Certificate in Advanced English


Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) is a high-level qualification that is officially recognised by universities, employers and governments around the world.

Is CAE for you?

Can you ?      

  • Use English  in an effective way for business or study purposes ? 
  • Use English confidently and flexibly ?
  • Produce well-structured, clear pieces of writing on complex issues ? 

If this describes your abilities now, or describes the level of abilities you are looking for, then CPE is right for you.


What will CAE do for you?

Cambridge ESOL is a department of the world-famous and historic University of Cambridge. Attaining one of its certificates is an achievement and a reward in itself. However, there are many other benefits to taking CAE:

'For a diplomat, the English Language is an indispensable tool in everyday work. The CAE courses helped me to correct the mistakes I used to make in conversation, to improve my writing skills and to enrich my vocabulary. I am now looking forward to taking the following step: the Certificate of Proficiency in English.'

CAE candidate


What will taking CAE help you do?

CAE is at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability. The framework uses six levels to describe language ability from A1 to C2. 'Can Do' statements have been used to describe these levels in terms of real skills with language.

For example, at C1 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • read quickly enough to cope with an academic course
  • understand complex opinions
  • produce clear, well structured and detailed pieces of writing
  • express themselves well with a good degree of fluency
  • use English flexibly for social, professional and academic purposes.

Your preparation for CAE will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

What does CAE involve?

CAE has five papers:

Reading: 1 hour 15 minutes

You will need to be able to understand texts from publications such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines.

Writing 1 hour 30 minutes 

You will have to show you can produce two different pieces of writing such as an article, a report, a proposal and a review.

Use of English Paper 1 hour

Your use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.

Listening: 40 minutes

You need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of spoken material, including lectures, radio broadcasts, speeches and talks.

Speaking: 15 minutes

You will take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three, and you will be tested on your ability to take part in different types of interaction: with the examiner, with the other candidate and by yourself.

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