Full name: Certificate in Advanced English
Exam Board: Cambridge ESOL British English
CEF Level: C1


This exam goes further in testing English language proficiency by reflecting candidate’s ease in their use of structure, register, fluency and their understanding of social and cultural linguistic elements.



Paper 1
1hr 15 mins

Part 1 3 texts on a similar theme, each with 2 multiple-choice questions
Part 2 Text with 6 paragraphs removed that must be correctly inserted in the correct order
Part 3 Text followed by 7 multiple-choice questions
Part 4 Long text or several short texts + 15 multiple-matching questions
Paper 2
Writing 1hr 30 mins

Part 1 One compulsory question
Part 2 One task to be chosen out of five (including one on the set texts)
Candidates are expected to write texts such as an article, an essay, a letter, information sheets, a proposal, a report, a review or a competition entry. Evaluation, hypothesis, persuasion, justification and expression of opinion are expected.
Paper 3
Use of English
1 hr

Part 1 Modified cloze test with 12 gaps and 12 questions
Part 2 Modified open cloze test with 15 gaps
Part 3 Selecting the correct word to fit into a text – 10 questions
Part 4 5 questions, each with 3 discrete sentences with one gap. These sentences must be completed with one word appropriate to each of the 3 sentences.
Paper 4
approx. 40 mins

Part 1 3 short extracts with 2 multiple-choice question for each extract
Part 2 Sentence completion task with 8 questions
Part 3 Text involving speakers with 6 multiple-choice questions
Part 4 5 short, related monologues with 10 multiple-matching questions
Paper 5
15 mins
2 candidates and 2 examiners

Part 1 Conversation between candidate and examiner
Part 2 Individual ‘long turn’ for each candidate with brief response from second candidate (visual and written stimuli, with spoken instruction)
Part 3 Two-way conversation between candidates
Part 4 Discussion on topics related to Part 3


  • •    The final score is based on the total score for all five papers. In order to pass the examination, not all five papers need to be at a satisfactory level.
  • •    All papers are equally weighted and the total score is 200.
  • •    Results are given as A, B or C for a pass, and D or E for a fail. These grades are set according to statistics of candidature, success rates, examiner advice/recommendations, and comparison with the previous year.

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