Cambridge Advanced

Benefits of the Cambridge English: Advanced qualification

A pass at CAE level (C1) shows that you can or should be able to :

  • do a degree or follow another academic course at university level
  • communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level
  • take part in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars, with confidence
  • express yourself with a high level of fluency.

CAE - Cambridge Advanced examination

Contents of the Cambridge Advanced Examination (CAE)

The Cambridge English: Advanced exam (or CAE) is a thorough test of all areas of language ability – speaking, writing, listening, reading and Use of English (which combines grammar and vocabulary). It comprises four exam papers.

Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes)
8 parts — 56 questions
Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. This Reading & Use of English uses different types of exercise to test how well you can manage your grammar and vocabulary.

Writing (1 hour 30 minutes)
2 parts
You create two different pieces of writing, such as an essay, a letter or email, a proposal, a report or a review.

Listening (about 40 minutes)
4 parts — 30 questions
Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.

Speaking (15 minutes for each pair of candidates)
4 parts
You do the speaking test with an examination partner, who is another candidate. The Speaking test is face to face, with two candidates and two examiners.  It is designed to give a reliable, realistic measure of candidates’ verbal communication.

Click here for a PDF with information for CAE candidates (2016, ref 181151).