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C1 Advanced (CAE)

C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), is one of Cambridge English Qualifications. It is a high-level qualification that is officially recognised by universities, employers and governments around the world.


C1 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.


C1 Advanced 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


Key facts:

CEFR level:       C1  
Scale score:     180–199  
Test format:       Computer or paper-based
No. of papers:    4
Exam length:     about 4 hours


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