Pretesting plays an essential role in the test development cycle and the production process of question papers for the Cambridge English Language Assessment exams. Except for Speaking Tests and the Cambridge Young Learners English (YLE) Tests, pretests are available for all the other papers of the Cambridge English Language Assessment exams.

CEFL makes arrangements for pretests to be administered for its registered candidates once a year, normally about six to eight weeks before the real exams.


Pretests are free as all pretest papers and despatch costs are paid by Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Pretesting allows candidates to practise sitting for a Cambridge English Language Assessment exam under simulated conditions of the real exam. Candidates not only experience the kind of questions they will face in the actual exam, but will be able to identify from their pretest scores, which particular language areas they to improve on before the real exam.

Marking and Results

After completing the pretest, all papers are sent back to Cambridge English Language Assessment for marking. Scores and reports are issued within two to three weeks, but Writing papers may take a little longer.

Click here to contact the Cambridge English Language Assessment Centre Exams Manager for further information on pretests.

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