Cambridge English (PET, FCE & CAE) 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: Preliminary (PET; San Diego only),  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 7, 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.

Course Description

The goal of the Cambridge Assessment English Course is to help students use English with accuracy and confidence. Students improve their general English language skills and, just as importantly, they learn how to be better communicators, how to use English in different situations, how to interact with people from different cultures, and how to be better language learners.

B1 Preliminary (PET) Course Description (San Diego Only)

The goal of the PET Preparation Course is to prepare students to take the Cambridge Assessment B1 Preliminary Examination (PET) and receive the B1‐level certificate by helping students improve their English proficiency to the B1‐level as well as equipping students with effective test‐taking strategies.

  • Language Skills: improve basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing..
  • Language Control: learn, practice, and review English grammar, pronunciation, word forms and vocabulary while attempting more complex structures.
  • 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.
  • 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 PET 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.
PET Exam Preparation
LevelsA2 to B1
Maximum # of students per class8
Lessons per week20
Schedulemorning classes Monday ‐ Friday
Start dateApril 22, 2019
Course length6 weeks
Language focusPET, General English

FCE Course Description (San Diego Only)

The goal of the FCE Preparation Course is to prepare students to take the Cambridge Assessment English Exam: 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 PET 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 Standard Course can also enroll in…

FCE Exam Preparation
LevelsIntermediate (B1) to Advanced (C2)
Maximum # of students per class8
Lessons per week20
Schedulemorning classes Monday ‐ Friday
Start datesJanuary 7, 20199‐week course, SD only
March 25, 201911‐week course, SD only
April 8, 20199‐week course, SD only
June 17, 20199‐week course, SD only
September 16, 201911‐week course, SD only
September 30, 20199‐week course, SD only
Course length9 weeks; 11 weeks
Language focusFCE, General English
FCE INTENSIVE EXAM PREPARATION (SAN DIEGO ONLY)
LevelsIntermediate (B1) to Advanced (C2)
Maximum # of students per class8
Lessons per week28
Schedulemorning classes Monday ‐ Friday
Start datesJanuary 8, 20199‐week course
March 5, 20199‐week course
March 26, 201911‐week course
April 9, 20199‐week course
June 18, 20199‐week course
September 17, 201911‐week course
October 1, 20199‐week course
Course length9 weeks; 11 weeks
Language focusFCE, General English

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.

  • 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.
  • 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 PET 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 Standard Course can also enroll in…

  • English in Use (Monday‐Thursday 1:30 p.m. ‐ 3:10 p.m.) ‐ San Francisco only
  • Conversational English (Monday‐Thursday1:30 p.m. ‐ 3:10 p.m.) ‐ San Diego only
  • CAE afternoon class (Monday­-Thursday 1:30 p.m.­ – 3:10 p.m.) – ­ San Diego only
  • Business English (Monday‐Thursday 1:30 p.m. ‐ 3:10 p.m.)
  • English for Academic Purposes (Monday‐Thursday 1:30 p.m. ‐ 3:10 p.m.)
  • Private Lessons (flexible times)
  • *FREE* Study Hall (one day per week 1:30 p.m. ‐ 3:00 p.m.)
CAE Exam Preparation
LevelsHigh‐Intermediate (B2) to Advanced (C2)
Maximum # of students per class8
Lessons per week20
Schedulemorning classes
Start datesJanuary 7, 20197‐week course, SD only
March 18, 20199‐week course, SF only
March 25, 201911‐week course, SD only
April 8, 20199‐week course, SD only
June 17, 20199‐week course, SD only
September 16, 201911‐week course, SD only
September 30, 20199‐week course, SD only
October 14, 20199‐week course, SF only
Course length7 weeks (San Diego only); 9 weeks; 11 weeks
Language focusCAE, 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.