We are often asked if there are any restrictions as to who can take our exams. Cambridge English exams can be taken by people of any age, gender, race, nationality or religion, but we have provided answers to some of the most common questions below.
English is my first language - can I take an exam?
Yes. Although our exams are aimed at non-native speakers of English, you can take our exams if English is your first language and you wish to do so.
Is there an age limit for any Cambridge English exams?
No. Candidates of any age are welcome to take any Cambridge English exam. Some exams are specifically designed with candidates of a certain age in mind, however candidates of any age are welcome to take any exam.
Exams with a suggested age range are:
- Cambridge English: Young Learners - for students in primary or lower secondary school
- Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools - for students in late primary or secondary school
- Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) for Schools - for students in late primary or secondary school
- Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools - for students in secondary school
- International English Testing System (IELTS) - recommended for candidates aged 16+
For more information see our forum article: Cambridge English Exams for Schools - Frequently Asked Questions.
Can I take the exam more than once?
Yes. You can take an exam as many times as you like. Full details can be found in our Exam Regulations.
Do I need to take a course before sitting an exam?
No. Cambridge English Language Assessment does not require candidates to take a course before entering for an exam, but many people find that taking a course helps them to prepare.
We do not offer courses directly and are not able to give advice regarding which course you should take, but you might like to read our English course information article for further details.