The same exam- The same Cambridge certificate
Now there are two ways to offer Cambridge exams: Paper-based and computer based.
The computer-based tests follow the same test format as the paper-based versions. The speaking part of the Computer-based test is conducted in exactly the same way as with the paper-based version - through face-to-face assessment.
Cambridge ESOL’s Computer based testing has a wealth of benefits:
Even better customer service
•more dates so that the needs of candidates can be met
•candidates can register for the exam as little as a week before taking it allowing candidates to enter the exam when they feel ready
•many students are more comfortable completing a test with a keyboard and mouse rather than paper and pen
•faster access to results, with scores available online just three weeks after the test
•attractive, user-friendly interface
•test takers can edit their answers on screen during the exam
•the use of headphones for the listening tests ensures excellent sound quality
and enables candidates to adjust the volume to suit their needs
•online timer and help functions allow candidates to do their very best
•simple set up and operation
•practice tests available
•the computer-based test is another choice in how candidates take Cambridge exams — it does not replace the paper and pen test.
Other than the method of completing them, the exams are exactly the same and they both lead to the same internationally recognised Cambridge ESOL certificate. Extensive research and trials have been carried out to make sure this is the case.
•the security of computer-based exams is protected by state of-the-art encryption and an on screen lock-down facility
Cambridge ESOL organised two training sessions on this new format. The training sessions were received with great enthusiasm from centres and colleagues from Eastern Europe and Cyprus.
Training sessions of this sort take place on a global scale and ensure that authorised examination centres are familiar with all the necessary procedures in running those tests and know how to use the software.
First available CB testing session in Greece for the FCE: November 27, 2009.
Cambridge ESOL Exams are recognised worldwide by 9.500 organisations.