Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why consider a Cambridge Examination?
Cambridge qualifications are highly regarded both by universities and employers as evidence of appropriate standards in English. Questions and tasks are based on meaningful language and real-life activities so the language studied is useful outside the classroom. All written papers are marked in the UK to ensure worldwide standardisation and reliability. For FCE and CAE, the four language skills are tested separately but averaged across the papers allowing strengths to balance weaknesses. All exams include a live paired interview with two examiners, all of whom are trained, standardised and experienced. There is an extensive range of publications, handbooks and exam preparation texts to support teachers and candidates. The TKT consists of 3 written tests, each with its own certification.
Over 500,000 candidates each year worldwide take Cambridge ESOL examinations and Cambridge ESOL certificates are recognised by over 12,000 organisations globally.
2. Who can take a Cambridge Exam?
Cambridge Examinations may be taken by people of any age, race or nationality, but are specifically designed for speakers of languages other than English. Candidates under 18 should seek advice from the Melbourne Cambridge Cambridge Exam Centre, as parental permission may be required.
3. Do I have to attend a course to be able to sit for a Cambridge Examination?
However it is a good idea to prepare thoroughly for the examinations and this may be best achieved by attending a preparation course. A list of schools in Australia offering accredited Cambridge preparation courses is available from the NEAS (National ELICOS Accreditation Scheme) website or from the English Australia website.
If preparing on your own, textbooks with practice tests and other materials are available from good language bookshops, in particular the Bookery at 259 Collins Street, Melbourne, and TESL Books at 82 Chapel Street, Windsor.
Advice and sample papers can be found on the Cambridge ESOL website.
4. Which examination should I take?
The best way to decide is to talk to a language teacher at a school about your level of English. You can try doing some practice tests to see how you go. Many colleges offer level checks to ascertain which exam is the right one for you. In General, students will need an Upper Intermediate level for FCE, and an Advanced level for CAE. Students looking to take the TKT should have at least a strong Intermediate level, and the stronger the level, the better. However, these levels are not a prerequisite for taking any exam.
5. Can I enrol for a language course at your centre?
Yes. Impact English College offers courses for both FCE and CAE, however, there are a number of other excellent colleges around Melbourne that also offer these courses. You do not have to take a course at Impact English College in order to take the examinations.
6. Can I enrol now and pay later?
Payment is required at the time of enrolment. We do not accept or process enrolments without proof of payment.
7. Can I enter for more than one exam at the same time?
Yes. However you must complete a separate entry form for each exam and pay a separate fee. You should also check that the exams are not being held on the same day, as if that is the case, you will not be able to undertake both exams and will not receive any refund should you then wish to withdraw from one. (see point 9).
8. Can I transfer my entry from one session to a later one or to a different level, or to a different city in Australia?
9. Can I withdraw or cancel my enrolment and receive a refund?
There are no refunds once enrolment is complete and a receipt issued, as your examination papers will be sent from Cambridge and back again even if you do not sit the examination. If you have an illness and a medical certificate to show this, you may be able to receive a partial refund (see Terms and Conditions). Refunds are at the discretion of the Centre Exams Manager.
10. Can I give my place to someone else?
No candidate may be substituted for another.
11. Will all the examinations offered run every session?
Should there not be enough candidates entered for an examination after the closing date for enrolments, that examination may not run. If this is the case, you will be offered a full refund.
12. If I do not pass can I sit the examination again at another time?
There is no limit to the number of times you can sit the same examination, and a fail in any examination will not be recorded on any future Statements of Results, but you must enrol and pay the exam fee each time.
13. How long do I have to wait for my results and certificate?
Approximately 4~6 weeks after the examinations online results are available to candidates.
Certificates are despatched 4~6 weeks after the results are published.
Melbourne Cambridge Exam Centre sends the certificates to the Preparation Centres for their candidates and the Preparation Centres then send the certificates to their students.
Melbourne Cambridge Exam Centre sends the certificates to nominated addresses for private candidates on payment of a fee for postage and handling.
14. What if I’m leaving Australia before I receive my certificate?
If you would like your certificate delivered to an overseas address, please make sure that you give your details to your teacher or school. If you are a private candidate, you will have been charged an additional fee to cover the cost of the secure delivery.
15. What do I do if I don’t receive my certificate?
Please note that only candidates who pass their examination will receive a certificate. (However, please refer to the notes regarding Extended Certification)
If you don’t receive your certificate within two months of receiving your results, please contact the school you were studying at, as they are responsible for sending them to you and should have done so by some means of a secure mail. For private candidates, please contact the Cambridge Examinations office.
16. What do I do if I lose my certificate?
If you lose your certificate after you have received it, please contact Cambridge in the UK direct. You must pay a fee to have it replaced. If it has been more than 12 months since you sat the examination, you may not receive a certificate. In this case, you can apply for a Certifying Statement of your grade.