Dedicated to you

English Exam Preparation (Year Round)

The Exam Preparation courses at our school are focused on teaching techniques that help achieve your desired grade in your chosen examination. All Exams are conducted in external exam centres. 

In these courses you learn about how the exams works, what the examiners will be looking for and you will get plenty of practice using the types of questions you will see in the exam. We will give you the guidance to enter the exam of your choice in confidence.

An Exam class is not designed to simply improve your English ability, but rather it teaches you how to get the best possible score in the exam, which means using your language skills fast.


IELTS Exam Preparation


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is recognised worldwide and evaluates the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work in English speaking countries or environments such as university or in the workplace.


Excellent results 


Excellent success rates


Accepted in all English speaking countries


An IELTS exam result is useful if you intend to study at an English speaking university because it is widely recognised by UK and other English speaking countries like Australia and Canada university.  It is also recognised by the UK Border Agency as a SELT (Secure English Language Test) for visa purposes.

We offer group classes in the morning and in the afternoon. In these sessions you will develop your general English language skills, focusing on listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as grammar and vocabulary.


Dedicated to your journey

Regardless if you study 15, 21 or 30 hours per week, this course is designed not only to deliver good exam techniques, but to improve your language skills in general.

Students take the IELTS exam for various reasons, e.g for university, a future career, or simply for personal development. Whatever your reason, we make sure you get the guidance and support that you need, delivered by experienced, knowledgeable professionals.

 Test Format

General English + Exam Preparation



Our General English and Cambridge exam preparation course is a combination course which runs all year around. Our experienced teachers use a course book as well as source out resources to support and enhance the learning process. 

A combined course is aimed at students who want to enhance their general English skills as well as prepare for an exam. It offers expert guidance on how to pass exams at a high level while allowing students to gain fluency and confidence in English and 21st Century Skills. As a package, this course prepares you not only for an exam and eventually for studies but also for modern life and international careers.

The General English course is integrated with skills training in Exam Preparation and extra exam techniques training is provided in additional sessions.

Your Course


Helps you with exam preparation


Helps you achieve your

language goals

Guides you on exam techniques


Offers you support




Students can study 15, 21  or 30 hours per week. The Intensive courses study the same lessons as described for General course. The afternoon classes further intensify the tuition and boost the learning with additional exam preparation or through fluency practise. 
A intensive General Language/Exam course includes lessons in the mornings and afternoons, with the morning sessions focusing on contemporary topics, general vocabulary, and grammar. The afternoon programme is dedicated to improving your exam technique to help you achieve your exam goals.

Cambridge FCE + CAE Exam Preparation


Our Cambridge Exam Preparation courses are designed to meet our students' needs. At Lexis School of English we have been successfully preparing our students to pass their chosen exam with confidence. Cambridge English exams are accepted by over 20,000 universities and employers around the world as proof of your level of English. So whether you want to take a Cambridge exam to study at a university or for work or even for your personal development, these courses will be right for you.





Accepted worldwide


Reassures universities that you are able

to follow an academic course

Reassures employers of your

communicative skills

Teaches you be confident

in your language ability



       Key Facts

B2 First C1 Advanced
Formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE) Formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
It is the most popular exam, accepted by thousands of businesses and educational institutions worldwide. It is the in-depth, high-level qualification that shows you have the language skills that employers and universities are looking for.

You will be able to:

  • communicate effectively face-to-face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
  • follow the news
  • write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view
  • write letters, reports, stories and lots of other types of text.

You will be able to:

  • follow an academic course at university level
  • communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level
  • participate with confidence in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars
  • express yourself with a high level of fluency.
Exam Format Exam Format


Key facts

Age of student 16+
Language level

IELTS: minimum 4.5 (CEFR B1)

Cambridge exams: PET, FCE, CAE, CPE

Maximal class size

Average 10 students, Maximum 16 students*.

You may share your class with other Full Time and Part Time students.

Course start dates Weekly, every Monday
Course length From 1 week
School closures

The school is closed from Monday 18th December 2023 until Monday 1st January 2024 for Christmas and New Year.      

The school is also closed on the following public holidays in 2024:

Friday 29th March, Monday 1st April, Monday 6th May, Monday 27th May,  Monday 26th August

Holiday entitlement

You can take a maximum of two weeks’ holiday for every 12 consecutive weeks you are at the school and you must give 2 weeks' notice.

We advise you not to take holidays during an examination course

* In exceptional circumstances, there may occasionally be 17 students in a class for a maximum of two days.

Important: 16 and 17 year olds require parental/guardian permission.

Full Time English students and Part Time English students are integrated into the same classes.  

Course Content

All courses use a coursebook as well as supplementary materials.

There are regular mock exams students can take in order to keep track of their progress and practice their exam skills under exam conditions. 

The classes build on the work covered in the main classes, focusing on specific sections of the exam as well as overall fluency. The teachers use a range of methodologies and activities to help students learn and use the language.

This course will focus on:

 Key topics/subjects that are often in the exams

 Authentic exam practice (Regular practice of reading, speaking and listening)

 General language improvement (grammar and vocabulary that the exam focuses)

 Specific exam related language focus

 Study and exam skills practice

Upgrade with 1-1 lessons

You can accelerate your learning progress and improve faster by combining your group classes with private lessons in the morning or in the afternoon.



Course Aims

Our Cambridge Exam Preparation courses will give you the tools to maximise your chance of passing the exam and achieve as high a grade as possible. You will learn with teachers with experience in teaching the Cambridge Exam Preparation course. 

Students who successfully complete a Cambridge English Exam Preparation course:

 Gain confidence in their use of English

 Have a good understanding of the skills and language required for the exam

 Will be more confident when interacting with native speakers

 Can use English more fluently and be comfortable in spontaneous situations

 Can face the demands of the exam with confidence

Will progress into higher education institutions often require a Cambridge certificate

Why choose the Cambridge Exam Preparation?

There are many reasons why you should take a Cambridge English Exam


The main reason is because Cambridge English exams cover all skills. They really do help you to improve all your English.
Step by step you will develop all your skills: speaking, writing, reading and listening.
They also help you to build up your confidence to use English in real life.


But there are more:

It’s more than just a test – the content of the course guarantees solid and useful learning
You can take a Cambridge English exam at all levels by following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
It's proof of your level of English
Employers, schools and universities around the world will recognise your Cambridge exam. Cambridge University has been preparing English exams for international students of over 100 years. Over 20,000 organisations accept Cambridge English certificates around the world
Enables you to work with like-minded people from other countries
Enhance your CV and future professional success
These exams will help you to use the English that we use in real life. When you prepare the exams, you will improve your English for everyday life, work and study. You will be able to communicate and work with people from all over the world


And last but not least.....

Assurance - Cambridge has one of the world’s largest language research teams to design their Cambridge English exams


Course Fees

Course Fees (per week)

Number of weeks




25 plus

GE & EP 15am





GE & EP 15pm





GE & EP 21





GE & EP 24





GE & EP 27





GE & EP 30







  • Either 15, 21, 24, 27 or 30 of Exam Preparation classes per week 
  • Opportunity for self-study 
  • Regular reviews, tutorials & progress tests 
  • Individual & group needs analysis 
  • Advice & help to register for Cambridge English, IELTS exams & UK university entrance 
  • Regular social activities - please contact the school office to request a sample

Please note: Some social activities are free or included in your course fees. For other social activities, there are additional fees that you will have to pay for. Please click here to view the approximate cost of leisure activities in London.

Please note: Exam fees are not included in the course fees. 

Registration Fee




  • Course books & materials (£30-£40)

  • Student ID card

  • 60 minute placement

  • Level assessment interview

  • Induction and welcome

  • End of course Certificate completion

Not included



  • Exam Fees
  • Travel Card

For Students Aged Under 18

At Lexis we put the safety and security of students aged under 18 first.


Students aged 16 and 17 are enrolled on our English language courses for adults and do not have any special supervision.  However, we do have additional and very important rules for them.  

These special rules are explained at the first day induction and are in our Code of Conduct for Under 18s that the student must sign, and also our Parental Consent Form that both the parents and student must sign. The students will also have a meeting every week with the welfare officer.


Below are some of the ways in which we safeguard 16 and 17 year olds:


  • All our staff members have completed enhanced police checks before starting work with Under 18s at Lexis. This includes teachers, activity staff, group leaders, other school staff and homestay hosts.
  • All our staff members have received at least basic level safeguarding training.
  • Two members of the management team have received advanced and specialist safeguarding training.
  • Trained first aiders are present all the time on the school premises and staff leading off-site activities are also first aid trained.            


  • We maintain a maximum staff/student ratio of 1:16 in the classroom and 1:15 on school trips.


  • 16 – 17 year olds will come into regular contact with other students over the age of 18, in class and during the leisure programme


  • 16 – 17 year olds will be walking or taking public transport alone between the school and their accommodation. All students will be shown the route.
  • Students have to report to reception when they arrive at school in the morning. If a student has not arrived 10 minutes into the start of the lesson, the welfare officer will try to locate him/ her.
  • Students are allowed to leave the school building at break times and lunchtime, with no supervision. They are responsible for buying their own lunch during the week, unless arranged otherwise.
  • Students have to report to reception when they leave at the end of the day.


  • Students will not be supervised outside their classes, unless on organised social activities.
  • We have comprehensive measures in place to safeguard all students while on any trips and excursions, for example clear safety guidelines and risk assessments for each activity and trip.
  • There are certain British laws (e.g. related to smoking and drinking alcohol) that apply to people aged under 18. As a consequence, there may be some leisure activities which 16 and 17 year olds cannot take part in because of their age.
  • If 16 and 17 year old students take part in a day trip organised by a third party tour operator, they will be responsible for themselves and will be unsupervised for the duration of the trip. They will be responsible for arriving at the relevant meeting point on time and will have to return back home if they miss the coach.


  • Students are allowed to have unsupervised free time in London after their classes. They must return for their evening meal to their homestay and if not, they must inform the homestay every time they are eating out. They must return to their homestay before 22.00 (Monday – Friday).
  • On Saturday and Sunday, students must return to their homestay before 22.00 (16 yr. olds) or 22.30 (17 yr. olds). If they are late, they must phone their homestay host to tell them where they are and when they will be home. They must follow the safety guidelines provided by Lexis School of English.

If they are more than 30 min late without contacting their homestay, the homestay will contact the school and the school will try to locate the student. The parents/legal guardians will be contacted immediately.


  • When students leave the school after lunch for their afternoon Real English activities, their activity leader and/ or group leader will sign them out of the school building.
  • At the end of the afternoon Real English activities, students will be allowed to return home independently providing a parent/ guardian has agreed when completing our Parental Consent Form.
  • Students are allowed unsupervised free time in London after the end of the afternoon programme and to return before 22.00. (Monday – Friday). They must inform the homestay every time they are eating out.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, students must return to their homestay before 22.00 (16 yr. olds) or 22.30 (17 yr. olds). If they are late, they must phone their homestay host to tell them where they are and when they will be home. They must follow the safety guidelines provided by Lexis School of English.


  • Students can arrange to speak to the Welfare Officer during normal school hours (9:00am – 5:00pm) to discuss any problems.
  • We provide a 24 hour emergency contact number for students to ring if they have any serious problems outside normal school hours.


  • For more details please see the following links to our policies:

  • More information will be shared with you upon registration, e.g. handbooks and safety guidelines etc.


Cambridge Exams and IELTS

You will be given the opportunity to practise your exam skills during our regular mock exams.

Mock exam dates are released monthly for the month ahead.


Cambridge Exams
You can book to take the following Cambridge exams when registering or after creating an online Lexis account:
B1 Preliminary, formerly known as Cambridge English Preliminary (PET)
B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English First (FCE)
C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
We advise you on dates and procedures and register you by the given deadlines.
Exam Fees from around £200


IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
As a Cambridge exam preparation centre Lexis prepares you for the IELTS exam, however we are unable to register you for it. 
Advice on how to register is given. Please ask in reception
Exam Fees from £200


Exam Dates 2024

What to expect on exam day


2024 B2 FCE Exam Dates   (Paper-based) Closing dates

Sat 02 Mar 24
Fri 15 Mar 24
Sat 20 Apr 24
Sat 18 May 24
Sat 01 Jun 24
Tue 04 Jun 24
Sat 15 Jun 24
Thu 25 Jul 24
Thu 22 Aug 24

Sat 05 Oct 24

Sat 09 Nov 24

Tue 26 Nov 24

Sat 14 Dec 24


Closing dates are around one month before the exam. However, we recommend booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

2024 C1 CAE Exam Dates  (Paper-based) Closing dates

Sat 13 Jan 24
Sat 03 Feb 24
Wed 21 Feb 24
Sat 09 Mar 24
Sat 16 Mar 24
Sat 20 Apr 24
Sat 04 May 24
Tue 14 May 24
Sat 18 May 24
Sat 01 Jun 24
Wed 05 Jun 24

Sat 15 Jun 24

Sat 06 Jul 24

Fri 26 Jul 24

Fri 23 Aug 24

Sat 07 Sep 24

Sat 19 Oct 24

Sat 09 Nov 24

Sat 16 Nov 24

Wed 27 Nov 24

Sat 07 Dec 24

Sat 14 Dec 24

Closing dates are around one month before the exam. However, we recommend booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


2024 B2 FCE Exam Dates  (Computer-based) Closing dates

Sat 13 Jan 24
Sat 24 Feb 24
Sat 16 Mar 24
Tue 09 Apr 24
Tue 14 May 24
Sat 18 May 24

Thu 06 Jun 24

Sat 08 Jun 24

Sat 22 Jun 24

Sat 06 Jul 24

Fri 26 Jul 24

Sat 31 Aug 24

Wed 25 Sep 24

Sat 19 Oct 24

Fri 15 Nov 24

Fri 22 Nov 24

Sat 30 Nov 24

Fri 13 Dec 24

ASAP (up to 9 days prior to the registration closing date, subject to availability)
2024 C1 CAE Exam Dates  (Computer-based) Closing dates

Sat 20 Jan 24
Sat 24 Feb 24
Fri 08 Mar 24
Sat 06 Apr 24
Tue 07 May 24
Thu 16 May 24
Sat 25 May 24
Tue 04 Jun 24
Sat 08 Jun 24

Sat 22 Jun 24

Sat 13 Jul 24

Sat 27 Jul 24

Sat 31 Aug 24

Sat 14 Sep 24

Sat 26 Oct 24

Sat 09 Nov 24

Sat 23 Nov 24

Fri 29 Nov 24

Wed 11 Dec 24

ASAP (up to 9 days prior to the registration closing date, subject to availability)

Introduction to the Cambridge English Scale

Lexis is an official Cambridge exam preparation centre and we have successfully prepared hundreds of students in the past. Cambridge English published this video, which provides an overview of the scale, what it is, how it works and the benefits it brings to candidates, teachers, institutions and other users of our exams.


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