The Cambridge Advanced Examination (CAE), or as many call it “The Advanced”, is a natural progression from the FCE or Lower. As its title implies, it is at a more advanced level and reflects the elevated linguistic competence of the test taker. Consequently, many universities will consider a strong grade, that is between C and A, as sufficient evidence of the test taker’s English language to be admitted to a university while many employers will deem a pass in the CAE proof of an employee’s English language skills set. In short, the CAE is a strong asset for anyone’s CV and a good base to move to either the Cambridge Proficiency Examination, IELTS or TOEFL.
The test comprises four sections:
- Reading & Use of English – 90 minutes
- Writing – 2 tasks, 90 minutes
- Listening – 40 minutes, 30 questions
- Speaking – interview, normally with another candidate, lasting approximately 15 minutes
You now have the opportunity to choose whether you want to do the CAE on paper or on a computer – you will have to check to see whether your nearest test centre offers the requisite facilities.
The CAE examination is offered four times a year: in March, May, June, August and December for the paper-based test, and February, April, July, August and November for the computer-based test. The results are generally available about two weeks after the test date. The grades of the CAE are from A to U, a pass generally considered anything between C an A; anything below is considered a fail.
At AGF Tutoring, we have extremely well-qualified linguists and English language tutors with years of experience who are very capable of preparing you for the CAE in the minimum possible time whilst ensuring the highest possible results. If you are interested in commencing online tutorials for the CAE please register here or book your free introductory session.