Of course, the first reason to prepare Cambridge English exams is that you will make good progress with your English.
You want to study or work abroad in an English-speaking country, but English isn’t your first language: what do you need to do? You normally need to take an English language exam, which are required by universities, immigration departments, professional bodies and employers.
But, aside from formal requirements, there are lots of other reasons why taking English language tests can be good for you.
1. Increase your motivation levels
Before a test, you tend to study harder than ever. Research has shown that this can lead to improved language ability.
Whether you love them or hate them, tests clearly motivate us to get learning. Research has found that students who are given regular tests study the longest and the most regularly. Students who have less frequent tests tend to study just before their test.
2. Learn the right kind of language skills
By taking a focused academic English language exam, you will learn the right kind of skills to succeed in your studies.
Academic English language exams use real-life language, tasks and topics. This means that, in addition to developing real-life English language communication skills, you develop a range of practical academic skills. For example, you will develop the skills to:
· Write essays with a good organizational structure and supporting conclusions
· Follow lectures and ask detailed questions
· Read quickly enough to cope with the demands of an academic course
· Read textbooks and grasp the main topics a nd ideas
· Give clear presentations.
· Cambridge English exams cover all skills. They really do help you to improve your English.
You will develop all your skills step by step: speaking, writing, reading and listening.
They also help you to build up your confidence to use English in real life.
Another important point is that you can take a Cambridge English exam at all levels.
You will follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) .
You can also take the Cambridge English exams in most countries around the world.
There are around 2,800 authorised exam centres in 130 countries.
And you can choose to do your preparation in more than 52,000 registered preparation centres.
3. Set goals and increase your motivation
When you get to a higher level of English – at least good Upper Intermediate (B2) - you have the English skills to communicate with most people, deal with most situations and do most things you need to do on a daily basis. The challenge you have is to push yourself further.
Preparing for Cambridge FCE, CAE or CPE will help you set goals and give you the motivation you need to take your English to the next level!
4. Stand out from the crowd
Today’s job market is very international but it's also very competitive. Many other international candidates have great English. but how many can prove it? A Cambridge exam allows you to get that advantage.
A Cambridge qualification on your CV not only shows that you have that level on English officially - it also shows an employer that you are willing to dedicate time to improving your English and your professional skills.