The Cambridge English Scale

From January 2015, Cambridge English will start using a new way of reporting results for our exams that will provide you with more detailed information about exam performance – the Cambridge English Scale.

The Cambridge English Scale is a range of scores used for reporting the results of Cambridge English exams. It is built on our existing results reporting and years of research, and is designed to complement the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The Cambridge English Scale allows for more straightforward results reporting across our exams and better meets the needs of our exam users, including candidates, teachers, universities and immigration departments. 
Exam results will be reported on the Cambridge English Scale for sessions held after the following dates:
From January 2015 – Cambridge English: First, First for Schools, Advanced and Proficiency
From August 2015 – Cambridge English: Key, Key for Schools, Preliminary and Preliminary for Schools
From September 2015 – Cambridge English: Business Certificates


  • More detailed results – candidates receive a score for each skill (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) plus Use of English. They also get an overall score for the exam on the Cambridge English Scale.
  • Straightforward and consistent – results across our exams will report on the same scale. Scores on the Cambridge English Scale will replace the existing standardised scores and candidate profile.
  • Easy to compare performance – the alignment of our exams to the CEFR, to IELTS and to each other is clear. Results on the scale also give a greater insight into candidate progression from one exam to the next.

  • Download a factsheet about the Cambridge English Scale

    For more detailed information about Cambridge English Scale results for particular exams, please see the results pages for: 

    Source: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/cambridge-english-scale