C1 Advanced (CAE)

The C1 Advanced (CAE)

Level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Whether you are applying for a job in a company with English as a working language, a place at university, or a student visa – a C1 Advanced (CAE) certificate can help you to reach your academic and professional goals.

According to the Times Higher World Ranking 2015-2016, 99% of the top 11 universities included in this ranking use Cambridge English exams to verify the English language skills of students. The Times Higher list ranks universities worldwide in terms of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The most required proof of language competence is the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).

The C1 Advanced (CAE) certificate shows that you can:

  • communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level
  • follow an academic course at university level
  • participate with confidence in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars
  • express yourself with a high level of fluency

Worldwide recognition

The C1 Advanced (CAE) is the most commonly required proof of language competence and is accepted by thousands of employers, governments, professional bodies, and universities globally.

The Exam Format

Cambridge exams are designed to ensure standardised test conditions for people of all linguistic backgrounds and nationalities and are supported by a dedicated global research programme.

The exam covers all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Target: Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with different types of exercise that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.

Check your answers (see PDF) as you do the test – once the test has finished you will not be able to check them anymore.

Sample Test - Answer Key

You may need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample tests. 

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Target: Requires you to be able to produce different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews, essays and emails.

Sample Test - Writing Checklist

You may need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample tests. 

There is no answer key for the Writing Paper, but you should take a look at the Writing Checklist.

Duration: 40 minutes

Target: Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.

Check your answers (see PDF) as you do the test – once the test has finished you will not be able to check them anymore.

Sample Test - Answer Key

You may need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample tests. 

Duration: 16 minutes

Target: Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.

Ready for Exam-Assessment

Would you like to clarify whether or not you already are at the right level to take the C1 Advanced (CAE) exam? Ask us for our Ready for Exam-Assessment (free of charge) and a personal consultation!

The exams at The Cambridge Institute are computer-based, which means that you can take the Reading and Use of English, Writing and Listening conveniently on the computer.

To be fully prepared on the exam day, please be so kind as to familiarise yourself with the following video tutorial as well as the computer-based sample tests:

Video Tutorial

Exams

Title Date (Written + Oral) Registration Deadline Price Actions Results release window
CAE CB Thu 05.12.2019 Thu 07.11.2019 €249,00 Inquiry 19.12.2019 to 02.01.2020
CAE CB Sat 15.02.2020 Mon 20.01.2020 €249,00 Inquiry 28.02.2020 to 05.03.2020
CAE CB Sat 04.04.2020 Fri 06.03.2020 €249,00 Inquiry 21.04.2020 to 27.04.2020
CAE CB Tue 09.06.2020 Tue 12.05.2020 €249,00 Inquiry 23.06.2020 to 29.06.2020
CAE CB Sat 18.07.2020 Fri 19.06.2020 €249,00 Inquiry 31.07.2020 to 06.08.2020
CAE CB Sat 19.09.2020 Mon 24.08.2020 €249,00 Inquiry 02.10.2020 to 08.10.2020
CAE CB Sat 07.11.2020 Mon 12.10.2020 €249,00 Inquiry 20.11.2020 to 26.11.2020
CAE CB Thu 03.12.2020 Thu 05.11.2020 €249,00 Inquiry 17.12.2020 to 23.12.2020
CAE CB Sat 13.02.2021 Mon 18.01.2021 €249,00 Inquiry
CAE CB Sat 10.04.2021 Mon 15.03.2021 €249,00 Inquiry
CAE CB Tue 08.06.2021 Tue 11.05.2021 €249,00 Inquiry
CAE CB Sat 26.06.2021 Fri 31.05.2019 €249,00 Inquiry
CAE CB Sat 17.07.2021 Fri 21.06.2019 €249,00 Inquiry