Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)



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 1473Cambridge AdvancedLugano - BessoLu18:30 - 20:1011.09.17 - 11.06.18C1.1
 1477General English AdvancedLugano - BessoMa12:00 - 13:4012.09.17 - 12.06.18C1

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is an exam for advanced users of English. This exam is aimed at people who can use written and spoken English for most professional and social purposes. It is widely recognised for work or study purposes.

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Is CAE for you?

Can you...

If this describes your skills now, or describes the level of skills you are working towards, then CAE is the right exam for you.

What will taking CAE help you do?

CAE is at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 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.

What does CAE involve?

CAE has four papers:

Reading and Use of English: 1 hour 30 minutes
The Reading and Use of English paper tests your reading skills and your underlying knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. You will be assessed on a wide range of language at word, phrase, sentence and text level, reading for main ideas, specific information, text structure, implication and tone.

Writing 1 hour 30 minutes
There are two parts and you will write 220–260 words for each part. Part 1 is a compulsory task where you will write an essay based on two points given in an input text, explaining which point is more important and giving reasons for your opinions. In Part 2 you have a choice of task and will write one of the following: a letter, proposal, report or review. There will be a clear context, topic, purpose and target reader for your writing.

Listening: 40 minutes
This tests your ability to listen for a wide variety of real-life purposes. You might be listening for the gist of a whole extract, for specific information, or the speaker’s opinion, attitude or feeling.

Speaking: up to 15 minutes
You’re tested on many things. Apart from grammar and vocabulary, you are assessed on your pronunciation as well as your ability to organise your thoughts, initiate and maintain a discussion, and reach a decision through negotiation.

For further information see Information for Candidates .