The Cambridge English Placement Test (CEPT) is an online adaptive test of general English, testing Reading/Use of English and Listening. It can be used to place learners at all levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) from Pre-A1 to C2.

As the candidate progresses through the test, each item is chosen on the basis of the candidate's response to the previous item. As a result, the test becomes progressively easier or more difficult until a consistent level of ability is achieved, and the candidate's level of English can be identified.

Test Information:

Components tested: Listening & Reading
Format: Computer-based (but candidate must report in person)
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
Date/Time/Venue: Refer to your confirmation email
(Check your Inbox/Junk/Spam email folders)

Purpose/Benefits of CEPT:
  • Candidates will be able to reasonably identify their CEFR English Proficiency Level within 1-2 working days through this short online test.
  • Candidates may use this placement test as a preparatory exercise to gauge how well-prepared they are for the A2 Key for Schools (KETfS) or B1 Preliminary for Schools (PETfS) exam.
If you are interested to register for CEPT, please contact Principals Academy at email: cem@pai.sg .
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Test Format

The CEPT test is a computer-based (online), self-access, adaptive test divided for Reading and Listening. In the test, the candidate will have to answer questions on screen. These can be in a variety of different types.
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1. How long does CEPT take?

The test takes approximately 30 minutes - it is not possible to set a specific time limit and no timer is displayed. The test will not end abruptly and will allow the candidate to complete the task they are on. The test ends once the candidate's level has been determined, specifically when the candidate clicks on the arrow to go to the next task. 

2. Is the test invigilated?

CEPT is a self-access test, meaning that no invigilation/proctoring is required. However, there will be test officials around to facilitate the test portal log-in for candidates.

3. How is the test marked?

The Reading and Listening test is auto marked by the system.

4. How can candidates access their results?

Candidates will be notified of their results via email within 1-2 working days.

5. What CEFR levels does CEPT cover?

The majority of candidates taking CEPT fall within the A1 - B2 proficiency bracket on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). As a result, the test has been designed to test these levels of the CEFR most robustly.

For most candidates, the differentiation between C1 and C2 is not important, and therefore we feel it is sufficient to indicate that highly proficient candidates have reached the "C1 and above" level.