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

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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

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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 Sat 15.01.2022 Sat 25.12.2021 €255,00 Inquiry 28.01.2022 to 03.02.2022
CAE CB Sat 12.02.2022 Sat 22.01.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 25.02.2022 to 03.03.2022
CAE CB Fri 11.03.2022 Fri 18.02.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 25.03.2022 to 31.03.2022
CAE PB - paper based! Sat 12.03.2022 Sat 29.01.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 08.04.2022 to 25.04.2022
CAE CB - only a few spots left Sat 09.04.2022 Sat 19.03.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 26.04.2022 to 03.05.2022
CAE PB - paper based! Sat 23.04.2022 Sat 12.03.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 23.05.2022 to 06.06.2022
CAE CB Thu 12.05.2022 Thu 21.04.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 26.05.2022 to 02.06.2022
CAE PB - paper based! Sat 14.05.2022 Sat 02.04.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 13.06.2022 to 24.06.2022
CAE CB Sat 21.05.2022 Sat 30.04.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 06.06.2022 to 10.06.2022
CAE PB - paper based! Sat 04.06.2022 Sat 23.04.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 01.07.2022 to 14.07.2022
CAE CB - fully booked! Tue 07.06.2022 Tue 17.05.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 21.06.2022 to 27.06.2022
CAE PB - paper based! Wed 08.06.2022 Wed 27.04.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 06.07.2022 to 19.07.2022
CAE CB Sat 11.06.2022 Sat 21.05.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 24.06.2022 to 30.06.2022
CAE PB - paper based! Sat 18.06.2022 Sat 07.05.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 15.07.2022 to 28.07.2022
CAE CB Sat 25.06.2022 Sat 04.06.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 08.07.2022 to 14.07.2022
CAE CB Sat 16.07.2022 Sat 25.06.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 29.07.2022 to 04.08.2022
CAE CB Sat 30.07.2022 Sat 09.07.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 12.08.2022 to 18.08.2022
CAE CB Sat 20.08.2022 Sat 30.07.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 05.09.2022 to 09.09.2022
CAE PB - paper based! Sat 10.09.2022 Sat 30.07.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 07.10.2022 to 20.10.2022
CAE CB Sat 17.09.2022 Sat 27.08.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 30.09.2022 to 06.10.2022
CAE PB - paper based! Sat 22.10.2022 Sat 10.09.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 18.11.2022 to 01.12.2022
CAE CB Sat 29.10.2022 Sat 08.10.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 11.11.2022 to 17.11.2022
CAE CB Sat 05.11.2022 Sat 15.10.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 18.11.2022 to 24.11.2022
CAE PB - paper based! Wed 30.11.2022 Wed 19.10.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 05.01.2023 to 18.01.2023
CAE CB Thu 01.12.2022 Thu 10.11.2022 €255,00 Inquiry 15.12.2022 to 21.12.2022