More than 6,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) as proof of high-level achievement in learning English. 

Reasons to choose Cambridge English: Advanced

  • Preparing forCambridge English: Advanced helps learners develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries.
  • Passing it proves that you can follow an academic course at university level, communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level, participate with confidence in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars, express yourself with a high level of fluency.
  • A Cambridge English: Advanced qualification is accepted by over 6,000 eduational institutions, businesses and government departments.
  • It opens doors to international travel, work and study.
  • You will receive a Statement of Results contains the following information:
  • your score on the Cambridge English Scale for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English
  • your score on the Cambridge English Scale for the overall exam
  • your grade (A, B, C, Level B2) for the overall exam
  • your CEFR level for the overall exam.
  • The CAE certificate has lifetime validity.



Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is a thorough test of all areas of language ability.

The updated exam (for exam sessions from January 2015) is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below. The Speaking test is taken face to face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.





Reading and Use of English 
(1 hour 30 minutes) 
See sample paper

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) 
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2 parts

You create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails, proposals, reports and reviews.

(about 40 minutes) 
See sample paper

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) 
See sample paper

4 parts

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face–to–face situations. You will take the Speaking test with another candidate.



        From January 2015, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) results will be reported on the new Cambridge English Scale (replacing the candidate profile and standardised scores used before 2015).

You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English, giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.

All candidates receive a Statement of Results, and if you are successful in the exam you will also receive a certificate.

Depending on which university, college or organisation you are applying to, you may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill. For Cambridge English: Advanced, the following scores will be used to report results:

Cambridge English Scale Score 


CEFR level


Grade A 



Grade B



Grade C



Level B2 


The exam is targeted at Level C1 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above C1 (Level C2) and the level below (Level B2).

Scores between 142 and 159 are also reported for Cambridge English: Advanced. You will not receive a certificate, but your Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on your Statement of Results.

Register now for Cambridge English: C1 Advanced


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