C1 Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

C1 Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is an examination at an advanced level requiring competence in all the language skills, set at level C1 of the Council of Europe's Common Framework of Reference for Languages.Cambridge English: Advanced helps learners develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries.

At C1 level typical users can:

  • Contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency coping with abstract expressions
  • Read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, and CAN take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write a piece of work which shows an ability to communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level

How is Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) recognized?

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is recognized as entry or school-leaving qualification at various educational levels. Many companies today require Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) as the minimum requirement in regard to English language competence which makes Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) a qualification beyond the general requirements, helping successful candidates to differentiate themselves from other applications in their search for employment. There are many companies and corporations in India who recognize Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) as a qualification demonstrating very good language competence.

Format of the exam

Paper Content Purpose
Reading and Use of English
(1 hour 30 minutes) 
8 parts/ 
56 questions
Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with different types of exercise that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.
(1 hour 30 minutes) 
2 parts You create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails, proposals, reports and reviews.
(about 40 minutes) 
4 parts/ 
30 questions
Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.
(15 minutes per pair of candidates) 
4 parts Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face–to–face situations. You will take the Speaking test with another candidate.

Result :

You will receive a separate score for each of the five skills (Reading, Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speaking). These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam.

Grade Score
A Between 200 and 210
B Between 193 and 199
C Between 180 and 192
Council of Europe Level A2 Between 160 and 179