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Cambridge Exams, TOEFL and IELTS at the Münchner Volkshochschule

Exam dates and preparation courses

The Munich Volkshochschule offers exam preparation courses for the following tests and exams:

  • B1 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency
  • B1 Business Preliminary, B2 Business Vantage, C1 Business Higher

The Munich Volkshochschule is a centre authorised by Cambridge Assessment English.


  1. What’s the difference between the Cambridge exams and IELTS/TOEFL?  
    IELTS and TOEFL are a test of your current level whereas the Cambridge exams are examinations for which you improve your level of English. IELTS and TOEFL certificates have an expiry date (2 years), Cambridge certificates do not expire (although many institutions require a certificate not older than 2 years). All Cambridge exams are widely recognized by Colleges, Universities, Employers and Education Authorities around the world. 
  2. Which exam/test should I take?
    If you are applying for a Masters course or to emigrate to an English speaking country and need a certificate quickly an IELTS or TOEFL certificate will usually be enough, however, if you would like to work on improving your current level of English and have time to do this then a Cambridge Certificate would be advisable.

    If you need to present a certificate at a school or University, please check to find out exactly what they will accept.
  3. Can I do a preparation course at the Munich Volkshochschule?
    Yes, check out which >> exam preparation courses we have on offer at the moment.
  4. Can I do the IELTS or TOEFL Test at the Munich Volkshochschule?
    No, book your IELTS test at www.ielts.org or your TOEFL test at www.ets.org/toefl
  5. Can I do the Cambridge exam at the Munich Volkshochschule?
    Yes, we would recommend you take one of our  >> exam preparation courses and then take the exam at our centre. However, if you are in a hurry, you do not have to take a preparation course, you can >> register for the exam straight away. Most of our exams are now computer-based. 

    You are welcome to take our placement test before you register for an exam to make sure you are at the right level to pass it.
  6. What is computer-based testing (CBT)? What are the advantages?
    All components of the exam except for the speaking part are done on computer in our modern computer room. The main advantage of computer-based testing v paper-based testing (PBT) is that the results are much quicker to arrive (2-3 weeks for CBT, 6-8 weeks for PBT). Another advantage is of course that you are allowed to complete the writing component on the computer rather than hand-written.
  7. How long does it take to get the results of my Cambridge exam?
    The results are generally available two to three weeks after the exam date. You will receive an access code and a notification once they are published.
  8. Can I do a preparation course without taking the exam?
    Yes, some people find that the exam preparation courses give them all the English practice and improvement that they need even if they do not want/need a certificate. You can make the decision as to whether you want to take the exam approximately 4-6 weeks before the exam date.
  9. Can I do a Cambridge exam without taking a course?
    While it is not advisable, it is possible to take the exam at our centre without taking a preparation course. If you decide to take the exam without a preparation course, it is in your best interests to find out the structure of the exam and what is expected of you in each part. There are many exam practice tests books on the market. Please note, our staff cannot help you with questions during the exam. Follow the link for a list of  >> upcoming exams.
  10. Which Cambridge exam should I start with?
    To find out which exam you should start with please complete one of our placement tests:
    – Online (login details available from englischtest@mvhs.de) or 
    – in person, in Gasteig Monday/Tuesday 9am to 1pm, Wednesday/Thursday 2pm to 7pm

    Contact englishexams@mvhs.de for further information
  11. What is Cambridge’s Data Privacy Policy?
    Please read the >> Cambridge Privacy Policy. Please note that on the exam day we have to take a photo of you on behalf of Cambridge, that will be saved there together with your results.

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