Starting in autumn, all secondary school graduates with very good English language skills will have the opportunity to take the Cambridge C1 Advanced exam and receive an internationally recognised certificate. Foundation Innove is carrying out a pilot session this spring, the pilot session involving 675 students.
Cambridge C1 Advanced has been developed by the internationally recognised assessment organisation Cambridge Assessment English. According to Alistair Starling, head of strategic development Cambridge Assessment English in Europe, “Cambridge is excited to be partnering with the Estonian government to help bring globally recognised English qualifications to secondary school students across the country, and is looking forward to supporting language teachers with their important work by placing the full expertise of Cambridge English at their fingertips.”
In order to give young people the opportunity to take the Cambridge English C1 Advanced qualification selected under an international procurement, Foundation Innove is carrying out a pilot session this spring. The pilot session involving 675 students from 16 schools takes place in May and June. The written part of the examination takes place on 6 June. Students take their speaking tests between 30 May and 7 June. The exam venues are located in different towns in Estonia – Tallinn, Tartu, Viljandi and Kuressaare. The speaking component of the exam is marked by certified speaking examiners in Estonia, the written components of the exam are marked by Cambridge Assessment English. Candidates will be notified of their results 4 weeks after taking the exam and their certificates will be despatched 5-9 weeks after the exam. If the students pass the exam successfully, they will receive a certificate indicating that they have achieved a high level of skill in the English language, i.e. B2, C1 or C2.
After the pilot session, all the teachers of English in Estonia will be sent detailed information about the requirements regarding the C1 Advanced qualification, so that they may inform their students about the exam and prepare them for it. Innove will shortly inform schools about the dates of the C1 Advanced sessions taking place next school year.
The exam is funded by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and it is free of charge for students.