English Scale

The Cambridge English Scale

Our exams on the Cambridge English Scale

The Cambridge English Scale is a range of scores used for reporting the results of Cambridge English exams. It is built on our existing results reporting and years of research, and is designed to complement the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The Cambridge English Scale allows for more straightforward results reporting across our exams and better meets the needs of our exam users, including candidates, teachers, universities and immigration departments. 


  • More detailed results – candidates receive a score for each skill (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) plus Use of English in certain exams. They also get an overall score for the exam on the Cambridge English Scale.

  • Straightforward and consistent – results across our exams report on the same scale. Scores on the Cambridge English Scale replace the standardised scores and candidate profile.

  • Easy to compare performance – the alignment of our exams to the CEFR, to IELTS and to each other is clear. Results on the scale also give a greater insight into candidate progression from one exam to the next.

Comparing scores

There may be times when it is useful to know how a CEFR level, IELTS band score or old standardised score compares to a Cambridge English Scale score.

Our score converter tool can help you. Simply select what type of score you’d like to convert from, input the value and the tool will tell you what the equivalent Cambridge English Scale score is. You can also use the tool to convert from scores on the Cambridge English Scale back to CEFR Levels, IELTS band scores or old standardised scores.