ACCREDITATION OF CAMBRIDGE LANGUAGE EXAMINATIONS EXTENDED UNTIL 90 DAYS AFTER THE END OF THE EMERGENCY.

Dear Interested Parties! We are pleased to announce that the accredited Hungarian certificate will also be provided in addition to the Cambridge language exam certificate for those who have not registered for a Cambridge language exam due to the uncertainty before the declaration of the emergency, but have contacted our center before.

The date for the resumption of the examination will be determined on the basis of applicable government regulations and health recommendations, as ensuring the health of our candidates will continue to be important to us. In the meantime, you can apply for the announced exam dates on our website. We will notify all our registered candidates of the resumption of the examination by email no later than 10 days before the examination. For those who in the meantime decide to cancel the exam, we will refund the full exam fee.

Cambridge Assessment English’s range of examinations have been nationally accredited in Hungary since 2003, with re-accreditation due every two years. British Council is in discussion with Cambridge Assessment English and the Hungarian Education Authority (Oktatási Hivatal) with the aim of ensuring that the accredited status of these examinations can be retained. These discussions are ongoing, with accredited status currently guaranteed until the end of June 2020.

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.

We believe that the Hungarian accreditation system is richer with Cambridge English Qualifications in it: when students are prepared for a high-quality exam, it ensures high-quality teaching and so leads to high-quality learning. We will continue to make every effort to reach an agreement that ensures that accreditation continues beyond June 2020, and we are optimistic that a solution will be found to secure accreditation in the long term. We will provide any updates on the issue as soon as they are available.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Will I receive an accredited certificate if my exam is before 14th June but my certificate will be issued later?

A: Yes, all candidates who take one of the Cambridge Assessment English exams below before 14th June 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 14th June 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 14th June 2020 can claim money back from the Hungarian government for their exam. For further details please visit our Information about exam fee rebate FAQ. 

Q: Will I receive an accredited certificate if my exam is after 14th June 2020?

A: Candidates who take a Cambridge Assessment English exam after 14th June 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 14th June?

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