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Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) is a high-level qualification that is officially recognised by universities, employers and governments around the world. Cambridge English: Advanced is set at C1 level – the second highest on the CEFR scale. C1 is the level of English required for demanding academic and professional settings. It shows that you are highly proficient in English.

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CAE - Cambridge English: Advanced:

CAE gives an in-depth assessment of your ability and fluency at level C1/C2. This is the unparalleled qualification to prove that you have mastered English. You are well-placed in dealing with complicated academic and professional tasks in English.

CAE empowers you to:

  • follow any academic course at university level
  • communicate effectively at managerial and professional level
  • participate with confidence in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars
  • carry out complex and challenging research
  • stand out and differentiate yourself

Format of the exam:

Cambridge English: Advanced has five papers - each carries 20% of the total marks.

  • Reading: 1 hour 15 minutes - shows you can deal confidently with different types of text.
  • Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes - requires you to be able to write a variety of different items; such as essays, proposals, reports and reviews.
  • Use of English: 1 hour - tests your ability to use the right words, tenses and idioms in the right situation, at the right time.
  • Listening: 40 minutes - requires being able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials; such as lectures, speeches and interviews.
  • Speaking: 15 minutes - tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the test with one or two other candidates.

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