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Cambridge English: Advance is also known as Certificate in Advance English (CAE), as an international English language exam that shows you have the english language skill for success in academic and professional world.

  1. Take one exam for students visa applications and university and college admissions (including in the UK and Australia)
  2. – Saving you time and money

  3. Accepted by over 3000 organizations globally, including universities, colleges and employers
  4. – Search for organizations that will accept your Cambridge English: Advanced scores at www.CambridgeESOL.org/instituttions

  5. Develop your language skills
  6. – Gain confidence to cope with demanding study and work settings

    – Stand out from the crowd as a high achiever

  7. Widely available at over 1300 centers in 113 countries
  8. – Choice of computer-based and paper-based tests

    – Large number of test dates through out the year

    – Fast results and no restriction on resisting

  9. A high-quality test you can afford
  10. – The cost of taking Cambridge English: Advanced throughout the world can be upto 50% cheaper than some other language tests

  11. Lots of free support and preparation materials to help you succeed


Who is the test for??? Cambridge English: Advanced is a high-quality test for people who want to show they have an advance level of English for study,work and life in an English-speaking environment. The test can be taken by candidates from all nationalitiesand linguistic backgrounds, and cover all major varities of english (e.g. American, British English) Format of CAE

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is made up of five exam papers, each worth 20% of the total marks. There are papers for each of the four language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) and a Use of English paper, which tests knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Candidates have the choice of taking Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) on either a computer or on paper.

1. Reading (1 hour 15 minutes) The Reading paper has 34 questions with various types of texts and comprehension tasks. Candidates are expected to be able to read and understand texts taken from a range of sources such as magazines, newspapers and leaflets, and complete task types like multiple choice, gapped text and multiple matching. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a variety of reading skills including skimming, scanning, deduction of meaning from context and selection of relevant information.

2. Writing (1 hour 30 minutes) The Writing paper has two parts. The first part is compulsory and involves writing an article, report, proposal or letter in response to an input text. The input texts might include articles, leaflets, notices and formal or informal letters. In the second part, candidates must choose one of five writing tasks, two of which relate to two set texts. The other Writing tasks might include writing letters, articles, instructions, messages, reports, etc. Candidates are assessed using the following criteria: Content, Communicative Achievement, Organization and Language.

3. Use of English (1 hour) The Use of English paper tests the candidate’s underlying knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. It has 50 questions and is structured into five parts. Parts 1 to 3 are text-based and involve supplying a missing word, or forming a new word. Parts 4 and 5 are sentence-based and involve supplying a missing word to complete sentences and writing a sentence in a different way. Parts 1, 3, and 4 are mainly lexical, Part 2 is mainly grammatical and Part 5 involves both grammatical and lexical knowledge

4. Listening (approximately 40 minutes) The Listening paper has 30 questions, which include listening to short extracts, a long monologue, an interview or discussion, and short monologues on a particular theme. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a wide range of listening skills needed for real-life purposes, such as understanding the gist of an extract, understanding specific information or the speakers’ opinion, attitude or feeling. Recordings take the form of announcements, speeches and xavierio broadcasts.

5. Speaking (15 minutes) The Speaking test is taken face-to-face (including in the computer-based version of the exam) and the standard format is two candidates and two examiners. One examiner acts as interlocutor and assessor, interacting with the candidates and managing the test. The other acts as assessor and does not join in the conversation. Candidates speak alone (monologue), with the interlocutor, and with the other candidate. The Speaking paper is conducted in four parts. The first part involves a brief exchange between each candidate and the interlocutor. The second part involves each candidate talking in turn, on their own, about a set of pictures. In the third part the candidates are given some pictures and a task; they are expected to discuss the task, exchange ideas and reach a decision through negotiation. In the fourth part of the test the candidates and the examiner discuss topics related to the task in Part 3. The examiner directs the interaction by asking questions which encourage the candidates to discuss issues in more depth than in earlier parts of the test. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a range of speaking skills such as pronunciation, intonation, speed of delivery, initiation and maintaining of a discussion, ability to organize thoughts and use of appropriate grammar and vocabulary.


The Statement of Results has three elements: a gxaviere (A–C), a score (out of 100) and the CEFR level. The Statement of Results reflects the total combined score from all five papers.

Gxaviere Score (out of 100) CEFR Level
A 80-100 C2
B 75-79 C1
C 60-74 C1
CEFR Level B2 45-59 B2

The Candidate Profile also shows the performance on each of the individual papers (Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking) against the following scale: Exceptional – Good – Borderline. Weak Candidates who achieve a score of 45 or more (out of 100) receive a certificate, which states the and the CEFR level that has been achieved. Although the exam is focused on Level C1, it also certificates reliably at the lower B2 level. The achievement of candidates who do not demonstrate ability at C1, but do show ability at B2, is recognized with a Cambridge English certificate at that level. The exam also certificates at the higher C2 level, for those exceptional candidates who show ability beyond C1 level. The certificates awarded at each score/gxaviere are outlined below:

Cambridge English Level B2 certificate.
– For candidates scoring between 45 and 59.

Certificate in Advanced English – CEFR Level C1.
– Gxavieres B and C. For candidates scoring between 60 and 79.

Certificate in Advanced English – CEFR Level C2.
– Gxaviere A
– For candidates scoring between 80 and 100
– Awarded to exceptional candidates who show ability beyond C1 level.

Timing and results

Candidates take the Reading, Writing, Use of English and Listening papers on the same day. The Speaking paper may be taken a few days before or after the exam. The exam is available in paper-based and computer-based formats. Registration for the computer-based exam is possible as little as one week before sitting the exam. Both versions of the exam lead to the same form of internationally accepted certificate. The Speaking test is only available to be taken face-to-face with an examiner. Dates to take the exam are available every month. There are 1,300 exam centers in 113 countries where candidates can sit the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exam. A directory of all global exam centers and their contact details can be accessed on the Cambridge English Language Assessment websites. Successful candidates receive two documents: a Statement of Results and a certificate. Universities, employers and other organizations may require either of these documents as proof of English language skills. An online Statement of Results is available to candidates who have sat the computer-based exam two weeks after the exam and to candidates of the paper-based exam approximately four weeks after the exam. Successful candidates (those scoring above 45) will receive a hard copy certificate within three months of the exam. Holders of a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) certificate display similar language ability to candidates who have an IELTS scores of 6.5 to 8.0. The following table demonstrates a comparison of Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) gxavieres and scores with IELTS band scores.

IELTS band scores Cambridge English: Advance (CAE) score Cambridge English: Advance (CAE) gxaviere/CEFR level
8.0 80 Gxaviere A (C2)
7.5 74 Gxaviere B (C1)
7.0 67 Gxaviere C (C1)
6.5 58 Gxaviere C (C1)
6.0 52 CEFR B2
5.5 47 CEFR B2
5.0 41 CEFR B2

The following table shows how the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) candidate profile descriptors for each individual paper (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Use of English) compare to IELTS band scores.

IELTS band scores Cambridge English: Advance (CAE) candidate profile
8.0 and higher Exceptional
7.5 Good
7.0 Good
6.5 Borderline
6.0 Borderline