exam to the next.
- Factsheet about the Cambridge English Scale
- A guide to converting practice test scores to Cambridge English Scale scores
- Scale Score Converter