Take the Cambridge English Exam at LSI/IH Portsmouth


Advance your skills and your career opportunities by choosing LSI/IH Portsmouth to support you through the Cambridge English Exams, no matter what level. Over the years, we have helped a diverse range of people from around the world to enhance their qualifications and strengthen their career path.

With decades of experience of teaching English as a foreign language, you can trust the team at LSI/IH Portsmouth to provide you with specialist training in the skills required to succeed in the Cambridge English Exams. Read on to find out exactly how we can help you.

What Are Cambridge Exams?

Cambridge English Qualifications are recognised by thousands of universities, employers and governments worldwide as proof of English language ability. 

With a Cambridge English qualification, this can open many doors, from being accepted into higher education to gaining new employment opportunities. At LSI/IH Portsmouth, these exams encourage people to develop practical skills for real-life situations in a rewarding and enjoyable learning environment. Each exam focuses on a level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), guiding learners to improve their key skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening) with a clear, continuous progression.

What Are the Three Different Types of Cambridge Exams?

At LSI/IH Portsmouth, we prepare students for the three main exams, which are B2 First, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency:

  • The B2 First (also known as Cambridge First Certificate or FCE) is a qualification which certifies your language ability. Generally, it demonstrates that you have the confidence and ability to communicate in English-speaking environments.
  • The C1 Advanced (also known as Cambridge English Advanced or CAE) is a high-level qualification which certifies your language skills.
  • The C2 Proficiency (also known as Cambridge English Proficiency or CPE) is the highest-level Cambridge qualification and it is proof that your language skills are of a highly-advanced standard.

Why LSI/IH Portsmouth?

LSI/IH Portsmouth was awarded its official Cambridge test centre status in 2020. However, LSI/IH Portsmouth has been an IELTS test centre for over 17 years and an OET test centre since 2019. Our test centre is fully-equipped and presents a comfortable, professional environment to help you learn and achieve your potential.

At LSI/IH Portsmouth, you can receive specialist Cambridge Exam training and take your test at the school. Our fully qualified teachers are on-hand to help you progress step-by-step, no matter what your level of expertise is. 

Cambridge English Exam Preparation Advice

Learning the English language is challenging, especially if it is not your first language. To maximise your chances of passing the Cambridge English Exam the first time around, we highly recommend partaking in our preparation course.

We are proud to say that LSI/IH Portsmouth was recently ranked the joint number 1 English language school in the UK. As an official, recognised Cambridge test centre, you can be promised that our preparation courses have seen extremely high pass rates.

Our preparation courses can provide you with:

  • Exam prep classes
  • Exam prep materials
  • Highly qualified and dedicated teachers
  • Flexible learning
  • Monitored progress
  • Convenient on-site test centre

To ensure you are fully prepared for your exam.

Cambridge Exam Test Dates 2022

B2 First (FCE)
Test Date Booking Deadline
11th March 2022 8th February 2022
7th June 2022 6th May 2022
25th August 2022 27th July 2022
29th Novemeber 2022 31st October 2022
C1 Advanced (CAE)
Test Date Booking Deadline
12th March 2022 9th February 2022
8th June 2022 9th May 2022
29th July 2022 28th June 2022
26th August 2022 27th July 2022
3rd December 2022 2nd November 2022
C2 Proficiency (CPE)
Test Date Booking Deadline
5th March 2022 2nd February 2022
9th June 2022 10th May 2022
1st December 2022 2nd November 2022


Useful Links

How does a Cambridge exam compare to an IELTS score? Click here

What institutions will accept a Cambridge qualification? Click here and here.


Cambridge Exam Frequently Asked Questions


Pre exam

Exam day

  • What happens on the Cambridge exam day?

  • What do I have to bring with me on the day of the exam?

    You must bring your photo ID (the same ID that you applied with). You can also take into the exam room:

    o Pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, pencil sharpeners
    o Small pencil cases
    o Water in a clear plastic bottle
    o Medicine
    o Tissues

    Any other items such as notes, correction tape/fluid and dictionaries are not allowed in the exam room but can be kept in your bag and accessed during the breaks in the exam.

    If you choose to bring electronic items such as mobile phones and smart watches, these will be kept securely until the end of the last written component.

  • How long does the exam take?

    The exam registration usually starts at 8:30 (please note that this time may vary depending on the number of candidates sitting the exam, please wait for further information to be sent before the exam day). The sub-tests are in the following order: Reading & Use of English, Writing, and Listening in the morning, with the Speaking taking place in the afternoon. The latest you will finish will be 6.00pm, depending on how many speaking exams are taking place that day.

  • Are there any breaks during the exam?

    Yes, there are short breaks (approximately 10 minutes) between each sub-test in the morning. During this time, you will have access to all your belongings except any electronic items.

  • What happens if I am absent on the day of the exam without giving prior notice?

    If you are unwell on the test day, please obtain a medical certificate from your doctor. We may be able to arrange a partial refund or a transfer to another test date.

  • What happens if I am late for the exam?

    If you are late for the exam, you may not be allowed to sit the exam. Whether or not you can is up to the LSI/IH Portsmouth’s discretion. We strongly advise that you plan ahead and leave yourself enough time on the exam day to arrive within the registration window

Post exam