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Cambridge English Exam Preparation
in San Diego & San Francisco, California

Maximum 8 Students per Class. Very Strong Focus on Speaking Skills!

The CISL Cambridge English Exam Preparation Courses prepare students to take Cambridge English exams to receive certificates verifying their English proficiency. Over 20,000 universities, employers, and governments accept Cambridge English exams around the world. CISL offers preparation courses for the Cambridge English: First (FCE) and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) in San Diego and San Francisco. CISL students can take the official FCE and CAE exams at the end of either course. The FCE and CAE Preparation Courses are offered in 8, 9, and 11‐week sessions. 

CISL San Diego and CISL San Francisco are authorized Cambridge English exam centres, and several members of the CISL staff are trained speaking examiners.

FCE Course Description

The goal of the FCE Preparation Course is to prepare students to take the Cambridge English: First Examination (FCE) and receive the B2‐level certificate by helping students improve their English proficiency to the B2‐level as well as equipping students with effective test‐taking strategies.

FCE Course Objectives

  • Language Skills: improve skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Language Control: learn, practice, and review English grammar, pronunciation, word forms, and vocabulary.
  • Test Taking: identify and understand different question types, learn tips for handling each section of the test, take practice tests to build familiarity with the test and track progress.

FCE Course Key Features

  • Comprehensive Resources: students receive an in‐depth textbook with explanations, practice questions, and other tools that they can use to supplement their classwork.
  • Student Assessment: students are frequently assessed and receive reports on their progress.
  • Practice Tests: students take practice tests to build familiarity with the test and track their progress.
  • Teacher Feedback: students receive frequent feedback from their instructors.
  • Small Classes: the maximum class size in the Standard Course is 8 students, so students get a lot of personal attention and feel comfortable in a small group. Learn more about the benefits of our small classes.

Students who enroll in the FCE Preparation Course can also enroll in…

FCE Exam Preparation
Levels Intermediate (B1) to Advanced (C2)
Maximum # of students per class 8
Lessons per week 20
Schedule Monday‐Friday from 9:00 a.m. ‐ 12:40 p.m.
Start dates January 2, 2017 9‐week course, SD and SF
March 13, 2017 9‐week course, SF only
March 20, 2017 11‐week course, SD only
April 3, 2017 9‐week course, SD only
June 19, 2017 9‐week course, SD only
September 11, 2017 11‐week course, SD only
September 25, 2017 9‐week course, SD and SF
October 9, 2017 9‐week course, SF only
Course length 9 weeks; 11 weeks
Language focus FCE, General English

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CAE Course Description

The goal of the CAE Preparation Course is to prepare students to take the Cambridge English: Advanced Examination (CAE) and receive the C1‐level certificate by helping students improve their English proficiency to the C1‐level as well as equipping students with effective test‐taking strategies.

CAE Course Objectives

  • Language Skills: improve skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Language Control: learn, practice, and review English grammar, pronunciation, word forms, and vocabulary.
  • Test Taking: identify and understand different question types, learn tips for handling each section of the test, take practice tests to build familiarity with the test and track progress.

CAE Course Key Features

  • Comprehensive Resources: students receive an in‐depth textbook with explanations, practice questions, and other tools that they can use to supplement their classwork.
  • Student Assessment: students are frequently assessed and receive reports on their progress.
  • Practice Tests: students take practice tests to build familiarity with the test and track their progress.
  • Teacher Feedback: students receive frequent feedback from their instructors.
  • Small Classes: the maximum class size in the CAE Course is 8 students, so students get a lot of personal attention and feel comfortable in a small group. Learn more about the benefits of our small classes.

Students who are enrolled in the CAE Preparation Course can also enroll in…

CAE Exam Preparation
Levels High‐Intermediate (B2) to Advanced (C2)
Maximum # of students per class 8
Lessons per week 20
Schedule Monday‐Thursday, 1:30 p.m. ‐3:10 p.m.
Start dates January 2, 2017 8‐week course, SD
March 6, 2017 11‐week course, SF
March 20, 2017 11‐week course, SD
March 20, 2017 9‐week course, SF
April 3, 2017 9‐week course, SD
June 19, 2017 9‐week course, SD
September 11, 2017 11‐week course, SD
September 25, 2017 9‐week course, SD and SF
October 9, 2017 9‐week course, SF only
Course length 8 weeks (San Diego only); 9 weeks; 11 weeks
Language focus CAE, General English

Note: Students taking any 20‐lesson per week course and who are requesting an I‐20 for a student visa will also need to take either an Afternoon Elective or attend a 1.5 hour Study Hall session each week in order to meet the 18‐hour per week minimum requirement for the student visa. One lesson = 50 minutes. For more information about U.S. visas, please read the information here or contact us directly using the online inquiry form.

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Testimonial

Like in the regular CISL class, there are only 8 students. The difference between those two classes is students tend to be taking it more seriously than in the regular class. By taking Cambridge, my English skills get better because I learned more specific vocabulary, different styles in forming or organize essays and how to pick out the correct key works in listening and reading. We went through all vocabulary and verb tenses which is important for the test. Before I even noticed, I started to use it in daily conversations, which is great. Furthermore, we took several prep test to see our progress and received feedback in which area we should improve. By the time I took the test, I was more than nervous but thanks to the teacher I was prepared.

After taking the Cambridge I went back home and started in the same company before arriving in San Diego. By passing Cambridge I could provide the certificate to the company which leads me to where I am now. After being back for a half a year, they asked me if I were interested in going to Michigan for a year to help out our daughter company. There is probably many factors why they chose me but I am sure that the Cambridge one of the biggest reason. By having a Cambridge Certificate can open you doors, which you have not thought about it.

My time in San Diego was amazing, learned new ways to use English and made many new friends. If you are thinking about taking Cambridge or just a regular class, you are on the right place. Then, if I could do it again, I would.

Diogo, SWITZERLAND

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