Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)

Cambridge English : Advanced, also known as Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), is an international English language examination developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment. CAE exam is targeted at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) certificate can be used for study, work and immigration purposes. Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) is accepted by nearly all the universities and colleges in the UK as proof of the right English skills for college and university study (the UK Border Agency accepts CAE for issuing Tier 4 student visas). CAE exam is also a good start to gaining a qualification in the more advanced CPE exam.


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Why should take a Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Exam ?




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INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED
More than 6,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) as proof of high-level achievement in learning English. In many countries, job applicants who can prove strong English skills have better access to jobs and higher earning potential.
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Choose when and how you take your exam
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) is available as either a paper-based or computer-based exam, allowing you even more choice over how you take your test.
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Most Reliable
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) uses research-based testing procedures to offer an in-depth, accurate and reliable evaluation of a student’s level of English. CAE exam is designed to be fair to users of all nationalities and linguistic backgrounds.
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REAL-LIFE LANGUAGE SKILLS
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) helps learners gain language skills they can use for university and professional situations, and for living in English-speaking countries. Candidates who have passed Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) have proven that they are committed to achieving high standards, possess the right English language skills to cope with the demands of study and work and have the necessary communication skills for everyday business activity.

Test Format

Cambridge English Advanced (CAE exam) presently comprises four papers : Reading and Use of English, Listening, Writing and Speaking. Cambridge English advanced (CAE) Exam - You take the Reading and Use of English, Writing and Listening papers on the same day. The Speaking paper may be taken a few days before or after the exam.


Paper Content Purpose
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. Tests your use of English with different types of exercise that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.
Writing
(1 hour 30 minutes)
2 parts You create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails, proposals, reports and reviews.
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 per pair of candidates)
4 parts Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face–to–face situations. You will take the Speaking test with another candidate.




Reading

The Cambridge English Advanced (CAE exam) Reading and Use of English paper is in eight parts and has a mix of text types and questions.



Part 1 (Multiple-choice cloze)

What's in Part 1? A text in which there are some numbered gaps, each of which represents a word or phrase. After the text there are four possible answers for each gap and you have to choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D).
What do I have to practise? Vocabulary – idioms, collocations, shades of meaning, phrasal verbs, fixed phrases etc.
How many questions are there? 8
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.



Part 2 (Open cloze)

What's in Part 2? A text in which there are some gaps, each of which represents one missing word. You have to find the correct word for each gap.
What do I have to practise? Grammar and vocabulary.
How many questions are there? 8
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.



Part 3 (Word formation)

What's in Part 3? A text containing eight gaps. Each gap represents a word. At the end of the line is a ‘prompt’ word which you have to change in some way to complete the sentence correctly.
What do I have to practise? Vocabulary.
How many questions are there? 8
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.



Part 4 (Key word transformations)

What's in Part 4? Each question consists of a sentence followed by a ‘key’ word and a second sentence with a gap in the middle. You have to use this key word to complete the second sentence, in three to six words, so that it means the same as the first sentence.
What do I have to practise? Grammar, vocabulary and collocation.
How many questions are there? 6
How many marks are there? Up to 2 marks for each correct answer.



Part 5 (Multiple choice)

What's in Part 5? A text with some multiple-choice questions. For each question, there are four options and you have to choose A, B, C or D.
What do I have to practise? Reading for detail, opinion, tone, purpose, main idea, implication, attitude.
How many questions are there? 6
How many marks are there? 2 marks for each correct answer.



Part 6 (Cross-text multiple matching)

What's in Part 6? Four short texts with multiple-matching questions. You must read across all of the texts to match a prompt to elements in the texts.
What do I have to practise? Understanding and comparing opinions and attitudes across texts.
How many questions are there? 4
How many marks are there? 2 marks for each correct answer.



Part 7 (Gapped text)

What's in Part 7? A single page of text with some numbered gaps which represent missing paragraphs. After the text there are some paragraphs which are not in the right order. You have to read the text and the paragraphs and decide which paragraph best fits each gap.
What do I have to practise? How to understand the structure and development of a text.
How many questions are there? 6
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.



Part 8 (Multiple matching)

What's in Part 8? A series of multiple-matching questions followed by a text or several short texts. You have to match a prompt to elements in the text.
What do I have to practise? Reading for specific information, detail, opinion and attitude.
How many questions are there? 10
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.

Writing

In the two parts of the Cambridge English Advanced (CAE exam) Writing paper, you have to show that you can write different types of text in English.



Part 1 (Compulsory question)

What's in Part 1? You read a text, then write an essay based on points included in the text. You’ll be asked to explain which of the two points is more important, and to give reasons for your opinion.
What do I have to practise? Developing points as fully as possible in order to demonstrate a range of structures, vocabulary and language functions, such as evaluating, expressing opinions, hypothesising, justifying, persuading.
How many questions are there? One compulsory question.
How much do I have to write? 220 – 260 words.



Part 2 (Situationally based writing task)

What's in Part 2? You write a text from a choice of text types – letter/email, proposal, report or review. To guide your writing, you’ll be given information about context, topic purpose and target reader.
What do I have to practise? Writing the different types of text that could be included in the exam.
How many questions are there? Three tasks, from which you must choose one.
How much do I have to write? 220 – 260 words.

Listening


The Cambridge English Advanced (CAE exam) Listening paper has four parts. For each part you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice.



Part 1 (Multiple choice)

What's in Part 1? Three short extracts from conversations between interacting speakers. There are two multiple-choice questions for each extract and you have to choose A, B or C.
What do I have to practise? Listening for feeling, attitude, opinion, purpose, function, agreement, course of action, gist, detail, etc.
How many questions are there? 6
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.



Part 2 (Sentence completion)

What's in Part 2? A monologue lasting approximately 3 minutes. You have to complete the sentences on the question paper with the missing information which you hear on the recording.
What do I have to practise? Listening for specific information, stated opinion.
How many questions are there? 8
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.



Part 3 (Multiple choice)

What's in Part 3? A conversation between two or more speakers of approximately 4 minutes. You have to answer some multiple-choice questions by choosing the correct answer from four options (A, B C or D).
What do I have to practise? Listening for attitude, opinion, agreement, gist, feeling, speaker purpose, function and detail.
How many questions are there? 6
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.



Part 4 (Multiple matching)

What's in Part 4? A series of five themed monologues of approximately 30 seconds each. On the question paper, there are two tasks and for each task you have to match each of the five speakers to one of eight possible answers.
What do I have to practise? Listening for gist, attitude, opinion, main points, speaker purpose and feeling; interpreting context.
How many questions are there? 10
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.

Speaking

The Cambridge English Advanced (CAE exam) Speaking test has four parts and you take it together with another candidate. There are two examiners. One of the examiners conducts the test (asks you questions, gives you the paper with things to talk about, and so on). The other examiner listens to what you say and takes notes.



Part 1 (Interview)

What's in Part 1? Conversation between the candidates and the interlocutor. The examiner asks questions and you may have to give information about your interests, studies, careers, etc.
What do I have to practise? Giving information about yourself and expressing your opinion about various topics.
How long do we have to speak? 2 minutes



Part 2 (Long turn)

What's in Part 2? The interlocutor gives you three pictures and asks you to talk about two of them. You have to speak for 1 minute without interruption and the interlocutor then asks the other candidate to comment on what you have said for about 30 seconds. The other candidate receives a different set of photographs and you have to listen and comment when they have finished speaking. The questions you have to answer about your photographs are written at the top of the page to remind you what you should talk about.
What do I have to practise? Talking on your own about something: comparing, describing, expressing opinions, speculating.
How long do we have to speak? 1 minute per candidate, plus a 30-second response from the second candidate.



Part 3 (Collaborative task)

What's in Part 3? Conversation with the other candidate. The examiner gives you spoken instructions with written prompts which are used in a discussion. You have to talk with the other candidate for about 2 minutes (3 minutes for groups of three) about the written prompts. After the discussion time, the examiner will ask you another question which requires you to make a decision. You have 1 minute to talk together and make the decision (2 minutes for groups of three).
What do I have to practise? Exchanging ideas, expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing, suggesting, speculating, evaluating, reaching a decision through negotiation, etc.
How long do we have to speak? 3 minutes (a 2-minute discussion followed by a 1-minute decision-making task)



Part 4 (Discussion)

What's in Part 4? Further discussion with the other candidate based on the topics or issues raised in the task in Part 3. The interlocutor asks each of you some questions and you discuss them with the other candidate.
What do I have to practise? Expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing.
How long do we have to speak? 5 minutes