+ What’s C1 Advanced (CAE)?

C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), is one of our Cambridge English Qualifications. It is the in-depth, high-level qualification that shows you have the language skills that employers and universities are looking for.

+ Do I have to pass each paper in order to pass the whole examination?

No. Your overall performance is calculated by averaging the scores you achieve in Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Use of English. The weighting of each of the four skills and Use of English is equal.

+ How do candidates record their answers?

Candidates write their answers on the answer sheets provided by shading a lozenge or by writing words. The answer sheet is marked according to a mark scheme and then scanned by computer. You must transfer your answers to the answer sheet within the time given for the paper (1 hour 30 minutes).

+ How can I prepare generally?

You should read widely and for interest from the same sources as the texts in the test. You should be able to distinguish different types of writing, and understand the writer’s purpose and the main ideas in the text. This will help you to predict the types of question you will find in the Reading tasks, and recognise collocations and tense use, for example in the Use of English tasks. Overall, reading widely should help to increase your confidence about the test itself.
You should also practise your time management when preparing for the paper. Practising answering questions and completing tasks within a set time limit will help you when sitting the exam.

+ What should I do if I do not understand the instructions?

You should ask the examiner to repeat the instructions. You will not be penalised for this. The examiner will be happy to repeat instructions but, for reasons of fairness, they cannot change the way in which they are worded.

+ Where can I find more information about C1 Advanced?

For more information about Cambridge English: C1 Advanced, visit: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/advanced/