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...

  • understand texts from a wide variety of sources?
  • use English to make notes while someone is speaking in English?
  • talk to people about a wide variety of topics?
  • understand people talking in English on radio or television programmes?

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

If you are already able to speak in a proper way, this certificate is the one you should choose.

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Is CAE for you?

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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Supporting you

As with all of Cambridge ESOL's certificates, there is a lot of support to help you prepare for your exam.

Most candidates prefer to take the preparation courses run by language schools and universities.

You can access a variety of support materials from the Resources area of our website. These include a short booklet, Information for Candidates, and sample exam papers, which include sound files for the Listening test materials.

Many publishers have produced a wide choice of books and other aids to help you prepare for taking CAE. Ask your local bookshop for details.

To help you prepare for CAE, we provide teachers with their own website so they can download sample exam papers, handbooks, and other teaching support material.
Resources available

* Top Tips for CAE, a new revision guide which is available for candidates to buy from centres, bookshops and the Cambridge ESOL eShop.
* Speaking Test Preparation Pack for CAE – Preparation pack for teacher/classroom
use containing teacher's notes, photocopiable worksheets, candidate visuals and
DVD of students taking the Speaking test
* CAE Information for Candidates (PDF 964Kb)
* CAE Handbook for Teachers (PDF 3Mb)
* Order past papers
* Books for study
* CAE Exam details and timetables for 2009
* CAE Exam details and timetables for 2010
* Summary regulations for candidates (PDF 59Kb)
* Information on changes to the CAE Statement of Results (PDF 329Kb)
* Exam FAQs
* CAE Teaching Resource and CAE teacher downloads (including exam handbook and exam reports)

A world of opportunities — worldwide recognition

* CAE is a truly international exam, recognised by hundreds of employers as proof of advanced ability in English and also by universities and colleges as proof of ability to study in English to undergraduate level.
* Companies such as Microsoft, Airbus, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers recognise the value of CAE in their overseas offices.

Find more details on the organisations and universities that recognise CAE.
English for your future

* Passing CAE is a major step towards taking our highest qualification, CPE.
* CAE's 'Can Do' skills enable you to use English in real situations with confidence. CAE exams use real-life situations and are especially designed to help you communicate more effectively in your own life and to focus your language learning on the skills you will actually need.
* Because CAE exams focus on all four communication skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) plus the use of English, you increase your confidence in using English in everyday situations.

Certificate in Advanced English gives you a high-level qualification, it is very good point if you want to work abroad just like me.

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Marking

Exam scripts are sent to Cambridge ESOL for marking and grading and the results are sent back to the test centres.
Your results

Each component of the exam carries 20% of the total marks.

Candidates can access their results through the Cambridge ESOL Results Online website.

There are three Pass grades, A, B and C — candidates reaching these grades are awarded a certificate. Candidates achieving grades D or E do not receive a certificate.

Information on changes to the CAE Statement of Results (PDF 329Kb)

If you have any questions about your results, you should contact the centre where you took the exam.
Exam dates

CAE can be taken in March, June and December.

* CAE Exam details and timetables for 2009
* CAE Exam details and timetables for 2010

Set texts

In the updated CAE exam, questions on two set texts are included on the writing paper with one text specific question on each.
December 2008 — December 2009

Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim
John Grisham, The Pelican Brief
Next steps
Register

If you are studying English at the moment, speak to your teacher about how to enrol.

If you are not studying at the moment, your nearest Cambridge ESOL exam centre will be able to advise you about how to register, fees, the dates of the exam and other arrangements. We have more than 2,000 centres in 130 countries. Please note that centres may set registration deadlines that are earlier than those published.

Entries cannot be made directly to Cambridge ESOL.

Already registered? Visit the Candidate Support site for exam preparation help.

If you have a disability or a specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) it may be possible to ask for Special Arrangements to be made when taking the exam.

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