The Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success.
You can use it for your university and student visa application. Preparing for the exam helps you develop high-level English skills.
Provided by: Cambridge English Language Assessment
Cost: Varies depending on where you take the test - you local test centre will give you the details
Accepted by: Over 3,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world
Test format: The Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is an in-depth exam with 5 papers - Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Use of English. You can choose to take the test on paper or on computer and the Speaking test is taken face-to-face with one or two other candidates.
Duration: Approx 4 hours 40 minutes
Score: You receive a grade and a score. In terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is targeted at Level C1.
A score of 80-100 (grade A) will be awarded a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) certificate at Level C2 and a score of 60-79 (grades B and C) a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) certificate at Level C1. If you score 45-59 you will be awarded with a certificate at Level B2.
The test consists of:
1 hour 15 minutes
4 parts - 34 questions
Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines.
1 hour 30 minutes
You create two different pieces of writing, such as articles, essays, letters, proposals, reports and reviews.
Use of English
5 parts - 50 questions
Tests your use of English with different types of exercise that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.
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.
Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with another candidate.
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