How long do I need to study to improve my IELTS score?
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Guided learning hours
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How many hours do I need to prepare for my exam?
Research suggests that it takes approximately 200 guided learning hours for a language learner to progress from one level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to the next.
For example, a candidate who has passed Cambridge English: First (FCE), aligned to level B2 on the CEFR, might need approximately 200 hours of lessons and supervised study to prepare for the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), which is aligned to level C1.
However, there are a number of factors that can affect how long it might take you to achieve your desired level of English, including:
- your language learning background
- the intensity of your study
- your age
- the amount of study/exposure outside of lesson times
The table below suggests how many hours you might need to spend to reach each level of the CEFR, but remember these figures are intended as a guideline only. You may require more or less time and support depending on your own needs.
Common European Framework Guided Learning Hours (from beginner level)
||Cambridge English Exam
||Number of Hours (approximate)
||Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
||Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
||Cambridge English: First (FCE)
||Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)
||Cambridge English: Key (KET)