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CEFR level:C1
Scale score:180–199
Test format: Computer or paper-based
No. of papers:4
Exam length:About 4 hours
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C1 Advanced (CAE) is the in-depth, high-level qualification that shows you have the language skills that employers and universities are looking for.

It is at Level C1 (CEFR), and is accepted by universities, employers and government departments worldwide as an indication that you have achieved a high level of skill in the English language.

Preparation for Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) helps learners develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries.

It can be taken in both paper-based and computer based formats

C1 Advanced certificate shows that you can:


c1 advanced cae cambridge timetable C1 Advanced (CAE) exam is made up of four papers developed to test your English skills. Your CAE exam preparation will have to be comprehensive and cover all areas (Reading, Use of English, Listening, Writing and Speaking)

You can see exactly what is in each paper below:

Reading and Use of English
(1 hour 30 minutes)
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)
2 partsYou create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails, proposals, reports and reviews.
(about 40 minutes)
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.
(16 minutes per pair of candidates)
4 partsTests your ability to communicate effectively in face–to–face situations. You will take the Speaking test with another candidate.Your overall performance is calculated by averaging the scores you achieve in Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Use of English.
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This section of CAE exam is about grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. It lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes, consists of 8 different types of tasks and has a total of 56 questions.

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes
Number of parts: 8
Number of questions: 56

Part 1 – Multiple-choice cloze
A modified cloze containing eight gaps followed by eight 4-option multiple-choice items.
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Part 2 – Open cloze
A modified cloze test containing eight gaps.
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Part 3 – Word formation
A text containing eight gaps. Each gap corresponds to a word. The stems of the missing words are given beside the text and must be changed to form the missing word.
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Part 4 – Key word transformations
Six separate items, each with a lead-in sentence and a gapped second sentence to be completed in three to six words, one of which is a given ‘key’ word.
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Part 5 – text with multiple-choice questions
A text followed by six 4-option multiple-choice questions.
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Part 6 – Cross-text multiple matching
Four short texts, followed by multiple matching questions. Candidates must read across texts to match a prompt to elements in the texts.
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Part 7 – text with paragraphs missing
A text from which paragraphs have been removed and placed in jumbled order after the text. Candidates must decide from where in the text the paragraphs have been removed.
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Part 8 – Multiple matching
A text or several short texts, preceded by multiple-matching questions. Candidates must match a prompt to elements in the text.
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Writing is the second part of the exam. In the two parts of the C1 Advanced Writing paper, you have to show that you can write different types of text in English.

It takes 1 hour 30 minutes and it consists of two separate tasks.

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes
Number of parts: 2

Part 1 (Compulsory question)
Candidates are required to write an essay, between 220 and 260 words, based on two points given in the input text. They will be asked to explain which of the two points is more important and to give reasons for their opinion.
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Part 2 (Situationally based writing task)
Candidates have a choice of task. The tasks provide candidates with a clear context, topic, purpose and target reader for their writing. The output text types are letter/email, proposal, report and review. There is also a word limit between 220–260 words.
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The Listening paper contains four parts. Each part contains a recorded text or texts and corresponding comprehension tasks.

Recordings may be from, monologues: radio broadcasts, speeches, talks, lectures, anecdotes, etc.; or interacting speakers: radio broadcasts, interviews, discussions, conversations, etc.

Time allowed: About 40 minutes
Number of parts: 4

Part 1 (Multiple choice)
Three short extracts from exchanges between interacting speakers with two multiple-choice questions on each extract.
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Part 2 (Sentence completion)
A monologue lasting approximately 3 minutes. Candidates are required to complete the sentences with information heard on the recording.
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Part 3 (Multiple choice)
A conversation between two or more speakers of approximately 4 minutes. There are six multiplechoice questions, each with four options.
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Part 4 (Multiple matching)
Five short themed monologues, of approximately 30 seconds each. Each multiple-matching task requires selection of the correct options from a list of eight.
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The C1 Advanced Speaking test has four parts and you take it together with another candidate.

There are two examiners. One of the examiners conducts the test (asks you questions, gives you the paper with things to talk about, and so on). The other examiner listens to what you say and takes notes.

Time allowed: 15 minutes per pair of candidates
Number of parts: 4

Part 1 (Interview)
A short conversation between the interlocutor and each candidate (spoken questions).
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Part 2 (Long turn)
An individual ‘long turn’ for each candidate with a response from the second candidate. In turn, the candidates are given 3 photographs and asked to talk about any 2 of them
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Part 3 (Collaborative task)
A two-way conversation between the candidates. The candidates are given spoken instructions with written stimuli, which are used in a discussion and a decision-making task. The conversation is divided into a discussion phase (2 minutes) and a decision phase (1 minute). Candidates are given approximately 15 seconds to initially read the task before starting to speak.
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Part 4 (Discussion)
A discussion on topics related to the collaborative task (spoken questions).
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Scoring and results:

c1 advanced cae cambridge exam score and results hat and booksEach candidate will receive a score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking and use of English). These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam.

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

See the CAE exam score scale table below:

Test ScoreGradeCEFR level
200–210Grade AC2
193–199Grade BC1
180–182Grade CC1
160–179Level B2B2

C1 Advanced CAE exam preparation score scale

A candidate scoring 200 to 210 will receive a grade A and certificate stating that they demonstrated ability at Level C2. The maximum achievable score is 210.

Candidates with scores from 193 to 199 will receive a grade B.
Those scoring between 180 and 192 will receive a grade C.

These candidates will receive certificate at Level C1.

Candidates who score between 160 and 179 will receive a Cambridge English certificate stating they demonstrated ability at Level B2.

Candidates scoring between 142 and 159 will not receive a certificate, but score will be shown on the Statement of Results

Results for computerbased exams are normally available 2-3 weeks after the exam session. For paperbased exams, results are normally available 4-6 weeks after the exam session.

The fastest way for you to get your exam results is to sign up for online results service. Your exam centre will give you the information you need to register for this service.

Statement of Results:

c1 advanced statement of results cae exam cambridge The Statement of Results shows the candidate’s:

See sample Statement of Results in PDF:  Statement of Results (Download)


c1 advanced cae exam cambridge certificate If you are well prepared and successful in the exam you will receive C1 Advanced (CAE) Cambridge certificate which are normally sent to exam centres within three months of the exam.

It shows the candidate’s:

See sample C1 Advanced (CAE) Cambridge certificate in PDF: CAE Certificate (Download) 

Cambridge English certificate does not expire. Recognising organisations such as universities, colleges and employers can choose how long to accept results, so make sure you always check their requirements.

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