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100 years of Cambridge English exams celebrated at Cambridge Guildhall
2/23/2013

The Mayor of Cambridge and Julian Huppert MP were among the guests at a celebration to mark 100 years of Cambridge English exams at the Guildhall in Cambridge last night.

The event and exhibition showed how the Cambridge English exams have grown from humble beginnings to being taken by millions of people around the globe every year. To mark the occasion, 350 delegates saw the unveiling of a specially commissioned slate plaque carrying the inscription Knowledge, Innovation and Excellence – designed by the Cambridge-based Cardozo Kindersley workshop.

The exhibition showed how the Cambridge English story began in 1913 when three candidates in the UK took the first Cambridge English exam. Dr Mike Milanovic, Chief Executive of Cambridge English Language Assessment explained how the first Cambridge English exam lasted over 12 hours and it included translation, dictation and phonetic transcription. Commenting on how exams have changed, Dr Milanovic said:

“Each year Cambridge English exams are taken by over 4 million candidates around the world and focus on the real-life communications skills candidates need for success at university, in the workplace and for immigration. This enormous growth reflects how English has evolved into a key skill needed to achieve competitive advantage.”

This was the first in a series of similar events around the globe.

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100 years of Cambridge English exams celebrated at Cambridge Guildhall
The Mayor of Cambridge and Julian Huppert MP were among the guests at a celebration to mark 100 years of Cambridge English exams at the Guildhall in Cambridge last night.