Cambridge ESOL Certificate Courses

Cambridge Key English Tests (KET)
Preliminary English Tests (PET)
First Certificate in English (FCE)
Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)

 

The German School Shanghai offers tuition for the aforementioned external University of Cambridge - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tests in the current school year.
The German School Shanghai has been an official Cambridge ESOL Examination Centre since 2008. It is staffed with highly-experienced course administrators, invigilators and Cambridge ESOL-trained Oral Examiners.

All our Cambridge courses run over 2 semesters during the AG periods, ending with external examinations held at the Eurocampus in May and June. Registered candidates are awarded certificates by University of Cambridge upon successful completion of these exams. Course registrations involve token non-refundable course fees which cover prescribed course books, audio materials, administrative charges and external examination board fees. Tuition is subsidised by the German School.

Cambridge English qualifications are taken by over 3.25 million people every year in 130 countries and are recognised by more than 12,000 government departments, universities and employers around the world. Cambridge certificates are widely accepted as proof of English language proficiency for university entry especially in the UK and other English-speaking countries.

The latest release from the Cambridge ESOL presses confirm that Cambridge English qualifications satisfy the new English language requirements for all categories of visa for immigration to the UK and Australia, including visas for study under the Tier 4 regulations.

If you are interested in any of these courses, please look out for the invitation to register which will be held in conjunction with the AG sign-ups in August of the new school year. For further clarification, please do not hesitate to approach Mrs. Annette Schweitzer personally, or e-mail her at annette.schweitzer@ds-shanghai.de.

 

Course

Fees payable

Key English Test (KET)

RMB 1,300

Preliminary English Test (PET)

RMB 1,400

First Certificate in English (FCE)

RMB 1,500

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

RMB 1,700


Tuition is fully subsidised by the German School.

The Main Suite Examinations


KET, PET and FCE form the Main Suite Examinations of the University of Cambridge ESOL Tests and the Eurocampus is proud to be offering the full range of these certificate courses. Detailed information on these courses can be found on the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations website under this address: http://www.cambridgeesol.org.

Cambridge English - Key English Tests (KET)

The KET course is open to Years 5 and 6 students. As the first in the Cambridge ESOL Main Suite Examinations in the secondary school, they are a natural continuation of the Cambridge YLE courses offered in the primary school and a great entry point for students interested in pursuing a career in advanced ESOL qualifications. There are no entry requirements for the course and the programme maps onto A2 – Threshold Level of the language descriptors of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Exam preparations include thematic study, grammar and vocabulary instruction, inquiry-based learning, project work, literature studies and IT-based interactive activities. Our students are taught to express simple opinions and needs confidently, effectively and fluently. We usually register our candidates for the new KET for Schools exams. This version is especially designed to meet the interests and experiences of school-aged learners. Year 5 and Year 6 students also have the option of doing any of the YLE courses.

Cambridge English - Preliminary English Tests (PET)

The PET course is open to Years 7 and 8 students. They are an extension of the KET course. Like the other Cambridge courses, there are no entry requirements for PET. The programme is more challenging than KET; and consolidates and expands on English language proficiency described in B1 – Threshold Level of the language descriptors of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students are instructed in the specific skills that enable them to transit smoothly to the next level of the CEFR. Exam preparations include thematic study, grammar and vocabulary instruction, inquiry-based learning, project work, literature studies and IT-based interactive activities. Our students are taught to use English in a broader range of situations including those that deal with factual and unfamiliar matters. Similar to the KET course, we usually register our candidates for the new PET for Schools exams. This version is especially designed to meet the interests and experiences of school-aged learners. Year 7 and Year 8 students also have the option of doing the KET course.

Cambridge First Certificate English Tests (FCE)


The FCE course for Years 9 and 10 is a solid foundation programme for a seamless transition to the general suite exams - Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), both high quality exams set at the right level for academic and professional success. The FCE qualification shows that the learner is ready for intermediate study such as foundation and pathway courses, or for starting to work in an English-speaking environment. The FCE is a lifelong certificate. The language requirements of the FCE course correspond to B2 – Vantage Level of the language descriptors of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). FCE students may look forward to a rigorous preparatory course that exposes them to an extensive range of language skills, which encourage independent thought. The training challenges learning via discussions and debates, research and investigation work, project presentations, literature and media studies. Through FCE, students explore thematic and linguistic material used for academic and business purposes. They communicate confidently in familiar study environments, speak and use English in real-life situations, and develop their English language skills towards higher level qualifications.

Cambridge English - Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)


Thousands of universities, employers and governments around the world officially recognise CAE as the suitable entry level of English for demanding academic and professional settings. This course is open to Year 11 students who have ambitions for undergraduate or graduate level study, or to work at managerial level and in international business. The test gives an in-depth assessment of a learner’s ability and fluency at C1 level of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CAE is an unparalleled qualification to prove that a learner has mastered English. Our CAE students may look forward to a challenging preparatory course that combines tutorials and inquiry-based learning, to empower them to follow any undergraduate academic course, participate with confidence in academic tutorials and seminars, carry out complex research and communicate effectively at tertiary level.

Note on University Applications:

If you are planning to use your CAE results to support your university application(s), please be aware that many universities have their own stipulations regarding the age of their applicants’ CAE results. While the ‘University of Cambridge Language Assessments’ maintains that the CAE certificate is a life long qualification with no expiry date, many universities may only be willing to consider CAE results that are no more than 2 years old. Therefore you must check the websites of the universities you are interested in very carefully to ascertain if such a stipulation applies to any of your applications; and then consider the following two scenarios:

(1) In order to meet the university’s results validity requirements, students who are planning to fit in a gap year before starting their degree programmes should be sitting their CAE exams in Year 12 rather than in Year 11. If you fall into this category or think you may fall into this category, you should sign up for the mandatory CAE course in Year 11 and consider the option of sitting the CAE exams in Year 12.

(2) Students who intend to commence their undergraduate studies immediately after Year 12 must sign up for the CAE course and sit the exams at the end of Year 11. If you sit your exams in Year 12, it is unlikely that you will get your CAE results in time to apply for admission to universities in the following academic year.

You must also note that the school will only register students who have attended the weekly scheduled CAE lessons and fulfilled all the requirements of the course, including regularity and coursework, for the CAE exams. This regulation applies to all candidates, whether they intend to sit the exams at the end of Year 11 or Year 12. There are several points pertaining to this policy you should take note of:

(1) If you attended the CAE course in Year 11 and wish to sit or re-sit your exams in Year 12, your attendance at the weekly lessons in Year 12 is voluntary and at your discretion. If you are a new CAE student in Year 12, you must complete the registration process, attend the mandatory weekly CAE lessons, fulfill all the course requirements and sit the exams that year.

(2) If you are a returning CAE student sitting the exams in Year 12 for the first time, you pay your course fees only once (in Year 11).

(3) If you are sitting your CAE exams for the second time (in Year 12), you pay only the exam registration fees (usually about 50% of the total course fees).

Should you need further clarification on any of the above issues, please get in touch with Mrs. Schweitzer.