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Cambridge Examination Preparation Courses  All centres

Cambridge English Language Assessment provides a number of internationally recognised examinations for people who need formal certification of their English language proficiency.

Cambridge Examination Courses at CES are designed to prepare students for one of the following Cambridge Examinations:

  • First Certificate in English  - FCE (B2 First)
  • Certificate in Advanced English - CAE (C1 Advanced)

The Cambridge Examinations usually take place four times per year, mid-March, mid-June, mid-August, and mid-December. Our courses are planned to finish on the week before the exam will take place. 

In Canada, this course runs as full-time exam preparation course. In Ireland, morning lessons will help to develop general language skills (20 lessons) while the afternoon lessons focus on exam preparation (6 lessons).   Similarly, in the UK, morning lessons will help to build general English knowledge (20 lessons) and the afternoon lessons concentrate on examination skills for your chosen Cambridge exam (10 lessons).

For the full list of our Cambridge Exam dates please Centre of English Studies Cambridge Exams 2023


Start Dates: Monday- Friday
Lessons per week: IRL: 26 lessons per week
UK: 30 lessons per week
CAN: 25 or 30 lessons per week
Lesson duration: IRL: 1 lesson - 55 minutes
UK: 1 lesson - 45 minutes
CAN: 1 lesson - 50 minutes
Class Size:  Maximum 14 (Oxford, Maximum 9)
Minimum level: B2 level (FCE)   C1/C2 level (CAE)
Minimum age: 16
Available in: All centres

What level do you need to take the course?

Students planning to take the FCE course should be at minimum level B2 (upper-intermediate) and for the CAE at C1 (advanced) level. We cannot accept a student for any examination course until CES has confirmed the student is at the appropriate level for their chosen examination. Contact [email protected] to take a level test online.

Please note that CES Dublin, CES Leeds and CES Toronto are official Cambridge Test centres, so you can take your exam in the same CES school you studied in. Other CES centres will help you apply for and organise your examination.


IRELAND: 08:45 – 12:45 or 09:15 – 13:15 (Standard General English)
14:00 – 16:00 Tuesday to Thursday (Exam Preparation lessons)
UK: 09:30 – 13:00 Monday to Friday   (Standard General English)
14:00 – 16:30 Tuesday to Thursday   (Exam Preparation lessons)
CANADA: 09:00 – 12:35 Monday to Friday   (Full time Course)
13:20 – 14:25 Monday to Thursday   (Full time, 4 days per week)

*Please note there must be a minimum of 8 students in order for CES to run the class.

Where can I take my Cambridge Exam?

You can take your FCE or CAE exam near to all of the CES locations but in three of our schools, Dublin, Toronto, and Leeds, we also have CES Test Centres where you can book and take your exam.

Visit our test centre websites if you would like to book your exam with us. In our other schools, we will help you find a test centre nearby to book your exam.

Test Centre Dublin Test Centre Toronto Test Centre Leeds 

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