The CAE, commonly called “Advanced”, is a high level exam. It allows for official confirmation of an advanced level of English (level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Who is the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) for?
The CAE is strongly recommended for anyone who plans to work in international business or to work overseas and/or study at university. In Great Britain and in the Anglo-Saxon countries, a large number of universities use the CAE to certify a candidate’s level of English, a necessary condition for his/her admission into higher education. Level required?
To sit for the CAE, your level of English must allow you:
- to be able to overcome a wide range of difficulties in understanding long and demanding texts from a linguistic point of view and to grasp their implicit meaning.
- to express yourself with ease and spontaneity without having to search for words.
- to use language tools with efficiency and fluency in specific social and professional contexts, or in a particular field of higher education or university studies.
- to approach complex subjects in a clear, structured and detailed manner, and to be able to relate different subjects using diverse and appropriate linguistic tools. Preparation for CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)
A preparatory course is often necessary in order to refresh or consolidate your current linguistic level and also to enable you to adapt to the particular demands of the CAE.
There are numerous course options- varying in intensity and duration – available to you in order to prepare for the CAE:
- It is generally necessary to take 12 or 10 weeks to prepare seriously and completely for the CAE.
- Intensive courses of three or four weeks’ duration are also available.
- The “At the teacher’s home” courses also offer a very intensive and “tailor-made” preparation option. What does the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) involve?
The CAE is made up of five papers:
Reading (Paper 1), 1 hour 15 minutes
This paper assesses your ability to read and understand a number of texts taken from books, newspapers and magazines. You are expected to be able to show understanding of gist, main points, detail, text structure or specific information, deduce meaning or recognise opinion and attitude.
Writing (Paper 2), 2 hours
This paper assesses your ability to write non-specialised text types such as letters, articles, reports and reviews for a given purpose and target reader, covering a range of topics. Responses are of about 250 words in length.
English in Use (Paper 3), 1 hour 30 minutes
In this paper, you are expected to demonstrate knowledge and control of the language system by completing various tasks at text and sentence level, based on authentic texts. This will include gap-filling, error correction, word formation, register transfer and text completion exercises.
Listening (Paper 4), 45 minutes (approx.)
This paper assesses your ability to understand the meaning of spoken English and to extract detailed and specific information from the spoken text and to understand speakers' attitudes and opinions. The texts are taken from a variety of text types including interviews, discussions, lectures and conversations.
Speaking (Paper 5), 15 minutes
The Speaking Test assesses your ability to interact in conversational English in a range of contexts. It contains four parts, including an interview section, individual long turns, a collaborative task and a discussion. You are provided with stimulus materials such as photographs and drawings. You will normally take the Speaking Test in pairs.Official recognition
Like all the Cambridge exams, the CAE is recognised all over the world. The CAE certifies a good mastery of English in a precise, reliable and official manner. This exam’s excellent reputation means that your level is recognised by employers, schools and universities in Great Britain and in the majority of Anglo-Saxon countries.
You can consult the list of institutions that recognise the CAE: www.CambridgeESOL.org/recognition
Successful completion of this exam is officially recognised with a certificate that will be delivered to you by the ESOL exam centre of the University of Cambridge. Each year, over 60 000 people from over 60 different countries pass the CAE.
The CAE is a real asset for your professional career, or for university studies.