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Exam preparation programmes

At Kings, we offer preparation courses for a range of English language exams, focusing on both British and American English. Across all five locations, you can prepare for the world-renowned Cambridge English: First (FCE) and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exams, with 8, 10 or 12 week courses.

In the UK, we also offer extensive preparation for the IELTS exam, with a Super Intensive option if you require more in-depth tuition. In the US, you can also prepare for the TOEFL®  exam and the SAT, GMAT and GRE tests for university entrance.

Testing your English before you arrive

For all English language courses but especially for courses which are aimed at preparing you for a specific English language test, it is extremely important for us to know what your level of English is before you arrive.

Knowing our proficient you are, will allow us to judge whether you can prepare for a specific exam in the timescale of a programme or if you need additional tuition and time.

When we receive a booking for an English language course, as part of the admissions process, we send the student a test.

We ask the student to do this on their own as receiving help from someone else will only invalidate the test. We test all students on the first day of their course anyway and if the level of English does not correspond to that of the Pre-arrival test, we will be forced to change study plan for the student and in some cases, send the student back to their country.

IELTS Testing Centre in Oxford

Kings has been running the IELTS Testing Centre in Oxford since 1996.

This means you can prepare and do the test with us.

For more information about the Testing Centre and to apply to sit the IELTS test see the IELTS Testing Centre page.


Our Exam Preparation courses are:

IELTS Preparation

This full-time course is designed to develop your general language skills whilst providing specialist preparation for the IELTS exam. View »

Super Intensive IELTS

This is a full-time, very intensive course, which concentrates 100% on IELTS preparation and is designed to prepare you thoroughly for the exam in as short a time as possible. View »

TOEFL iBT Preparation

This course will prepare you thoroughly for the TOEFL® iBT exam. Exam practice and technique are both included in the course. View »


These test preparation courses combine online modules with class-based tuition in a self-paced learning environment. View »