Nee, een school die Cambridge Engels aanbiedt, geeft versterkt talenonderwijs. Er worden dan geen andere vakken (dan Engels) in het Engels aangeboden dus er wordt door de leerlingen veel minder Engels gesproken dan op een tto-school. Een school die Cambridge Engels aanbiedt staat niet onder controle van het Nuffic en hoeft dus ook niet aan alle eisen die landelijk gesteld worden te voldoen. Hieronder staat een uitgebreid overzicht van de verschillen:

Cambridge Advanced/Proficiency   Exam (CAE/CPE) Dutch State Exam (VWO English) International Baccalaureate (IB   English A)
Targets non-native speakers Targets non-native speakers Targets academic native and   near native speakers
English as a second language   course English as a second language   course Pre-university language and   literature course
Students selected on their   level of English Students selected by Cito Test   and school advice Students selected on basis of   academic performance. (In The Netherlands Cito Test and school advice.)
Focuses on reading, writing,   speaking, listening and use of grammar. Focuses on reading, writing,   speaking, listening and literature. Focuses on university style   essay writing, analytical reading, stylised writing, group/individual   presentations and the nuts and bolts of language.
Available at recognised    language schools/businesses worldwide. Available at recognised   secondary schools in The Netherlands. Available at recognised   international/bilingual schools worldwide.
Both self-study and teacher led   options available. Teacher led programme as part   of six year secondary school education. Two year teacher led   course. Part of a six year bilingual programme.
Focuses on accuracy of language Focuses on accuracy of language Focuses on accuracy of language 

History of language

Literature

Media and language

Cultural awareness

Targets all age levels –   teenagers to pensioners Targets 17-19 year olds Targets 17-19 year olds