After the busy summer months, many candidates are now receiving their Cambridge Assessment English exam results and there are a number of questions that we often receive at the office about how to access or interpret results.
This month’s blog will answer some of the most frequent questions.
How can I access my results?
First, you need to register on the Results Portal using the ID Number and Secret Number which you will find on the bottom left of your Confirmation of Entry. You will be prompted to enter your email address and create a password. Now you will be able to log in using your Secret Number and the password that you created.
I have my results but when will my certificate arrive?
Your certificate will arrive approximately one month after the results release date. If you registered for your exam through an academy, your certificate will be sent directly to the school and you will be able to pick it up there. If you signed up as an independent candidate, during the registration process you will have either chosen to have the certificate couriered to you (for a fee) or to come into our centre to pick it up. We will send you an email when the certificate is here to let you know.
I urgently need my certificate to apply for a university course, but it hasn’t arrived yet. What can I do?
If you need to provide evidence of your Cambridge English qualification and your original certificate hasn’t arrived yet, we would be happy to send you an Exams Catalunya provisional certificate which states which exam you did and the grade you were awarded. To request a provisional certificate, simply email us a copy of your Statement of Results and a copy of your identity card or passport to email@example.com. The certificate can be issued in English, Catalan or Spanish.
I have passed the B2 First with a score of 181 but I don’t understand my Statement of Results! It says that my level is C1. Will I get a C1 Advanced certificate?
Your Statement of Results contains two main pieces of information about your performance; your overall score on the Cambridge English Scale and an individual score for each of the five parts of the exam. With this information you can see where your language strengths lie; which areas you can work on; and your overall level of English in relation to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Cambridge Assessment English qualifications recognise performance both slightly above and slightly below the target level of the exam. This means that a candidate who scores above 180 in the B2 First has shown language knowledge equivalent to a C1 level and therefore your certificate will be for the exam you took (B2 First) but will certify your knowledge at C1 level. Similarly, a candidate who scores between 140 – 160 in the B2 First has shown knowledge at a B1 level and will therefore be issued a certificate which recognises their achievement of a B1 level.
I have failed my C1 Advanced by one point. Can I have my exam remarked? Perhaps there has been a mistake…
The quality of Cambridge English assessment qualifications is second to none and their processes ensure that the exams are fair and errors in results are extremely rare. If a candidate is however unhappy with their result and would like their exam to be reviewed, it is possible to submit a Results Enquiry within 30 days of the release of the results. The Results Enquiry process consists of 2 stages; a full clerical re-check and a re-mark of the written papers. In order proceed to the second stage, the first stage must have been concluded previously. There is a fee for this service which will be refunded in the unlikely event of an increase in marks which results in a change in final grade. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for more information about the process and the fees.
How long is my qualification valid for?
Cambridge Assessment English qualifications do not have an expiry date and are valid for life. However, individual institutions can choose how long to accept results for. If you are planning on using your qualification to access a university course or similar, you should check with the institution you wish to apply to.