TIMETABLE

The Cambridge English Exams will test your language skills in four different components:
reading (including Use of English in B2, C1 and C2), listening, writing, speaking.
Each level has different time limits for each part of the exam.

ExamReadingWritingListeningSpeaking*TOTAL TIME
C2 Proficiency (CPE)90 minutes90 minutes40 minutes16 minutes4 hrs.
C1 Advanced (CAE)90 minutes90 minutes40 minutes14 minutes4 hrs.
B2 First (FCE)75 minutes80 minutes40 minutes14 minutes3,5 hrs.
B1 Preliminary (PET)45 minutes45 minutes30 minutes12 minutes2,5 hrs.
A2 Key (KET)60 minutes30 minutes8 – 10 minutes2 hrs.
C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher)60 minutes70 minutes40 minutes16 minutes3 hrs.
B2 Business Vantage (BEC Vantage)60 minutes45 minutes40 minutes14 minutes2,75 hrs.
B1 Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary)90 minutes40 minutes12 minutes2,5 hrs.

* Please note that the speaking exam is either scheduled at the very beginning of your exam day or at the end. Due to the number of candidates, it could be planned in the early mornings or late in the afternoon.

C2 Proficiency (CPE)
This is our highest level qualification and it shows the world that you have mastered English to an exceptional, near-native level.
This exam consists of four papers. First of all, your speaking skills will be tested. Afterwards, you will work through the reading paper, followed by the writing paper. The last paper is the listening paper. The total length of this exam is 4 hours.

Part 1 – 16 min – speaking
Part 2 – 90 min – reading
Part 3 – 90 min – writing
Part 4 – 40 min – listening

 

C1 Advanced (CAE)
This is proof of high-level achievement in English and the ideal qualification to prepare you for university or professional life.
For this exam, there are four papers. First of all, your speaking skills will be tested. Afterwards, you will work through the reading paper, followed by the writing paper. The last paper is the listening paper. The total length of this exam is approx. 4 hours.

Part 1  – 14 min – speaking
Part 2 – 90 min – reading
Part 3 – 90 min- writing
Part 4 – 40 min – listening

 

B2 First (FCE)
A B2 qualification shows you have the language skills needed to communicate confidently in an English-speaking environment.
For this exam, there are four papers. First of all, your speaking skills will be tested. Afterwards, you will work through the reading paper, followed by the writing paper. The last paper is the listening paper. The total length of this exam is approx. 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Part 1 – 14 min – speaking
Part 2 – 75 min – reading
Part 3 – 80 min – writing
Part 4  – 40 min – listening

 

B1 Preliminary (PET)
A B1 Preliminary qualification shows that you have mastered the basics of English and now have practical language skills for everyday use.
For this exam, there are four papers. First of all, your speaking skills will be tested. Afterwards, you will work through the reading paper, followed by the writing paper. The last paper is the listening paper. The total length of this exam is approx. 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Part 1 – 12 min – speaking
Part 2 – 45 min – reading
Part 3 – 45 min – writing
Part 4 – 30 min – listening

 

A2 Key (KET)
An A2 Key qualification is proof of your ability to use English to communicate in simple situations.
For this exam, there are three papers. First of all, your speaking skills will be tested. Afterwards, you start with the written exam, including one paper for testing reading and writing skills, and one paper for testing your listening skills. The total length of this exam is approx. 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Part 1 – 8-10 min – speaking
Part 2 – 60 min – reading and writing
Part 3 – 30 min – listening

C1 Business Higher
With a C1 Business Higher qualification, you show employers that you have achieved an advanced level of Business English. The total length of this exam is approx. 3 hours.

Part 1 – 14 min – speaking
Part 2 – 60 min – reading
Part 3 – 45 min – writing
Part 4  – 40 min – listening

 

B2 Business Vantage
With a B2 Business Vantage qualification, you show employers that you are ready to work successfully in international business. This exam could help you when applying for new jobs, getting a promotion, or developing your career. The total length of this exam is approx. 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Part 1 – 14 min – speaking
Part 2 – 60 min – reading
Part 3 – 45 min – writing
Part 4  – 40 min – listening

 

B1 Business Preliminary
With a B1 Business Preliminary qualification, you show employers that you have a good knowledge of English for practical, everyday use in business. The total length of this exam is approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Part 1 – 12 min – speaking
Part 2 – 90 min – reading and writing
Part 3 – 40 min – listening