CAE Certificate in Advanced English
CAE is an exam for advanced users of English. This exam is aimed at people who can use written and spoken English for most professional and social purposes. It is widely recognised for work or study purposes.
London Crest Open Centre offers the paper- and computer-based version of this exam. If you are considering taking a computer-based test, please note that this test does not replace the pen and paper test, it is simply another way to take the exam. Other than the method of completing it, the exam is exactly the same, and they both lead to the same internationally recognised Cambridge ESOL certificate. Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available for computer-based exams so please enrol early to avoid disappointment.
Is CAE for you?
- use English in an effective way for business or study purposes?
- use English confidently and flexibly?
- produce well-structured, clear pieces of writing on complex issues?
If this describes your skills now, or describes the level of skills you are working towards, then CAE is the right exam for you.
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 (1 hour):
Your use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.
Listening (approx. 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.
For more detailed information about this exam, please click here:
CAE – Information for candidates (pdf)
CAE – Handbook for teachers (pdf)
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