More than 6,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) as a proof of high-level achievement in learning English. Preparing for CAE helps learners to develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries. This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between Cambridge English: First (FCE) and Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). A CAE qualification shows that you are able to:

  • Follow an academic course at university level
  • Communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level
  • Participate with confidence in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars
  • Express yourself with a high level of fluency.

Exam format:

CAE is an in-depth test of all areas of language ability. The exam is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills. The Speaking test is taken face to face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.

So the exam consists of four parts:

  • Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • Writing (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • Listening (about 40 minutes)
  • Speaking (15 minutes per pair of candidates)

Let´s have a look at all of them in detail:

Readings and Use of English consist of 8 parts (56 questions). It 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 consists of 2 parts. You have to create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails, proposals, reports and reviews.

Listening consists of 4 parts (30 questions). It tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.

Speaking consists of 4 parts. It tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with another candidate.