How many hours do I need to prepare for my exam?
It takes approximately 200 guided learning hours for a language learner to progress from one level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to the next.
For example, a candidate who has passed B2 First (previously known as Cambridge English: First), at level B2 on the CEFR, might need approximately 200 hours of lessons and supervised study to prepare for the C1 Advanced (previously known as Cambridge English: Advanced), which is aligned to level C1 on the CEFR.
However, there are a number of factors that can affect how long it will take to increase your level of English, including:
- your language learning background
- the intensity of your study
- your age
- the amount of study/exposure outside of lesson times
The table below suggests how many guided learning hours you might need to reach each level of the CEFR. These figures are intended as a guideline only. You may require more or less time and support depending on your own needs.
Common European Framework Guided Learning Hours (from beginner level)
|CEFR Level||Cambridge English Exam||Number of Hours (approximate)|
|C2||C2 Proficiency - previously known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)||1,000—1,200|
|C1||C1 Advanced - previously known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)||700—800|
|B2||B2 First - previously known as Cambridge English: First (FCE)||500—600|
|B1||B1 Preliminary - previously known as Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)||350—400|
|A2||A2 Key - previously known as Cambridge English: Key (KET)||180—200|