Addvantage is the British Council's examinations member scheme for public and paritarie schools who register candidates to take exams with us each year. It's our way of saying thank you and of welcoming our new customers.

We've structured our member scheme around attractive benefits and enhanced services. Addvantage offers a range of support with exam preparation and access to everything the British Council has to offer in high quality resources for learning, teaching and assessing English.

You can join Addvantage if your school registers candidates with us for Cambridge English Qualifications.

How does Addvantage work?

You will qualify for a membership level depending on the number of exams you register with us in the academic year. We offer three membership levels:

Number of registrations Level of membership
20 to 70 Basic
71 to 140 Premium
141 and above Premium plus

As you move up the levels you will enjoy greater benefits as a thank you for continuing to choose the British Council as your exams provider. 

For the academic year, 01/09/2019 to 31/08/2020, your level of membership is defined by the total number of registrations for paper-based and computer-based exam registrations for Cambridge English Qualifications you made with us in the previous academic year: 01 September 2018 to 31 August 2019. The total number of registrations during that period entitles you to one of three levels of membership

As an Addvantage member, your school will receive benefits for students, teachers and school itself based on your level of membership. For more information about benefits, please contact our Exams team.

How do I register candidates with the British Council and join Addvantage?

It’s easy to start registering your students for exams with the British Council and join our Addvantage member scheme. We will guide you with your students’ registration and take care of all the exam administration.

Please contact us for more information about offering exams and tell us about your school and your students’ exam needs. We are here to help you to get started.

  1. Register your candidates for exams quickly and easily with our group registration form
  2. Receive all the information and support you need to get started
  3. Start enjoying your membership benefits right away 
  4. Continue to register candidates each year to automatically renew your membership.

Why register candidates to take exams with the British Council?

Our heritage.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. 

Our work in English aims to bring high-quality language materials to every learner and teacher who wants them. In developing and post-conflict countries, we teach English and train teachers through radio, web and TV broadcasts. We offer more than three million UK examinations worldwide, helping people gain access to trusted qualifications to support their career and study prospects.

We have worked in Italy for more than 75 years promoting a vibrant and high-quality programme of educational and cultural relations activities. We provide English courses to adults and young learners in our centres in Rome, Naples and Milan and we deliver Exams session and Exams preparation in more than 400 schools and 45 cities across the country, working with public and private schools, language centres and higher education institutions.

Our expertise.

Over 70 examination boards and educational institutions trust us to deliver their exams around the world. We are recognised for our integrity and professionalism in delivering high-quality exam services and English teaching and training. Our expert level of knowledge and skill in examination management ensures the delivery of exams is 100 per cent secure, transparent and fully compliant with exam board regulations.  

We can organise exam day sessions from small to very large groups of candidates for a wide range of exam dates and locations. Your students can take exams in a modern and comfortable venue or we may be able to organise the exam at your school. The exams we offer are widely known and recognised by schools, universities and employers in Italy and around the world. We are leaders in delivering computer-based tests.

Your assurance.

When you register your students to take exams with the British Council you will enjoy the benefits of working with a trusted and professional organisation. We care about your students’ success in exams and in their lives beyond the classroom. You can rest assured that we listen to your assessment needs and tailor our exam services to meet them. 

Our dedicated exams team works together with you to make sure the exam registration process is easy. On the day of the exam our highly-trained and approachable staff ensure that everyone’s experience of taking an exam with us is positive and fair. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for children and adults to take exams. 

Your advantage.

As an Addvantage member you will receive an attractive package of benefits and enhanced services according to your membership level along with our commitment to you as one of our partners. Addvantage offers your students and teachers support and training with exam preparation. We provide parents with information and guidance about exams and organise events and competitions to motivate your students and celebrate their success. By working with us you can access opportunities to promote your school and grow your network.

Addvantage is more than exams alone. It’s about helping students, teachers and schools to perform to the best of their ability and benefit from everything the British Council has to offer in resources for learning, teaching and assessing English and developing cultural relations with the UK.

Benefits for Students

  • Access to LearnEnglish Exams from the British Council: Our innovative and personalised practice website for Cambridge English Qualifications B2 First, B2 First for Schools and C1 Advanced. LearnEnglish Exams is available to all candidates that you register for these exams. Candidates can gain advice, tips, strategies and online practice in Listening, Reading, Use of English, Writing and Speaking.
  • British Council posters with hints and tips to help your candidates prepare for Cambridge English Qualifications: B1 Preliminary, B2 First, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.
  • Opportunity for students and teachers to participate in our Our Future competition for exam candidates across Europe and win fantastic prizes.

Benefits for Teachers

  • One complementary book of your choice per member provided by Cambridge University Press from a selection of their English Language Teaching 2020 catalogue.
  • Invitation to our annual British Council Conference for Teachers.
  • Invitations to our Addvantage workshops for teachers.
  • One complementary 20-hour online methodology course ‘Understanding assessment’ with certificate of completion provided by Cambridge University Press. Further info about courses:

Benefits for Schools

  • Start of year pack with British Council Addvantage and Cambridge Assessment English promotional materials.
  • Our Addvantage logo for your digital and printed promotional materials following our guidelines of use.
  • A certificate to display on your premises indicating your Addvantage membership.
  • An attractive membership plaque for Premium Plus members to display on your premises.
  • Our Addvantage newsletter with exam information, advice and tips for exam preparation, upcoming events and more.
  • Our guide to English language exams and helping children with exam preparation for parents.
  • Information and guidance on the range of free high-quality online learning and teaching resources available from Cambridge Assessment English, Cambridge University Press and British Council.

What do our members say about us?

“Many years have passed since the students of my school started taking the exams through the British Council in Rome. There has always been great professionality, ready response to all kinds of problems and constant improvement of the organization itself with greater and greater care of the candidates’ needs. This year has been even better in terms of attention and support and we cannot but thank a lot for the great job done.”  Liceo Scientifico Statale Pasteur, Roma

“We are very pleased with all the staff at the British Council. We have been holding the main suite exams at our school for many years and so can see at first-hand how professional and friendly the invigilators, supervisors and British Council examiners are. Problems that have arisen have been dealt with promptly and professionally and with the minimum of fuss. We always recommend that students and friends take their exams at the British Council as it is easy to book, and they will be well looked after.” I.I.S. Croce-Aleramo, Roma

Our exam partner

Our exam partner is Cambridge Assessment English.

The British Council in Italy has long standing experience of arranging Cambridge English Qualifications for Cambridge Assessment English across the country.

The British Council collaborates with Cambridge Assessment English in 50 countries with the aim of helping people learn English and proving their skills to the world. Cambridge English Qualifications reflect a path towards learning English, step by step. They include a range of exams that motivate people of all ages and abilities to learn English and develop practical skills for the real world. These qualifications are recognised by over 20,000 thousand organisations world-wide.

Our official sponsor

Our official Addvantage sponsor is Cambridge University Press.

The official sponsor of the Addvantage member scheme 

Cambridge University Press collaborates with the British Council in the Addvantage member scheme to support learners and teachers by providing information and convenient access to the official exam preparation materials and more. Addvantage members receive exclusive benefits from Cambridge University Press booksellers and online training courses developed by their teacher development experts which introduce the principles of assessment and teaching of exam levels for Cambridge English Qualifications and IELTS.

The only official exam preparation materials

Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment English have brought together their expertise to develop the official exam preparation materials for Cambridge qualifications and tests. Working in collaboration, they have developed a range of official courses, support materials and practice tests for learners and teachers to prepare for Cambridge English Qualifications and IELTS. Cambridge University Press is the only publisher who develops the official preparation materials for Cambridge exams.

For more information, visit their website: