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|
|C2 Proficiency (CPE)|
|Test date||Booking Deadline|
|5th December 2021||3rd November|
How does a Cambridge exam compare to an IELTS score: Click here
Cambridge Exam Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I apply for a Cambridge exam?
How much does it cost to take a Cambridge exam at LSI Portsmouth?
· The 2021 price for B2 First (FCE) is £165.
· The 2021 price for C1 Advanced (CAE) is £170.
· The 2021 price for C2 Proficiency (CPE) is £175.
How can I pay for a Cambridge exam?
You will not be able to pay for the exam until we have received your completed application form. Once we have received your application, we will send you details on how to make a secure online payment via Flywire.
What is the deadline to apply for the exam?
Please see the table of exam dates and deadlines above
Can I apply for a Cambridge exam at your centre if I am under 18 years of age?
If you are under 18, please contact us via email. We will send you a Consent Form which needs to be completed in full by your parent or legal guardian and returned to us.
Unfortunately, we do not accept applicants who are under 16 years of age
What should I do if I require special arrangements?
If you require special arrangements, please fill in the required section of the application form. Before we can fully process your application, a report as evidence of a disability will be required. Please note that the deadline for submitting your application form may be earlier as we will need time to make appropriate arrangements.
What are the opening times of the Exams Centre?
Between 9:00am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday except public holidays.
How can I get to LSI Portsmouth?
We strongly recommend that if you are travelling by train that you alight at Portsmouth and Southsea train station as it is only a 5-10 minute walk from our centre.
o Portsmouth and Southsea Station (PMS) – 0.3m from LSI Portsmouth
o Fratton Train Station (FRT) – 0.9m from LSI Portsmouth
o Portsmouth Harbour Station (PMH) – 1.0m from LSI Portsmouth
Bus numbers 1, 2, 3, X4, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 19, 19A, 20, 21, 23, 700, and the Hoverbus also stop at the station. Bus numbers 7, 19 and 700 also stop on Winston Churchill Avenue and Cambridge Road, which are just a few metres from LSI Portsmouth
If you are driving to our test centre, the easiest way to get directions from wherever you are coming from is to enter our postcode PO1 2AH into google maps.
There is plenty of pay & display parking near to the school. Please don’t forget to put money in the meter and then the ticket in your car!
- By train:
I would like to prepare for my Cambridge exam at LSI Portsmouth. What are my options?
LSI Portsmouth offer both face-to-face and online options for Cambridge exam preparation. Our full-time Cambridge exam preparation courses are designed to help you improve the language skills required to get the best possible grade in your exam
What if I need to send my passport to the Home Office or other institution before the exam date?
We strongly advise that you do not book an exam if you know that you may have to send your passport away. You may not be allowed to sit the exam if you cannot present the ID which you applied with.
What can I do if my passport is at the Home Office?
You may not be allowed to sit the exam if you cannot present the ID which you applied with. If you apply for a cancellation before the registration closing deadline, you may be offered a refund.
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
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
When will I get my results?
Your results will be released online approximately four to six weeks after your exam date.
Your certificate will be sent to the Exams Centre about three weeks after the results are available online. The Exams Centre will then send these to the candidates.
What can I do if I am not happy with my results?
Please use this link to find more information about the Cambridge enquiries about results processes.
I should have received my certificate by now as it’s been over two months since my exam. What should I do?
Your certificate has been sent to the address which you supplied on the test day. Please contact the us for more assistance.