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.
Can you ?
If this describes your abilities now, or describes the level of abilities you are looking for, then CPE is right 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 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:
Your preparation for CAE will give you these kinds of practical language skills.
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.