IMPORTANT CHANGE - The accreditation of Cambridge language examinations has been suspended for the time being. As of September, candidates will only receive the international Cambridge certificate. 

As soon as we have further information about the accreditation status we will notify candidates and those interested on this website. 

 

Cambridge English Qualifications are recognised by over 25,000 universities, employers and governments around the world. More than 7 million Cambridge English qualifications and tests were taken last year. Cambridge Assessment English has over 2,800 exam centres in 130 countries, including Hungary. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) was developed with heavy input from Cambridge Assessment English. The Hungarian exams system uses the CEFR as a basis for level definitions.

Cambridge Assessment English’s range of examinations have been nationally accredited in Hungary since 2003, with re-accreditation due every two years.

Negotiations are currently underway between the Cambridge Assessment English and the Hungarian Education Authority (Oktatási Hivatal). The British Council, as the Hungarian organizer of the Cambridge exams, participates in these negotiations as a mediator.

According to the current state of negotiations, accreditation will only be granted until the end of August 2020. From September, accreditation for Cambridge language exams will be suspended for at least 90 days. This means that in the upcoming months, candidates will only receive the international Cambridge certificate, but not the Hungarian state-recognized certificate. Candidates can apply for a state-recognised certificate from the Education Office through a naturalisation procedure.

Please read the following frequently asked questions section:

Frequently asked questions

Q: Will I receive an accredited certificate if my exam is before 31 August 2020 but my certificate will be issued later?

A: Yes, all candidates who take one of the Cambridge Assessment English exams below before 31 August 2020 will receive an internationally recognised certificate issued by Cambridge Assessment English, as well as the accredited Hungarian certificate issued by the Accreditation Centre for Foreign Language Examinations.

·         Cambridge Assessment English: First (B2, FCE)

·         Cambridge Assessment English: Advanced (C1, CAE)

·         Cambridge Assessment English: Proficiency (C2, CPE – accredited at C1 level).

Q: Can I claim money back from the Hungarian government for my Cambridge Assessment English exam if my test is before 31 August 2020?

A: Yes, candidates under the age of 35 (but over the age of 14) who take a successful First, Advanced or Proficiency  Cambridge Assessment English exam before 31 August 2020 can claim money back from the Hungarian government for their exam. 

Q: Will I receive an accredited certificate if my exam is after 31 August 2020?

A: Candidates who take a Cambridge Assessment English exam after 31 August 2020 will receive an internationally recognised certificate issued by Cambridge Assessment English. In the event that National accreditation for the suite of Cambridge Assessment English exams ceases after the 14th of June, this internationally recognised certificate which candidates receive can be nationalised (nostrified) in order to be used for the same purposes as an accredited language exam in Hungary. Candidates can request the nationalisation from the Educational Authority (Oktatási Hivatal - Nyelvvizsgáztatási Akkreditációs Központ) for a nominal fee (more information on this is available here).

Q: Can I claim money back from the Hungarian government for my Cambridge Assessment English exam if my test is after 31st August?

A: No, however, the nationalisation fee can be claimed back from the Hungarian government.

Q: How can I claim back the nationalisation fee?

A: Candidates need to ask for a certificate of payment issued by the Educational Authority.

Q: How much does the nationalisation (nostrification) cost?

A: The fee of the nationalisation process currently is 10,000 Ft.

Q: What is the nationalisation procedure?

A: The candidate hands in the following documents to the Educational Authority by post or in person:

•An attested copy of the Cambridge Assessment English certificate

•A completed "Request form"

•The proof of payment of the nationalisation fee.

For more information, please visit the Educational Authority website.

 

Q: Will the British Council help with the nationalisation?

A: Yes, the British Council will provide the attested copy of the Cambridge Assessment English certificate. Candidates who would like to nationalise their certificates will receive the attested copy together with their certificate issued by Cambridge Assessment English.  

Q: Can a nationalised certificate be used in the same way in Hungary as an accredited certificate?

A: Yes, a nationalised (nostrified) certificate it can be used for the same purposes as an accredited language exam in Hungary.

 

Q: How long will my nationalised Cambridge Assessment English certificate be valid?

A: Nationalisation does not affect the validity period.

 

If you have any further questions, please contact us at information@britishcouncil.hu