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Test Your English—for Free

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Four Free Placement Tests

Below are four online placement tests from Cambridge English. They're free and you can take them as often as you wish (but the questions don't change).

They are a great way to test your overall English proficiency level.


The General English test is for adult learners.  Choose the For Schools test if you're a student as the content of the questions reflect their teenage lifestyle.


The Business English test has been created for working professionals.


And parents can test their preadolescent children's English in the Young Learner test.


If you're a teacher, each test will tell you which CEFR level you should teaching. If you're a student, it will show which Cambridge English exam may be best for you. To get started simply:


  1. Choose your test and click to start. 

  2. Answer each multiple-choice question. 

  3. There is no time limit.

  4. At the end of the test you will be able to see the answers. 


Vantage Essential English : General English Test
Vantage Essential English : English for Schools Test
Vantage Essential English : Business English Test
Vantage Essential English : Young Learners Test

Not a Language Qualification

Please note these are not formal Cambridge English exams and, like all placement tests, the results are very approximate. Your score on these tests cannot be used as proof of a formal language qualification.

Results Mapped to the CEFR

These Cambridge English placement tests are tied to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) 

You can learn more about the industry standard for measuring English language proficiency on our Understanding the CEFR page.

CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference CEFR

Placement Tests vs. Proficiency Exams

Placement Tests: The purpose of the placement test is to determine what your knowledge and skills are on a subject so an appropriate course can be determined.


Proficiency Exams: The purpose of any proficiency exam is to find out whether you have mastered the knowledge and the skills of a particular subject so that you are prepared to succeed at subsequent levels.


An example would be a student who receives a "B1" level on a placement test.  That would indicate the level they should be studying in their English course.  A proficiency exam score of "B1" would indicate mastery—certification—at that level and subsequent studies should be at the "B2" level.


Proficiency exams have more questions and thus have a higher degree of accuracy and reliability. 


Proficiency exams test all four language skills. This is another reason they are used for certification requirements. 


Placement tests assess two skills - reading and listening—that are then used to represent an all overall English ability. 

Your Results

After you've taken your test, you can see how good your English is on our Results Page.

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