CAE

 

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.

 

EXAM STRUCTURE

Paper 1
Reading
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
Listening
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
Speaking
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


Marking

  • •    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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