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Cambridge Assessment English Exams

  • Basil Paterson is one of the largest open test/exam centres in Scotland, with over 3000 candidates taking tests and exams every year.
  • Basil Paterson offers both Paper-based and Computer-based places on every Cambridge Assessment English exam day.
  • Cambridge Assessment English exams are internationally recognised by thousands of companies, organisations and universities.
  • Cambridge Assessment English exams offer an important qualification for life – perfect for your CV.
  • Basil Paterson can help you prepare for your exam, offering intensive B2 First, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency courses throughout the year


To download our 2021 Cambridge Information Sheet, showing speaking exam dates, click here.

To download our 18 or over 2021 Cambridge application form, click here.

To download our under 18 2021 Cambridge application form, click here.

To download our 2021 payment form, click here.


Please send your completed application and payment form to


Please note: In accordance with current Scottish Government guidance, all test-takers must wear face coverings during the exam process. 

However, you are exempt from wearing a face covering if:

  • you have a health condition or disability that makes it inappropriate for you to wear a face covering or
  • wearing a face covering would cause you severe distress, anxiety or pain.


Our historic central Edinburgh premises are accessed by stairs from street level. If you require any form of special assistance to access our building in Edinburgh (e.g. a wheelchair ramp), please contact us at least one week before your exam for this to be arranged.

2021 Cambridge Assessment English exam dates at Basil Paterson

Exam Dates
C2 Proficiency
06 Mar 2021 (final entry 05 Feb)
08 May 2021 (final entry 09 Apr)
11 Jun 2021 (final entry 13 May)
02 Dec 2021 (final entry 05 Nov)
C1 Advanced
13 Mar 2021 (final entry 12 Feb)
08 May 2021 (final entry 09 Apr)
09 Jun 2021 (final entry 12 May)
30 Jul 2021 (final entry 02 Jul)
27 Aug 2021 (final entry 30 Jul)
16 Oct 2021 (final entry 17 Sep)
01 Dec 2021 (final entry 04 Nov)
B2 First
12 Mar 2021 (final entry 12 Feb)
15 May 2021 (final entry 15 Apr)
08 Jun 2021 (final entry 11 May)
29 Jul 2021 (final entry 02 Jul)
26 Aug 2021 (final entry 30 Jul)
09 Oct 2021 (final entry 10 Sep)
30 Nov 2021 (final entry 04 Nov)
B1 Preliminary For Schools
02 Jun 2021 (final entry 5 May)
05 Jun 2021 (final entry 7 May)


A2 Key & B1 Preliminary
08 May 2021 (final entry 9 Apr)
20 Jul 2021 (final entry 23 Jun)
13 Nov 2021 (final entry 15 Oct)
Exam 2021 Fees
A2 Key/B1 Preliminary  £100
B2 First  £155
C1 Advanced  £160
C2 Proficiency  £165


To download Paper-based exam day tips, click here.

To download Computer-based exam day tips, click here.

To download Speaking test day tips, click here.


I knew CAE would help me later in life when applying for jobs, or just as something extra special in my CV. However, I mostly did it to challenge myself. (Linda)


I wanted to be able to study at a British university and have an advanced, internationally-recognised English certificate that could be used for further study and in my career. Cambridge is known for excellence and is revered in some countries.  (Delphine)

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