Frequently asked questions

Who can take an Anglia exam?

Anyone who wants to learn English can take an Anglia exam. There is no age limit for candidates. You can enter at the level of study you or your teacher considers appropriate.

Where can an Anglia exam be taken?

Contact your local representative to find out where you can take an exam. For more information visit the Anglia worldwide page.

Where do the Anglia exams fit in the Common European Framework?

What are the benefits of having an Anglia qualification?

Students study to gain an Anglia qualification for many reasons. Some universities will accept Anglia Proficiency if you want to study in the UK. Employers often like to see that a person has successfully studied a course in English. Others will take an exam just because they enjoy studying, and want to improve their English.

How long are Anglia qualifications valid for?

Anglia qualifications are valid for the rest of your life. However, as with all qualifications, the longer ago you took it, the greater chance there is that an employer or institution will ask you to reconfirm your skills to their satisfaction.

Can I use my Anglia exam to get to university?

The number of universities which accept an Anglia certificate is growing all the time (List of Universities). Since 2014, our top four levels have been Ofqual accredited through our partnership with AIM . However, applications are often considered on a case-by-case basis. Here at Anglia Examinations we always advise candidates to check with the specific institution, who will give clear guidelines on the necessary entry requirements.

Are Anglia exams suitable for candidates of any age and culture?

There is no age limit for candidates. Students will enter at the level of study they or their teacher considers appropriate. There is an Anglia placement test to help determine which level of examination is most appropriate. Anglia exams are taken in over 20 countries across 3 continents. They are written only to test English comprehension and candidates from any background should feel comfortable taking one.

Do candidates have to take every language skill (reading, writing, listening & speaking)?

It depends what you want to use the qualifications for. Your certificate will declare which skills you have taken examinations in. Some centres offer the possibility of optional elements at some levels.

Can a candidate with a physical/learning difficulty take an Anglia exam?

Anglia Examinations will make provisions to help candidates with special needs. These depend on the requirements. Further information can be found in policies & procedures on the central documents page, or contact Anglia directly at

How are the exams marked?

Once the exams have been taken they are sent back to England, where they will be marked by a team of experienced examiners. For further information on the marking process go to the policies & procedures section.

How many hours of study must candidates do to pass their exam?

There are no minimum required hours of study to take an Anglia exam. In order to achieve best results, please use the following table as a guideline of recommended hours for each level, based on the Common European Framework. These hours may vary depending on your every day contact with English.

Level CEFR Guided Learning Hours Independent study/exposure Total Qualification Time
First Step
Approx. 20-30
Approx. 30-50

Approx. 50-75

Preliminary A1 Approx. 80-100

Elementary A2 Approx. 140-180

Pre-Intermediate A2+ Approx. 180-200 

AIM Awards Anglia Intermediate B1 Approx. 350-400 175-200 525-600
AIM Awards Anglia Advanced B2 Approx. 500-600 250-300 750-900
AIM Awards Anglia Proficiency C1 Approx. 700-800 350-400 1050-1200
AIM Awards Anglia Mastery C2 Approx. 1000-1200
1000-1200 2000-2400

What are the pass marks for the exams?

Level Refer Pass Merit Distinction
First Step <50% 50%-64% 65%-79% 80%+
Junior <50% 50%-64% 65%-79% 80%+
Primary <50% 50%-64% 65%-79% 80%+
Preliminary <50% 50%-64% 65%-79% 80%+
Elementary <50% 50%-64% 65%-79% 80%+
Pre-Intermediate <50% 50%-64% 65%-79% 80%+
Intermediate <50% 50%-64% 65%-79% 80%+
Advanced <50% 50%-64% 65%-79% 80%+
Proficiency <50% 50%-64% 65%-79% 80%+
Masters <55% At C1 55%-64%
At C2 65%-74%
75%-89% 90%+

You can also view the grade boundaries in the Teacher's Handbook, found on the central documents page. 

What materials can be used to help to prepare for an Anglia exam?

The official preparation material for an Anglia exam is the Step To book, there is a book available for every level in the General English range, which contains a number of exercises and a practice test. Sound files for the listening sections can be found in the central documents area. Step To books can be purchased from your local agent.

Is there ongoing support for teachers?

Yes. We provide support for teachers on a local basis. This support includes local networking, member/ teacher meetings, teacher training, news and information updates, annual gatherings, and presentations by Anglia examiners from the UK. Please contact your local representative to find out more, and keep an eye on the news section of this website or your local area website. If you are a teacher and would like to find out more information about the exams you can register for exclusive access to the teacher's login area. You will find new sample papers to use as practise exams as well as further support for running an examination session.

Is there a syllabus available for the exams?

Yes. The Teacher's Handbook is available in the central documents area.

Are vocabulary lists available for the exams?

Yes. The vocabulary lists are available in the general English section via the exam menu.

What is a C.I.T.E. test?

C.I.T.E. is designed to give competent teachers of any subject, who may or may not have any other English teaching qualifications, a chance to obtain international recognition for their language skills, knowledge and experience. For further information click here.

Is there a minimum age required to take the C.I.T.E. test?

There are no minimum age requirements or formal entry qualifications needed for the C.I.T.E. test. It can be taken by teachers who are currently teaching English, or students who are planning to teach the language, and have gained knowledge of classroom language and practice through study.