Exam guidance

Many students are interested in taking an English language test to acquire a formal certificate that is recognized by colleges, universities, and employers all around the world. Students who are studying for four weeks or more and have an Intermediate (CEFR B1) level of English or above can take a preparation course.

We will provide you with thorough information about applicable tests and advise you on the best preparation for your needs. We’ll assist you in registering for one of the Cambridge exams or the IELTS exam.

Key facts

Many countries recognize the Cambridge exams, which test all areas of competence: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In Oxford, you may take the examinations in March, June, and December.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is used to assess your capacity to follow a course of study in an English-speaking institution of higher education and is accepted all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and North America. It assesses your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in academic settings

There is also an internationally recognized framework, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which describes language ability in terms of levels ranging from A1 for novices to C2 for experts.

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
General EnglishGeneral and Academic EnglishGeneral English (US)
Certificate of Proficiency in English
International English Language Testing System
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Effective Operational Proficiency
Certificate in Advanced English
First Certificate in English
Preliminary English Test
Key English Test

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is an American test that is recognized by institutions in the United States. If you wish, you can take the TOEFL internet-based exam (iBT) in Oxford or London. The exam is held almost every month of the year.

How many hours do I have to study to take an exam?

Students frequently inquire about the number of study hours required to reach a particular examination level. It’s difficult to give a precise response because it depends on a variety of factors, including

  • the student’s language learning background
  • How frequently does the student have lessons?
  • the student’s interests and motives
  • The amount of study/practice done outside of class hours.