Preparing for Cambridge English exams

If you’re interested in taking the Cambridge English exams, the experts at Progress English can provide you with all the guidance you need.

Fees and test dates

Our preparation classes

Based on your current level, you can opt for our evening Cambridge exam preparation courses: PET, FCE, CAE CPE or IELTS. Given below is a table that explains the language levels needed for each course. To find out more, you can visit If you have any questions, feel free to speak to a member of our team today.

IELTS and Cambridge equivalent qualifications

CEFR level

IELTS equivalent

Cambridge main suite exam level












Upper intermediate



FCE grade C/ FCE grade B/ FCE grade A







Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)

This is an intermediate B1 qualification which tests speaking, writing, reading and listening skills as well as grammar and vocabulary. Preparing for this exam can be an excellent step before doing the First Certificate.

Cambridge English: First (FCE)

The FCE course builds on the basics of English skills and language so that you feel more comfortable communicating and understanding in a greater variety of situations. Having this upper intermediate/B2 qualification can be important to employers in some countries.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

This lower advanced/C1 qualification has become increasingly important as it is now accepted by many academic institutions, governments and businesses around the world as proof of sufficiently high competence in English. CAE helps develop language skills and knowledge relating to more complex and precise language.

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

At C2 level, CPE is the most advanced qualification, dealing with purely authentic texts and the most complex, idiomatic expressions. Some candidates need to pass in order to get onto CELTA teaching training courses with the hope of becoming English teachers, while others simply do it for the love of the language or to get the ultimate satisfaction of passing the hardest exam.

Cambridge English: IELTS

The International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Language Assessment. The Academic module which we prepare students for is the most widely respected and used means of measuring English skills competence by universities or professional bodies in the UK.

“David motivated and helped me to prepare for both the CAE and CPE exams in a very short period of time. He is a teacher who really cares about his students. He helped me identify where and why I was struggling and how to get over it.”
– Alba Martin, Spain

“I have been in David’s CAE and CPE courses and I really enjoyed both courses. All lessons were really dynamic and his teaching is really motivating. David always provided us with extra material or little tests, so we had to make sure to revise before attending to our English lessons.”
– Montse Velasco Gomez

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