In 2013, Instituto Simón Bolívar became an official Cambridge English School after receiving certification from the University of Cambridge. This privilege allows us to train and prepare our students for the Cambridge exams. These English language exams give students an assessment and qualification which readies them for the world of work, travel and life. At our institution, we offer English certification exams in primary, secondary and high school.

The Cambridge language exams have an international standard for describing language ability which is called the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is used around the world to describe learners’ language skills. The CEFR has six levels – from A1 for the most basic beginner to C2 for the very highest level of ability. Our objective is to have our students obtain the B1 and/or B2 level before entering post-secondary education.

Below you will find a table which demonstrates the student’s grade and potential certification 2020-2021.

Student’s Grade Certification Exam
Primary 1st Grade Young Learners Exam (Starters)
Primary 3rd Grade Young Learners Exam (Movers)
Primary 5th Grade Key English Test (KET)
Secondary 3rd Grade Preliminary English Test (PET)
High School 6th Grade First Certificate in English (FCE)

Below is a table showing the CEFR level and the corresponding exam.

CEFR Level Certification Obtained
A1 Entry Exams: Starters, Movers, Flyers
B1 Preliminary English Test (PET)
B2 First Certificate in English (FCE)
C1 Cambridge: Advanced English (CAE)
C2 Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE)

We are pleased to have certified more students every year because we know that in many situations an international certificate that guarantees the level of English provides more opportunities for study and work in the future.

Note that in all sections, from primary through high school, our main objective is that students develop communicative competence in English and expand their horizons through contact with culture, tradition, literature and other aspects that characterize various societies in the modern world.

English Coordination
Rafael Majdich