Cambridge Assessment English


Inverness College UHI offers the following levels of Cambridge Assessment English Exams:

A2 Key - Formerly known as Cambridge English: Key (KET). This is a basic level qualification and is a great exam to take if you're new to learning English.

B1 Preliminary - Formerly known as Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET). This is the English language exam that shows you have mastered the basics.

B2 First - Formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE). This qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English.

C1 Advanced - Formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). It is the in-depth, high-level qualification that shows you have the language skills that employers and universities are looking for.

C2 Proficiency - Formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). This is the highest-level qualification – proof that you are a highly competent speaker of English.

Each level of exam has an associated speaking test, the speaking tests are held on a separate day to the written tests.

Exam Dates:
The Cambridge Assessment English Exams are held in June each year. The 2019 session is now complete and registration for the 2020 exams will be open in February 2020.


Cambridge Assessment English 
If you would like to take an exam before June 2020, visit the Cambridge Assessment English website to find an Exam Centre that offers exams throughout the year.

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Registering for an Exam

Registering for an Exam

Registering for an exam
The Cambridge Assessment English Exam Session registration for June is now closed.

Visit the Cambridge Assessment English website to find an Exam Centre that offers exams throughout the year.


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Exam Components

Exam Components

Cambridge Assessment English – Written Exams
The written exams comprise of 2-3 components depending on the level of exam you take.

The A2 Key and B1 Preliminary exams consist of:

Reading & Writing and Listening

An example of the timings for the B1 Preliminary:

Exam - B1 Preliminary Duration
Paper 1: Reading & Writing (1hour 30mins)  
Paper 2: Listening   (approx. 35mins)

The B2 First, C1 Advanced & C2 Proficiency consist of:

Reading & Use of English, Writing and Listening

An example of the timings for the B2 First:

Exam - B2 First Duration  
Paper 1: Reading & Use of English   (1hour 15mins)  
Paper 2: Writing   (1hr 20mins)
Paper 3: Listening   (approx. 40mins)

Listening tests will be played through a smart board or CD player. The exam invigilator will do a sound check and you will have the opportunity to advise the invigilator if there are any problems with volume before the exam starts.


Speaking Tests
You will be allocated a slot for your speaking test, this information will be emailed to you in May along with your confirmation of entry.

You will be asked to arrive 1 hour before your appointed slot to complete any test day administrative tasks.

You will complete a Test Day Consent Form (mandatory for B2 First, C1 Advanced & C2 Proficiency exams), this is for your test day photograph. Candidates will not be able to complete the exam without having their photo taken.

Candidates under the age of 18 will have to have parental consent for the photographs.

You will have your identification checked at various points of the session so you must keep your Identification with you at all times.

15 Minutes before your allocated test time you will be escorted to a separate waiting room, along the way you will put your bags and personal belongings into a secure room until you have completed your test. You may not take any personal belongings into the exam room with you.

When your exam is complete you will collect your bags and leave the speaking test area. You will not be able to go back to the registration area and must not make contact with any candidates who are waiting to take the test.

You will not be allowed to access your mobile phone in the waiting area or the registration area.

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Exam Day

Exam Day

Here at Inverness College UHI, we know how stressful exam times can be so have put together some useful information for you to read before you attend the centre for your exams:

  • Make sure you know which room your exam is taking place. Room numbers will be sent with your confirmation of entry in May.
  • If you are unsure of the layout of the Campus go to Reception and will they will direct you to your exam room.
  • For the written tests, remember to be in attendance at the exam room at least 15 minutes before the start of the first component.
  • Remember to take your Identification with you to all components of your exam including the speaking test. You will not be able to sit your exam without your ID.
  • You must pay close attention to the exam start times including the times to return to the exam room after the breaks as you will not be allowed to enter the exam room after the exam has started so don't be late!
  • On the speaking test day you will be required to stay from the registration time until your slot. You must not leave the waiting room until your slot has been completed.

General Information:

  • Candidates are not allowed to access their mobile phones or electronic items for the duration of the exam, including during the breaks between components. We request that you do not bring mobile phones or devices on the exam days. If you keep any electronic device on you during an exam (even without the intent of using it) you will be disqualified. This includes the speaking test, candidates will not be able to use their mobile phones after entry to the registration room.
  • Your confirmation of Entry form will be sent to you in May, information regarding access to your online results will also be included.
  • During the exam you will be able to have bring a bottle of water, this must be in a clear water bottle (no labels).
  • You can bring pens/pencils however they will be supplied by the college on the exam day.


  • The Lochan Cafe and Corrie Restaurant are open in the Campus from 8am - 4pm Monday to Friday and there is a small shop selling refreshments.