Before you choose a test to pass, you need to decide on their level of English, because each test and, accordingly, the certificate is designed for a certain level of knowledge and confirms a certain level of knowledge. It should be noted that various publications and textbooks, as well as educational institutions and similar organizations differently crushed scale of English, but one of the most common is the following: Beginner (0 knowledge, i.e. novice) - Elementary (elementary, basic knowledge about the grammar) - Pre-intermediate (the so-called "pre-average" level) Intermediate (secondary) - Upper-intermediate (the so-called "pre-advanced") Advanced (advanced). To accurately determine your level of knowledge, it is desirable to place a short, 20-minute tests online and pass full test in one of the educational institutions or courses in English. Of course, you can find the corresponding test on the Internet, but then to use only foreign sources.
After passing the test and determine your level of proficiency, you need to select the appropriate certificate. The most popular system of determining the language proficiency of Cambridge, which monitors the implementation and results of such certificates, such as YLE (certificate for children ages 7-12 years old), KET (Key English Test - the first step, basic English) PET (Preliminary English Test - intermediate level knowledge of language), FCE (First Certificate in English - this test covers several levels, but in order to pass (score at least 60%), you need to have at least lower-intermediate level), CAE (Certificate in Advanced English - advanced English) CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English - if you pass this test, then confirm that you know English at the level of the average educated Englishman).
After you match your level of proficiency and the or other certificate confirming this level is to move to training. Training must be based solely on didactic test materials and "test" materials of the relevant test. The more difficult the exam, the longer the preparation for it.
It is worth noting that people rarely spend time in exams such as KET or PET. These exams confirm the basic or intermediate knowledge of English and, therefore, rarely requested by employers or higher education institutions. Moreover, preparation for these exams, the student often notices that may try to take the exam the next step is FCE, which is actually a very popular and valuable.
There is also involved in the Cambridge IELTS (International English Language Testing System), which is issued regardless of whether you've received a certain number of points, as is done upon delivery of KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE. That is, the IELTS covers a scale from 0.0 (do not know) to 9.0 (speak English like native). This certificate confirms knowledge of British English and is highly regarded in international organizations, universities, when applying for a job and for immigration to Canada, UK, New Zealand and Australia).
Advice 2 : What are the exams for knowledge of English language
International English language exams designed to test proficiency in that language. Some exams, such as TOEFL, popular in America, while others are more known in Europe.
TOEFL, or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Test of English as a foreign language"), designed to test knowledge of academic English. Exam is very popular among colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, although some universities in Europe and Asia also require this certificate for admission. TOEFL is also recognized by many foreign companies, international organizations and government agencies. The exam lasts approximately three hours and includes the following sections: reading, writing, listening, and conversation practice. TOEFL certificate is valid for two years.
The acronym IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System (international system of testing English language"). Unlike the TOEFL, the IELTS exam, there are two modules in IELTS: academic and General. Academic module pass those who are planning to pursue higher education abroad. General module is suitable for those who want to use the language in everyday life, for work and for obtaining a residence permit in some English-speaking countries. In order to successfully pass IELTS, you must complete tasks which test all language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. In General, the exam lasts approximately three hours, with 2 hours and 45 minutes given to reading, writing tasks and listening exercises and 15 minutes on the test speech.
Another kind of international exams of English as a foreign language – Cambridge examinations, which include tests such as FCE or First Certificate in English (First Cambridge certificate), CAE or Certificate in Advanced English ("Cambridge certificate of advanced level), CPE or Certificate of Proficiency in English ("Cambridge certificate of maximum level of knowledge of the English language").
FCE is designed for those who speak English not lower than intermediate and may communicate freely in the language, watch movies and read literature in the original. Certificate CAE confirms an advanced level of knowledge of the English language and may be required for employment and for admission to some universities in English-speaking countries. CPE indicates that you speak English at native-level. This test requires serious preparation and knowledge of English to perfection.