With the Cambridge English - Swiss Exams Newsletter we offer teachers an easy way to access information about the Cambridge English Exams. Our main objective is to provide teachers with excellent support enabling them to give their students the best possible preparation for their Cambridge English Exam.
Please find below an overview of our latest Cambridge English Examinations news.
In 2009 Swiss Exams opened the first permanent Cambridge Exams CB lab in Winterthur, to be followed by Chur in 2010, Zurich and Basel in 2012. In 2013 and 2014 the first two mobile CB labs were put into operation for Lucerne and Bern.
Because of the high demand for Cambridge English CB tests, the inevitable next move was to strive for a permanent CB solution for Bern, which would give us the opportunity to offer unlimited spaces to schools and individual candidates.
On 20 June 2016 the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training took place in Winterthur. The main theme of this conference which takes place every 2 years was “From Skills to Prosperity – Sharing Elements of Success.” Our CEO, Lori Kaithan, attended the conference and was very impressed with the many countries that were represented, the excellent speakers and the informative topics.
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These official Past Papers are made of original exam papers from previous years and can be used in order to practise for the exams.
The booklet includes a listening CD and the answer key. This allows students to check their answers and makes it easy to measure their progress while preparing for the exam.
LOA Learning Oriented Assessment
Speaker: Gad S Lim, Cambridge English Language Assessment
This plenary presentation was given at the 12th Annual Cambridge English Spring Seminar 2-3 April 2016 on Learning Oriented Assessment – Bringing Teaching + Testing Together. This event was organised by Swiss Exams – Authorised Cambridge English Platinum Centre, Switzerland.
The speaker covers the following areas:
The “One Year Exam Retake Option” is a service which allows candidates to retake their exams for free within one year, if they have failed the exam by 3 points or less. The service also covers all medical cases, private and publication transport fallouts and deaths in the family, for example.
Swiss Exams – Authorised provider for Cambridge English Exams, ensures that candidates have an easy-to-use and effective registration process available. Candidates can choose various options for their exams, e.g. Value Packages, Exam Retake Option, Speaking Test Partner, various Payment Options, etc.). The registration is open for all Cambridge English exam levels.
Cambridge English: Key (KET)
Our schools and clients have been enjoying exam day reservation services for a while in Winterthur, Zurich and Chur and the services are well received. We have therefore decided to also offer these services in Bern, Basel, Lucerne and St.Gallen. What this means is that schools can get in touch with us and express their wishes regarding exams dates based on the annual global Cambridge English Exam date list. Our exam operations team will then try organise this exam for you on the preferred date.
Teachers are often hesitant to enrol their students for a computer-based exam. They feel that they have prepared them for a paper-based exam and therefore a computer-based exam does not seem suitable. However, there is no reason to not also consider computer-based exams.
You might find it helpful to get the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on computer-based testing.