Cambridge Preparation Courses in Australia

Cambridge Preparation courses are designed to prepare you for the Cambridge exam

Cambridge Preparation Courses Australia

The Cambridge English examinations are considered as highly reliable competency tests for both employment and study purposes.

You should do this course:

  • if you wish to improve your English intensively for either employment or academic studies or
  • if you are an international student for whom English is a foreign language and you require a certain Cambridge Certificate Pass as an entry qualifications for employment or other purpose or
  • if you wish to have a formal qualification in English

You could also take preparatory studies in General English and enter a Cambridge course as soon as you have reached the necessary level of English proficiency.

Important examinations such need adequate preparation time! Students need to enrol for at least one semester (12 weeks) of full time study.

Study times:

  • 9 or 10 weeks full time, beginning of the beginning of January every year.
  • 12 weeks full time, beginning of the middle of March and middle of September every year.

Every course will usually end in an exam. (The exam fee needs to be paid separately)

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B1 Preliminary English Test (PET)

PET is the second level of the Cambridge examinations. Achieving a pass at this level indicates that the student has developed the English Language skills to cope in mainly predictable social and work situations.

Preliminary English Test (PET)

PET is the first examination level of the Cambridge certificates and certifies the graduate’s language skills to be able to prove confidence in communicating in predictable situations in the social and professional environment.


In the preparatory course you will learn to express yourself more clearly, verbally and in writing, and to better understand what is written and heard by your fellow human beings. The course level corresponds to medium to good English (“intermediate English”). This course requires a great deal of cooperation and initiative in the form of daily homework.

Participants learn to read and understand everyday announcements, brochures and instructions. They write letters, pass on information, fill out English-language forms, describe certain situations or express their opinions in essays.

Listening and understanding is trained with auditions and public announcements. Regular speaking promotes better and more confident communication with others. In addition, grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary are refined and expanded. Particular importance is attached to the correct use of prepositions and tenses.

The PET course will help you to communicate more clearly when you write and speak, and to understand English when you read and listen.

The PET course is very intensive and you need to work hard during the course. There is a lot of homework every night, which you must do!


Intermediate level of English


  • Reading: understanding public notices, brochures and instructions.
  • Writing: completing forms, write letters, give information, report events, describe situations and express your opinions.
  • Listening: listening to public announcements and conversations.
  • Speaking: communicate better and more confidently.
  • English: improve your grammar and accuracy, especially using prepositions and tenses.
  • Vocabulary: greatly increase

B2 First Certificate of English (FCE)

FCE is at the Upper-Intermediate English level, and aims to develop your skills in English to a level that is ‘sufficient for public contact in employment in areas such as banking, airlines, catering, or for studies taught in the English language.

First Certificate in English (FCE)

The FCE is the most commonly acquired Cambridge certificate with good to very good English (“upper-intermediate English”). It certifies a safe and competent handling of the English language, as desired in the public sector, for example in banking, at an airline, in catering or other positions.


The FCE is the most widely taken of all the Cambridge examinations. It is at the Upper-Intermediate English level, and aims to develop your skills in English to a level that is ‘sufficient for public contact in employment in areas such as banking, airlines, catering, etc’.


Before the start, an admission test must be taken to check existing language skills. The preparatory course improves grammar and extends the vocabulary, especially the use of idiomatic expressions and expressions of the English language. He also trains the skills to write informal and formal letters as well as stories, reports, opinions and articles.


Upper Intermediate level of English


  • Use of English: improve your grammar, increase your vocabulary, particularly phrasal verbs, idioms and expressions…
  • Writing: Informal letters, formal letters, articles, reports, opinion type compositions, narratives
  • Reading: read magazine articles to increase your reading speed, understanding of text organisation
  • Listening: Short extracts, longer monologues, announcements, extracts from radio programmes/news
  • Speaking: pronunciation, developing your spoken accuracy and fluency for conversational English

C1 Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

The C1 Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English is one of the most popular ad recognised qualification as proof of high-level achievement in learning English. With the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English you will develop strong skills necessary to study, work or live in an English speaking country. 

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)


This is the second-level course. It is more advanced and will develop a high level of English language competence to use English socially, at work or for study purposes.


Advanced level of English.


All students MUST take an entrance test.


Like FCE on a higher level

C2 Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

The C2 Proficiency qualification is the most advanced of all. This test will show that you have truly mastered the English language and can communicate with fluency and with a high standard of English. With a C2 Cambridge preparation course and exam you can study a PhD or work in a professional environment. 

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English


This is the third-level course and highest general English Cambridge course. It is more advanced than CAE and will develop a high level of English language competence to use English socially, at work or for study purposes.


Upper Advanced level of English.


All students MUST take an entrance test.

If you want to study Cambridge English in Australia, please contact us!

Cambridge Course Australia

Where can I study a Cambridge Preparation Course in Australia?

Study Cambridge Courses at Shafston International College

Shafston is one of Australia’s largest providers of preparation programs for the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. They are highly valued by employers in many countries, especially Europe.

Shafston offers a very wide range of Cambridge preparation programs including all levels of the main suite exam preparation programs (PET, FCE, CAE and CPE) as well as the full suite of Cambridge Business Certificate (Vantage and Higher) exam preparation programs.


Always the best and most reliable source of information is the client herself or himself. You may read bellow some of the testimonies of students.

“A friend of mine suggested to me to come to study at Shafston and it was the best choice. It is worthwhile. I like Shafston and my teachers, Adrian & Chris, are such a good teachers. I have got the maximum from this class.” -Ricardo Coli from Sao Paulo, Brazil

“I had have done Cambridge FCE before I started on Business English BEC-Higher. FCE was a great way to improve my English skills. Later on I decided to take the Business English because I already studied business in Germany. I can say that I made the right choice of studying at Shafston.” -Swantje Wolter from Hamburg, Germany

“My goal was to achieve a good level of English which will be useful for my further business study. I mean, first of all I wanted to speak fluently and the good understanding of native English speakers was also important for me. I can say, after 6 month study and leaving with Australians I am more confident. Every experience what I have got are
a good motivation to continue my study in English and to be perfect in English.” -Stephanie Merger from Paris, France

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