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CAE preparation

C1 Advanced is one of the Cambridge English Qualifications

It is the in-depth, high-level qualification that shows you have the language skills that employers and universities are looking for.

More than 8,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept Cambridge C1 Advanced English: (formerly known as CAE) as proof of high-level achievement in learning English. 

Preparing for Cambridge English: Advanced helps learners develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries.


A Cambridge English:

Advanced qualification shows that you can:

  • follow an academic course at university level

  • communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level

  • participate with confidence in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars

  • express yourself with a high level of fluency.

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Exam format

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is a thorough test of all areas of language ability.

The updated exam (for exam sessions from January 2015) is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills. 

The Speaking test is taken face to face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.


Exam Parts:

  1. Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes) 

  2. Writing (1 hour 30 minutes) 

  3. Listening (about 40 minutes) 

  4. Speaking (15 minutes per pair of candidates) 


Exam tips

It is important to familiarise yourself with the tasks and what they demand of you, and to get accustomed to doing them. They are designed to enable you to show that you can do in English, but you will only be able to do this if you understand what is involved and what is being tested.


For example, in the Writing test if you are not familiar with the type of tasks, do not know which particular skills are being assessed or are not used to writing within a time limit, then you may not be able to demonstrate your true ability.


Although knowledge of grammar and vocabulary is certainly important, it is essential to realise that you are being assessed on a range of skills and on your communicative ability.

So, for example, in the Speaking test you are assessed on your ability to interact with your partner and keep a conversation going, as well as use of language.

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