Offering over 20 different exams for learners and teachers in more than 130 countries around the world, Cambridge English Language Assessment is one of the biggest names in English proficiency assessments. In fact, last year more than four million people sat for one of their exams. Thus, it will come as a surprise to many, Cambridge English announced a number of exams will be discontinued come December 2016.
The discontinued exams are as follows:
- Cambridge English: Legal (ILEC)
- Cambridge English: Financial (ICFE)
- Young Learner (YL) Extension to CELTA
The Cambridge English: Legal, made famous for the International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) it confers, is a high-level, student-centered qualification designed to demonstrate that candidates have the language skills necessary for a successful international law career.
Similarly, the Cambridge English: Financial is another high-level exam which confers the International Certificate in Financial English (ICFE) and, as the name suggests, enables candidates to demonstrate that they have the language necessary for English-language accountancy and finance.
As both of these exams were targeted at higher-ability students in specialized fields, Cambridge English recommends the Cambridge English: Advanced and Cambridge English: Business Higher as alternatives within their existing portfolio that will continue to demonstrate an advanced level of English in a professional context.
Teachers, meanwhile, will be affected by the discontinuation of the Young Learner (YL) Extension to CELTA, an add-on to their popular CELTA certification course designed to impart the unique skills necessary to teach English to children, adolescents, and teenagers with confidence. Although no substitute exists, Cambridge will be continuing with its CELTA courses without.
If you are interested in (or already registered for) any of these exams, you don’t need to worry. Cambridge English made the announcement early enough to give everyone a chance to prepare for the final, December 2016 test dates. There is sure to be a surge in demand by then, however, so plan accordingly to make sure you can find a spot at a test center near you!