Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced (CAE)
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C1 Advanced is also known as the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). This general English qualification shows that your English is of a standard expected of a professional business person or an undergraduate university student.

Level of qualification: Advanced = C1 on the Common European Framework.

Who should take this exam?

You should take C1 Advanced if you want to prove to employers or universities that you can communicate confidently in English in professional and high-level academic situations.

C1 Advanced is one of the most popular English tests in the world:

• It is accepted by more than 6000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world

Check full list of organisations recognising C1 Advanced exam.  

How does the exam process work?

There are four parts to the C1 Advanced exam. You will complete papers Reading and Use of English, Writing and Listening on the same day. The Speaking may be on a different day. You do the speaking with two examiners and one other candidate.

C1 Advanced Reading and Use of English Writing Listening Speaking
Time allowed 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 40 minutes 15 minutes per pair of candidates
Marks (% of total) 40 % 20 % 20 % 20 %

To take the exam you should be able to:

• write complex reports and emails, and take notes in meetings or lectures

• give presentations on complicated ideas in English

• understand a variety of texts, from fiction to newspaper opinion pieces.

Format of the exam

You can choose the format of the exam: Paper-based or Computer-based.

Computer-based exams are the same as paper-based exams, only the method of delivery is different.


External links

C1 Advanced Sample Papers and tips for test takers from Cambridge Assessment English