About CAE

Cambridge Advance English ( CAE) Test is developed by Cambridge University that is officially recognized by more than 6,000 universities, employers and governments around the world as being a reliable, accurate and fair test of English.

Cambridge English: Advanced is targeted at Level C1 – the second highest level on the CEFR scale. Level C1 is required in demanding academic and professional settings and achieving a certificate at this level proves that a candidate has reached a very advanced level of English.

It covers all four language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking and includes a fifth element focusing on the candidate’s understanding of the structure of the language.

Test Formats

There are four papers: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The overall performance is calculated by averaging the scores achieved in Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Use of English. The weighting of each of the four skills and Use of English is equal.

Paper Content Time
Reading & Use of English 8 Parts / 56 Questions 1 hour 30 minutes
Writing 2 Parts 1 hour 30 minutes
Listening 4 Parts / 30 Questions 40 minutes
Speaking 4 Parts 15 minutes per pair of candidates
Total Hours 4 Hours

Test Score

Candidates will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English, giving a clear understanding of your performance. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.

All candidates receive a Statement of Results, and if you are successful in the exam you will also receive a certificate. Your Statement of Results is released online, approximately four to six weeks after the exam for paper-based exams, and two to three weeks after the exam for computer-based exams.

Cambridge English Scale Score Grade/CEFR CEFR level
200–210 Grade A C2
193–199 Grade B C1
180–192 Grade C1 C1
160–179 Level B2 B2