Adopting Cambridge English exams in your teaching, in your school, involves considerably more benefits than just enabling your students to obtain an international certificate. Integrating our exams in your school’s educational portfolio, as well as in your classes, has a great beneficial impact not only on your students, but on your institution and on your own work and professional development.

We have collated an overview of these benefits, in a number of windows opening below.

Benefits for your students

Students benefit from a Cambridge English exam preparation course and from getting a Cambridge English certificate in a number of ways (please click on each link to read more).


Benefits for you, teachers

Integrating Cambridge English exams in your teaching is equally beneficial for you as it is for your students. Click on the picture and you will be taken to the special teachers area on our central website, where you can convince yourselves of the broad range of teacher development opportunities that we offer.

You can read more about how our exams benefit learning, and in this way both learners and you, teachers, through their positive washback effect and boost in students’ motivation, in this short document.

Benefits for schools

But how can teachers persuade school authorities and school management about what Cambridge English exams can mean for the school as at institutional level? Adopting our exams, in the form of exam preparation courses, or more broadly integrated with the curriculum for the standard English classes, may be viewed as a strength of your school’s portfolio, which can be promoted to gain a competitive advantage on the educational market.

More specific benefits are associated with the label “Cambridge English Preparation Centre”, which your school obtains as soon as students have been registered for a Cambridge English exam.

For detailed information on Cambridge English Preparation Centre support, choose one of the following links:





































Benefits to teachers



Benefits to schools






Why adopt Cambridge English Exams?

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B2 First and C1 Advanced for international BA programmes (but C1 for Anglistik, for example), and for MA programmes; B1 Preliminary for apprenticeships and technical professions. Many students use Cambridge English certificates to study abroad, or undertake various overseas work & travel or volunteer programmes.


A2 Key and B1 Preliminary for applications towards upper secondary education or apprenticeships following NMS or PTS, while B2 First and C1 Advanced widely used for higher education applications. Cambridge English Business exams are used in BHS, preparing students for Matura and for professional life, due to their broad recognition by companies in Austria.

Cambridge English Qualifications have federal recognition for vocational training (apprenticeship in commerce, vocational baccalaureates). Students can use Cambridge English exams to exempt them from the required English exam exit purposes (B1 Business Preliminary for apprentices in commerce and B2 First for students taking the vocational for Baccalaureate). All pedagogical universities in Switzerland use our exams as a graduation requirement for students training to become primary and secondary school teachers (mostly C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency). Wide recognition for university MA programmes and for recruitment.



B1 Preliminary helps progress towards the 10th grade English exam (Zentralprüfung Englisch) in Realschulen or similar, while B2 First and C1 Advanced help students improve language skills towards Abitur Englisch. There is a great overlap not just in terms of task formats, but more importantly in terms of communicative competences tested by both official school exams in Germany and Cambridge English exams.


B1 Preliminary helps students to prepare for upper secondary school curricular requirements, also improving their performance in the English Bildungsstandardstests, while B2 First and C1 Advanced support students' progress in English towards their Matura. Cambridge English exams are highly compatible with Austrian school curricula and exams in English in terms of task formats but more importantly in terms of communicative competences tested.

A2 Key and B1 Preliminary support students in achieving the lower secondary school exit standard, which is set at CEFR A2 as a minimum level. Usually, lower secondary schools prepare their students for B1 Preliminary.

Apprentices and vocational baccalaureate students taking a Cambridge English Qualification are exempt from the final exam in English, which shows that the compatibility between our exams and the school curricula in this sector also enjoys official recognition. For apprentices in commerce, Cambridge English Qualifications Business (BEC) are most suitable, in particular B1 Business Preliminary or B2 Business Vantage, while most students preparing for the vocational baccalaureate take the B2 First exam.

Most upper secondary schools (Gymnasien / gymnases) offer preparation to various Cambridge English exams, from B2 First and C1 Advanced which correspond to the achievement standard set for the general baccalaureate, and even C2 Proficiency.

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