What are Cambridge Exams?


Cambridge English Qualifications are recognised by thousands of universities, employers and governments worldwide as proof of English language ability and can open doors to higher education and employment opportunities. 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?

  • 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.


Cambridge Exams at LSI Portsmouth


LSI Portsmouth was awared its official Cambridge test centre status in 2020. However, LSI 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.

At LSI Portsmouth you can receive specialist training in the exam skills required by following our Cambridge exam preparation course and then take the exam at school.

2021 Cambridge test dates at LSI Portsmouth

B2 First (FCE)
Test date Booking Deadline
26th August 2021 28th July 2021
11th December 2021 10th November
C1 Advanced (CAE)
Test date Booking Deadline
27th August 2021 28th July 2021
4th December 2021 3rd November 2021
C2 Proficiency (CPE)
Test date Booking Deadline
5th December 2021 3rd November 2o21

2022 Cambridge test dates at LSI Portsmouth

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 TBC
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 places 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 form 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 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