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 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (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 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

A C1 Advanced qualification shows that you can:


C1 Advanced (CAE) exam is made up of four papers developed to test your English skills. 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.

Scoring and results:

All candidates receive a Statement of Results, and if you are successful in the exam you will also receive a certificate. The following scores will be used to report results:

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

The relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in C1 Advanced CAE exam is illustrated below:

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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.



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