What is the Cambridge CAE exam?

cae-headerThe Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English exam is an advanced level English exam offered by the University of Cambridge and widely accepted as evidence of a C1 level of English by thousands of universities, employers and governments around the world. Possessing the certificate is proof of the level of language required to work at a managerial or professional level, or to follow a course of academic study at university level.

The CAE exam was first offered more than 20 years ago in 1991. Since then, it has been updated three times to reflect changes in the language, teaching practices and testing. It is generally viewed as the most prestigious qualification in English available for advanced (C1) level students.

The CAE exam is currently available as both a paper-based and a computer-based exam. Many examination centres offer both options though some only currently offer the paper version. The exam is held several times throughout the year but most centres offer it on just 2 or 3 dates, with the exams in June and December being the most common.

Currently, the CAE exam consists of 4 papers, which are Reading & Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speaking. This format was introduced in 2015. Within each paper, candidates are tested on areas such as vocabulary, grammar, collocation, fixed expressions and register so in order to pass the exam, you will need all-round C1 language ability.

Furthermore, because of the challenging nature of the Cambridge CAE exam, it is strongly recommended that you take a preparation course before sitting the exam. When choosing a course, check that your language school can provide a Cambridge qualified teacher with a thorough knowledge of the CAE and a demonstrable track record of preparing students for the exam.

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What is the Cambridge English: Advanced exam?
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What is the Cambridge English: Advanced exam?
Information about the Cambridge English: Advanced exam, also known as the Cambridge CAE. Find out how the exam is organised and what is tested.