Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
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British Council

Cambridge English: Advanced is also known as the Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE). This general English qualification shows that your English is of a standard expected of a professional business person or an undergraduate university student.

Cambridge English: Advanced is accepted by over 3,000 universities, colleges, employers and government departments around the world. The Cambridge English: Advanced certificate can be used to apply for:

  • admission to nearly every university and college in the UK
  • up to 70 additional UCAS Tariff points towards your UK college or university application
  • admission to Australian universities, colleges and TAFE institutes
  • an Australian student visa
  • admission to universities and colleges in the USA and Canada.

Level of qualification: Advanced = C1 on the Common European Framework.

Who should take this exam?

You should take CAE if you want to prove to employers or universities that you can communicate confidently in English in professional and high-level academic situations. To take the exam you should be able to:

  • write complex reports and emails, and take notes in meetings or lectures
  • give presentations on complicated ideas in English
  • understand a variety of texts, from fiction to newspaper opinion pieces.

How does the exam process work?

There are four parts to the CAE exam. You will complete papers Reading, Writing and Listening on the same day. The Speaking may be on a different day. You do the speaking with two examiners and one other candidate.

 

Reading and Use of English

Writing Listening Speaking
Time 1 hr 30 mins 1 hr 30 mins 40 mins 15 mins per pair of candidates
Marks (% of total) 40% 20% 20% 20%

Price:

EUR 194.00

Dates

Note: alterations – June 2020

Please note that the registration period for Cambridge English Assessment exams in the June 2020 session has been extended.

The new "Register by..." dates are as follows:

  • Friday 17 April  2020 (for all exams except B2 FIRST 20 June)
  • Thursday 30 April 2020 (for B2 FIRST 20 June)

Please note also that online registrations have been made available for candidates who wish to enrol for the following exams:

  • in Guarda: A2 KEY, B1 PRELIMINARY, B2 FIRST & C1 ADVANCED
  • in Tomar: A2 KEY, B1 PRELIMINARY & B2 FIRST.

What's the difference...

Coimbra (7 dates in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
14 March 2020 Paper based 10 January 2020
16 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020
10 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
11 July 2020 Paper based 08 May 2020
17 October 2020 Paper based 14 August 2020
02 December 2020 Paper based 02 October 2020
12 December 2020 Paper based 02 October 2020

Funchal (3 dates in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
10 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
11 July 2020 Paper based 08 May 2020
12 December 2020 Paper based 02 October 2020

Guarda (1 date in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
10 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020

Lisbon (9 dates in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
15 February 2020 Computer based 10 January 2020
14 March 2020 Paper based 10 January 2020
16 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020
10 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
11 July 2020 Paper based 08 May 2020
19 September 2020 Computer based 07 August 2020
17 October 2020 Paper based 14 August 2020
02 December 2020 Paper based 02 October 2020
12 December 2020 Paper based 02 October 2020

Porto (9 dates in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
15 February 2020 Computer based 10 January 2020
14 March 2020 Paper based 10 January 2020
16 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020
10 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
11 July 2020 Paper based 08 May 2020
19 September 2020 Computer based 07 August 2020
17 October 2020 Paper based 14 August 2020
02 December 2020 Paper based 02 October 2020
12 December 2020 Paper based 02 October 2020

More information:

C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
Information to Candidates