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The Cambridge English Scale explainedA guide to converting practice test scores to Cambridge English Scale scoresCommon EuropeanFramework ofReference (CEFR)CambridgeEnglishScaleA2 KeyB1 PreliminaryB2 FirstC1 AdvancedC2 ProficiencyB1 BusinessPreliminaryB2 BusinessVantageC1 BusinessHigher230Grade AProficient user220C2Grade B210Grade A200C1Grade CGrade AGrade B190Grade AGrade CGrade BLevel C1Grade AGrade C180Independent userGrade BB2170Grade A160B1Basic userGrade B150Grade A140A2130Grade CGrade CGrade BLevel B2DistinctionGrade CLevel B2MeritLevel B1Level B1PassGrade BGrade CLevel A2Level A2120A1110Level A1100BelowA19080IELTS is mapped to, but will not be reported on the Cambridge English ScaleMost CambridgeEnglish Qualifications are now reporting results on theCambridge English Scale.*For B2 First, B2 First for Schools, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency,candidates receive an individual score for each of the four skills –reading, writing, listening, speaking – and Use of English. In the liveexams, each of the skills and Use of English are equally weighted, anda candidate’s overall score is calculated by adding all of the individualscores together and dividing by five (and then rounding to the nearestwhole number).For B1 Preliminary, B1 Preliminary for Schools and B1 BusinessPreliminary, B2 Business Vantage and C1 Business Higher, candidatesreceive an individual score for the four skills – reading, writing, listeningand speaking. In the live exams, each skill is equally weighted, and acandidate’s overall score is calculated by adding all of the individualscores together and dividing by four (and then rounding to the nearestwhole number).For A2 Key and A2 Key for Schools, candidates receive an individualscore for each paper in the exam – Reading and Writing, Listening, andSpeaking. In the live exams, the Reading and Writing paper tests twoskills so the score is doubled. A candidate’s overall score is calculatedby adding all of the individual scores together and dividing by four (andthen rounding to the nearest whole number).A candidate’s grade and Common European Framework of Reference(CEFR) level are based on their performance across the wholequalification, and there is no requirement to achieve a minimum scorein each paper.The following tables can be used as guidance to help you convertpractice test scores to Cambridge English Scale scores.Please note that these only apply when using official CambridgeEnglish practice tests.The conversion tables are intended to help you provide anindication of your students’ readiness to take the relevantqualification. The scores you provide may not always reflect theresults the students may achieve in a Cambridge English live exam.They should not be used to try to predict precise scores in thelive exam, but can be a useful diagnostic tool, indicating areas ofrelative strength and weakness.The scores needed on any given exam to achieve the scores on theCambridge English Scale shown in the tables below will vary due toa number of factors, so scores close to CEFR boundaries need to bereviewed carefully. We recommend that this is approximately threeCambridge English Scale score points above and below the scoreneeded to achieve the level, e.g. 157–163 for Level B2. Students whoachieve only slightly higher than the Cambridge English Scale score fora given level on a practice test may not achieve that level in the liveexam, and we recommend that they continue working to improve sothat they reach the desired level.Copyright UCLES 2019 CER/4240/V2/AUG19

A2 Key and A2 Key for Schoolsfor exams from 2020ReadingThe Reading section consists of Parts 1–5 of the Reading and Writing paper. Correctanswers in Parts 1–5 are worth 1 mark each. There are 30 possible marks in theReading section.Practicetest scoreCambridge EnglishScale scoreCEFR level28140Level B120120Level A213100Level A1782*–Cambridge EnglishScale scoreCEFR level*minimum score reported for A2 KeyWritingThe Writing section consists of Parts 6 and 7 of the Reading and Writing paper.Candidates' answers in the Writing paper are marked by trained examiners who arecertificated to mark at the level. Parts 6 and 7 are marked using assessment scaleswhich are linked to the CEFR. 0–5 marks are given for each of the following criteria:Content; Organisation; and Language. There are a possible 15 marks for Part 6 and15 possible marks for Part 7. Whole marks only are awarded; there are no half marksgiven. Marks for each of the criteria are combined to give 15 possible marks for eachpart. In total, there are 30 possible marks in the Writing paper.ListeningCorrect answers in the Listening paper are worth 1 mark each. There are 25 possiblemarks in the Listening paper.Practicetest score26140Level B118120Level A212100Level A1882*–Cambridge EnglishScale scoreCEFR level*minimum score reported for A2 KeyPracticetest score23140Level B117120Level A211100Level A1682*–Cambridge EnglishScale scoreCEFR level*minimum score reported for A2 KeySpeakingCandidates take the test in pairs, but are assessed on their individual performanceby trained examiners certificated to examine at the level. Candidate speakingperformances are assessed using scales which are linked to the CEFR. The assessorgives 0–5 marks for each of the following criteria: Grammar and Vocabulary;Pronunciation; and Interactive Communication. Marks for each of these criteria aredoubled. The interlocutor gives a mark of 0–5 for Global Achievement. This mark isthen multiplied by three. Examiners may award half marks. Marks for all criteria arethen combined, meaning there are 45 marks available in the Speaking test.Practicetest score41140Level B127120Level A218100Level A11082*–*minimum score reported for A2 KeyCopyright UCLES 2019 CER/4240/V2/AUG19

B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schoolsfor exams from 2020ReadingThe Reading paper consists of six parts. Correct answers in Parts 1–6 are worth1 mark each. There are 32 possible marks in the Reading paper.Practicetest score2923135Cambridge EnglishScale scoreCEFR level160140120102*Level B2Level B1Level A2–*minimum score reported for B1 PreliminaryWritingThe Writing paper consists of two parts. Candidates' answers in the Writing paperare marked by trained examiners who are certificated to mark at the level usingassessment scales which are linked to the CEFR. 0–5 marks are given for each ofthe following criteria: Content; Communicative Achievement; Organisation; andLanguage. Whole marks only are awarded; there are no half marks given. Part 1 isworth 20 marks and Part 2 is worth 20 marks. There are 40 possible marks in theWriting paper.ListeningCorrect answers in the Listening paper are worth 1 mark each. There are 25 possiblemarks in the Listening paper.Practicetest score34241610Cambridge EnglishScale scoreCEFR level160140120102*Level B2Level B1Level A2–*minimum score reported for B1 PreliminaryPracticetest score2318115Cambridge EnglishScale scoreCEFR level160140120102*Level B2Level B1Level A2–*minimum score reported for B1 PreliminarySpeakingCandidates take the test in pairs, but are assessed on their individual performanceby trained examiners certificated to examine at the level. Candidate speakingperformances are assessed using scales which are linked to the CEFR. The assessorgives 0–5 marks for each of the following criteria: Grammar and Vocabulary;Discourse Management; Pronunciation; and Interactive Communication. Theinterlocutor gives a mark of 0–5 for Global Achievement and this mark is doubled.Examiners may award half marks. Marks for all criteria are then combined, meaningthere are 30 marks available in the Speaking test.Practicetest score2718127Cambridge EnglishScale scoreCEFR level160140120102*Level B2Level B1Level A2–*minimum score reported for B1 PreliminaryCopyright UCLES 2019 CER/4240/V2/AUG19

B2 First and B2 First for SchoolsReadingThe Reading section consists of Parts 1, 5, 6 and 7 of the Reading and Use ofEnglish paper. Correct answers in Parts 1 and 7 are worth 1 mark each. Correctanswers in Parts 5 and 6 are worth 2 marks each. There are 42 possible marks inthe Reading section.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score37241610180160140122*CEFR levelLevel C1Level B2Level B1–*minimum score reported for B2 FirstUse of EnglishThe Use of English section consists of Parts 2, 3 and 4 of the Reading and Use ofEnglish paper. Correct answers in Parts 2 and 3 are worth 1 mark each. In Part 4,answers which are partly correct receive 1 mark and answers which are completelycorrect receive 2 marks. There are 28 possible marks in the Use of English section.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score2418117180160140122*CEFR levelLevel C1Level B2Level B1–*minimum score reported for B2 FirstWritingCandidates’ answers in the Writing paper are marked by trained examiners whoare certificated to mark at the level. Answers are marked using assessment scaleswhich are linked to the CEFR. 0–5 marks are given for each of the following criteria:Content; Communicative Achievement; Organisation; and Language. Whole marksonly are awarded; there are no half marks given. Marks for each of the criteria arecombined to give 20 possible marks for each question. There are 40 possible marksfor the whole paper.ListeningCorrect answers in the Listening paper are worth 1 mark each. There are 30 possiblemarks in the Listening paper.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score34241610180160140122*CEFR levelLevel C1Level B2Level B1–*minimum score reported for B2 FirstPracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score2718018160121408122*CEFR levelLevel C1Level B2Level B1–*minimum score reported for B2 FirstSpeakingCandidates take the test in pairs, but are assessed on their individual performanceby trained examiners certificated to examine at the level. Candidate speakingperformances are assessed using scales which are linked to the CEFR. The assessorgives 0–5 marks for each of the following criteria: Grammar and Vocabulary;Discourse Management; Pronunciation; and Interactive Communication. Marksfor each of these criteria are doubled. The interlocutor gives a mark of 0–5 forGlobal Achievement. This mark is then multiplied by four. Examiners may awardhalf marks. Marks for all criteria are then combined, meaning there are 60 marksavailable in the Speaking test.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score54362414180160140122*CEFR levelLevel C1Level B2Level B1–*minimum score reported for B2 FirstCopyright UCLES 2019 CER/4240/V2/AUG19

C1 AdvancedReadingThe Reading section consists of Parts 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the Reading and Use ofEnglish paper. Correct answers in Parts 1 and 8 are worth 1 mark each. Correctanswers in Parts 5, 6 and 7 are worth 2 marks each. There are 50 possible marks inthe Reading section.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score43322317200180160142*CEFR levelC2C1B2–*minimum score reported for C1 AdvancedUse of EnglishThe Use of English section consists of Parts 2, 3 and 4 of the Reading and Use ofEnglish paper. Correct answers in Parts 2 and 3 are worth 1 mark each. In Part 4,answers which are partly correct receive 1 mark and answers which are completelycorrect receive 2 marks. There are 28 possible marks in the Use of English section.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score2316118200180160142*CEFR levelC2C1B2–*minimum score reported for C1 AdvancedWritingCandidates’ answers in the Writing paper are marked by trained examiners whoare certificated to mark at the level. Answers are marked using assessment scaleswhich are linked to the CEFR. 0–5 marks are given for each of the following criteria:Content; Communicative Achievement; Organisation; and Language. Whole marksonly are awarded; there are no half marks given. Marks for each of the criteria arecombined to give 20 possible marks for each question. There are 40 possible marksfor the whole paper.ListeningCorrect answers in the Listening paper are worth 1 mark each. There are 30 possiblemarks in the Listening paper.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score34241610200180160142*CEFR levelC2C1B2–*minimum score reported for C1 AdvancedPracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score26181311200180160142*CEFR levelC2C1B2–*minimum score reported for C1 AdvancedSpeakingCandidates take the test in pairs, but are assessed on their individual performanceby trained examiners certificated to examine at the level. Candidate speakingperformances are assessed using scales which are linked to the CEFR. The assessorgives 0–5 marks for each of the following criteria: Grammatical Resource; LexicalResource; Discourse Management; Pronunciation; and Interactive Communication.Marks for each of these criteria are doubled. The interlocutor gives a mark of 0–5 forGlobal Achievement. This mark is then multiplied by five. Examiners may award halfmarks. Marks for all criteria are then combined, meaning there are 75 marks availablein the Speaking test.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score66453017200180160142*CEFR levelC2C1B2–*minimum score reported for C1 AdvancedCopyright UCLES 2019 CER/4240/V2/AUG19

C2 ProficiencyReadingThe Reading section consists of Parts 1, 5, 6 and 7 of the Reading and Use of Englishpaper. Correct answers in Parts 1 and 7 are worth 1 mark each. Correct answers in Parts5 and 6 are worth 2 marks each. There are 44 possible marks in the Reading section.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score36282214220200180162*CEFR levelC2C2C1–*minimum score reported for C2 ProficiencyUse of EnglishThe Use of English section consists of Parts 2, 3 and 4 of the Reading and Use ofEnglish paper. Correct answers in Parts 2 and 3 are worth 1 mark each. In Part 4,answers which are partly correct receive 1 mark and answers which are completelycorrect receive 2 marks. There are 28 possible marks in the Use of English section.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score2217139220200180162*CEFR levelC2C2C1–*minimum score reported for C2 ProficiencyWritingCandidates’ answers in the Writing paper are marked by trained examiners whoare certificated to mark at the level. Answers are marked using assessment scaleswhich are linked to the CEFR. 0–5 marks are given for each of the following criteria:Content; Communicative Achievement; Organisation; and Language. Whole marksonly are awarded; there are no half marks given. Marks for each of the criteria arecombined to give 20 possible marks for each question. There are 40 possible marksfor the whole paper.ListeningCorrect answers in the Listening paper are worth 1 mark each. There are 30 possiblemarks in the Listening paper.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score34241610220200180162*CEFR levelC2C2C1–*minimum score reported for C2 ProficiencyPracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score24181410220200180162*CEFR levelC2C2C1–*minimum score reported for C2 ProficiencySpeakingCandidates take the test in pairs, but are assessed on their individual performanceby trained examiners certificated to examine at the level. Candidate speakingperformances are assessed using scales which are linked to the CEFR. The assessorgives 0–5 marks for each of the following criteria: Grammatical Resource; LexicalResource; Discourse Management; Pronunciation; and Interactive Communication.Marks for each of these criteria are doubled. The interlocutor gives a mark of 0–5for Global Achievement. This mark is then multiplied by five. Examiners may awardhalf marks. Marks for all criteria are then combined, meaning there are 75 marksavailable in the Speaking test.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score66453017220200180162*CEFR levelC2C2C1–*minimum score reported for C2 ProficiencyCopyright UCLES 2019 CER/4240/V2/AUG19

B1 Business PreliminaryReadingThe Reading section consists of Parts 1–7 of the Reading and Writing paper. Correctanswers in Parts 1–7 are worth 1 mark each. There are 45 possible marks in theReading section.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score3930189160140120102*CEFR levelLevel B2Level B1Level A2–*minimum score reported for B1 Business PreliminaryWritingThe Writing section consists of Parts 8–9 of the Reading and Writing paper.Candidates’ answers in the Writing paper are marked by trained examiners who arecertificated to mark at the level using assessment scales which are linked to theCEFR. Part 1 is worth 10 marks and Part 2 is worth 20 marks. There are 30 possiblemarks in the Writing section.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score2720138160140120102*CEFR levelLevel B2Level B1Level A2–*minimum score reported for B1 Business PreliminaryListeningCorrect answers in the Listening paper are worth 1 mark each. There are 30 possiblemarks in the Listening paper.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score2620126160140120102*CEFR levelLevel B2Level B1Level A2–*minimum score reported for B1 Business PreliminarySpeakingCandidates take the test in pairs, but are assessed on their individual performanceby trained examiners who are certificated to examine at the level. Candidatespeaking performances are assessed using scales which are linked to the CEFR.The assessor gives a mark of 0 5 for each of the following criteria: Grammarand Vocabulary; Discourse Management; Pronunciation; and InteractiveCommunication. The interlocutor gives a mark of 0 5 for Global Achievement. Thismark is then doubled. Examiners may award half marks. Marks for all criteria arethen combined, meaning there are 30 marks available in the Speaking test.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score2718127160140120102*CEFR levelLevel B2Level B1Level A2–*minimum score reported for B1 Business PreliminaryCopyright UCLES 2019 CER/4240/V2/AUG19

B2 Business VantageReadingThe Reading paper consists of five parts. Correct answers in Parts 1 5 are worth1 mark each. There are 45 possible marks in the Reading paper.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score38271910180160140122*CEFR levelLevel C1Level B2Level B1–*minimum score reported for B2 Business VantageWritingThe Writing paper consists of two parts. Candidates’ answers in the Writing paperare marked by trained examiners who are certificated to mark at the level usingassessment scales which are linked to the CEFR. Part 1 is worth 10 marks and Part 2is worth 20 marks. There are 30 possible marks in the Writing section.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score2618127180160140122*CEFR levelLevel C1Level B2Level B1–*minimum score reported for B2 Business VantageListeningCorrect answers in the Listening paper are worth 1 mark each. There are 30 possiblemarks in the Listening paper.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score2519138180160140122*CEFR levelLevel C1Level B2Level B1–*minimum score reported for B2 Business VantageSpeakingCandidates take the test in pairs, but are assessed on their individual performanceby trained examiners who are certificated to examine at the level. Candidatespeaking performances are assessed using scales which are linked to the CEFR.The assessor gives a mark of 0 5 for each of the following criteria: Grammarand Vocabulary; Discourse Management; Pronunciation; and InteractiveCommunication. The interlocutor gives a mark of 0 5 for Global Achievement andthis mark is doubled. Examiners may award half marks. Marks for all criteria arethen combined, meaning there are 30 marks available in the Speaking test.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score2718127180160140122*CEFR levelLevel C1Level B2Level B1–*minimum score reported for B2 Business VantageCopyright UCLES 2019 CER/4240/V2/AUG19

C1 Business HigherReadingThe Reading paper consists of six parts. Correct answers in Parts 1 6 are worth1 mark each. There are 52 possible marks in the Reading paper.PracticeCambridge Englishtest score Scale score42322314200180160142*CEFR levelLevel C2Level C1Level B2–*minimum score reported for C1 Business HigherWritingThe Writing paper consists of two parts. Candidates’ answers in the Writing paperare marked by trained examiners who are certificated to mark at th

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