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Cambridge English Advanced official information
What is Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)?

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is an internationally recognised English language exam set at a level suitable for college and university study and also for work purposes.

Preparing for Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) helps you develop your English language skills, so you that can achieve your true potential when studying, working and living in English-speaking countries.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is accepted globally by over 3,000 universities, colleges and employers.

Can Cambridge English: Advanced be used for studying in English?

Yes, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) assesses you at the right level for studying subjects taught in English at college and university level. The exam will prove to institutions that you are prepared for study and work in an English-speaking environment.

Can it be used to apply for university and college entry?

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is widely accepted as meeting the English language requirement for college and universities in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada.

Colleges and universities in many other places around the world also teach courses in English and the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) certificate is accepted by many institutions as proof of the right language skills.

These are just some of the world’s leading universities which formally accept the exam:


University College London
University of Edinburgh
University of Warwick
University of Oxford

Australian National University
Monash University
University of Sydney
University of Melbourne

McGill University
University of Toronto
McMaster University
University of British Columbia

University of Virginia
Texas Tech University
Concordia College
Fordham University

For the full list visit the Cambridge English global recognition page.

Universities are able to verify exam results quickly and easily online using our Results Verification Service.

Can I use it to apply for a student visa?

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is accepted as secure proof of English language ability for student visa applications for:

  • Studying in Australia
Accepted as meeting student visa requirements by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
  • Studying in the UK
Accepted as meeting Tier 4 student visa requirements by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
  • Studying in Canada
While there is no formal language requirement for getting a Canadian study permit, you will be required to show that you have been accepted by a college or university. Proving you have the right English skills for successful study is an essential step to being accepted and many of Canada’s universities and colleges accept Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).

Will it help me get a job?

Research shows that strong, proven English skills will improve your career opportunities.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) tests your skills at an ideal level for business and professional environments. Once you have passed the exam you can prove to employers that you are ready to do business in English. These are just some of the international companies that accept Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) around the world:

  • Accenture
  • Adecco
  • Bayer
  • Dell
  • Ernst & Young
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deloitte
  • Generali
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Fiat
  • KPMG
  • Manpower
  • Nestlé
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Boehringer
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Saint-Gobain

For the full list visit the Cambridge English global recognition page.

What does the exam include?

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) includes thorough tests of all areas of your language ability. The exam is divided into five papers; reading, writing, use of English, listening and speaking.

The speaking test is taken face-to-face, with two candidates and two examiners to create a realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.

Paper Content Marks (% of total) Purpose
Reading (1 hour 15 minutes) 4 parts/34 questions 20% Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines.
Writing (1 hour 30 minutes) 2 parts 20% You create two different pieces of writing, such as articles, essays, letters, proposals, reports and reviews.
Use of English (1 hour) 5 parts/50 questions 20% Tests your use of English with different types of exercise that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.
Listening (about 40 minutes) 4 parts/30 questions 20% Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.
Speaking (15 minutes per pair of candidates) 4 parts 20% Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the speaking test with another candidate.

How do I take the test?

Simply find a centre near you to find out how to register, how to prepare and how much the exam will cost.

How many times a year is the exam offered?

There are more than 37 opportunities to take Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) each year. Check this page to see all the exam dates for 2013.

You can choose to take the exam either on paper or on a computer, it’s up to you. Getting your results back can take as little as two weeks, using the Online Results Service.

It is very easy to register and you can even sign up for a computer-based exam as little as one week before you take it. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is also available internationally – choose from over 1,300 exam centres in over 113 countries.

Who is the exam provided by?

Cambridge English Language Assessment is part of the University of Cambridge. More than 4 million people take Cambridge English exams every year to prove their English language skills.

Cambridge English Language Assessment, the world’s experts in English language learning, teaching and assessment have created this exam based upon continuous in-depth research and validation to ensure reliability and accuracy.

How can I find out more?

Contact your local centre

Visit the Cambridge English Language Assessment website

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