Updated: Feb 2, 2018
You may wonder what the difference is between the Cambridge (e.g. FCE, CAE, PET, etc.) and the IELTS courses, and which one is best for you.
Here are some quick points to explain the difference:
In fact both are developed by the University of Cambridge developed exams, although IELTS was developed jointly with the British Council and IDP.
The IELTS exam awards a grade according to your level, whereas Cambridge courses have exams at each level and awards a certificate if you pass.
The IELTS grade is only valid for two years whereas the Cambridge exams have no expiry date.
IELTS is used as for immigration purposes and for entrance to higher education. Mainsuite exams are widely used for employment overseas and also for college and university entrance.
The IELTS exam consists of 4 papers; listening, speaking, reading and writing. For immigration the reading and writing has a general English focus. For higher education students take an academic focused reading and writing exam.
Cambridge exams have 5 papers; listening, speaking, reading, writing and use of English. (PET only has four papers as Listening, speaking and reading/writing.
At The Language House, we run IELTS continually in 4 week blocks. Students may join at any week. You must pass a pre-test to enter the course, and you must be at a minimum 6 IELTS or equivalent level. Exams are held every month in all the major cities, and there are several testing centres in Liverpool.
We also offer Cambridge FCE and CAE Examination Preparation Courses. The exams are run every 4 weeks, and are held simultaneously around the world. Entry is also by pre-test.
Which exam is best for you? If you want to enter a PGCD in England, then IELTS is the best option. If you wish to enter an undergraduate course at university, you can consider both IELTS or CAE.
If you would like to know which level is suitable for your level, check out the table below. It compares General English levels (Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Elementary, etc.) to the equivalent IELTS and Cambridge levels :)
If you have any questions about these exams or the courses that we offer, please contact us!