Cambridge Assessment English Exams have become equivalent to the state-recognised, accredited language examination systems in Hungary.

 

We are pleased to announce that pursuant to the Government Decree on Language Examinations, Cambridge English language exams (B1, B2,C1 and C2 levels) have been granted a status of equivalence to state-accredited exams in Hungary. This means that candidates who successfully pass a Cambridge English exam after 24 December 2020 will receive certificates which will be accepted in Hungary as if they were state-accredited exams, and there will be no need to have these certificates nationalised.

As the amendment to the legislation is still very new, certain details are left to be clarified. We are working with the relevenat government agencies to obtain the answers. As soon as further information about the new rules becomes available, we will be updating the information on the website and we will notify all registered candidates by email.

 

Do I have to nationalise my Cambridge English certificate if I want to use it for higher educational purposes in Hungary?

You only need to nationalise your certificate if you took your Cambridge exam in Hungary between 16 September 2020 – 24 December 2020. 

Before 16 September 2020 all candidates who passed their exam, received a Hungarian language certificate together with the international Cambridge certificate, so they have to use them together to be accepted in the admission process. (felveteli eljaras)

You can read more about the nationalisation process here on the Educational Authority’s homepage. 

Candidates who will take their Cambridge exam in Hungary after 24 December 2020 and pass the exam successfully, will receive certificates which will be accepted in Hungary similarly to state-accredited exam certificates, and there will be no need to have these certificates nationalised. Please see details below. 

     PET certificate are equivalent to B1 general, monolingual, complex accredited language certificate 

     FCE certificates are equivalent to B2 general, monolingual, complex accredited language certificate 

     CAE certificates are equivalent to C1 general, monolingual, complex accredited language certificate 

 

     CPE certificates are equivalent to C1 general, monolingual, complex accredited language certificate 

Will the C2 Proficiency level exam certificate be accepted in Hungary?

 Yes. A Cambridge C2 Proficiency certificate is accepted in Hungary as a C1 general, monolingual, complex accredited language certificate. 

Can the nationalised certificate be used for the same purposes as the Hungarian accredited certificate?

 Yes, it can be used for the same purposes as the accredited certificate – it can be used in the higher educational admission process or you can use them to obtain your diploma (degree work) in Hungary. 

Can I claim money back from the Hungarian State Treasury if I successfully pass my Cambridge English exam?

Since 16 September 2020 Cambridge English examination is not part of the Hungarian government’s social assistance program designed for young adults and known as „First language certificate for free”. 

From 25 December 2020, the Cambridge English exams are equivalent to state-accredited exams in Hungary, however this change does not change the fact that the exam fee cannot be claimed back from the government after your Cambridge English exam.

On the Hungarian Treasury’s website: click here.  

You can read more about on the Erzsébet Ifjúsági Alap’s (Erzsébet Youth Foundation) website: click here.

Can I take a For Schools exam in 2021?

Yes, we are planning to announce dates very soon. The first dates are expected to be announced in March.  

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