Cambridge | C1 Advanced (CAE)

Cambridge | C1 Advanced (CAE)

Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) is a high quality, international English language qualification that you can use for your university and student visa application. C1 Advanced was formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).

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What is the Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) exam?

Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) is a prestigious Cambridge English Qualification designed for individuals seeking to demonstrate their advanced-level English proficiency. This official certification aligns with Level C1 of the Europe's Common European Framework for languages (CEFR), as recognised by the Council of Europe.

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What can you expect at Level C1 with the Cambridge exam C1 Advanced (CAE)

At the C1 level, candidates can confidently:

  • Contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within their professional area, engaging in casual conversations with a high degree of fluency and comfortably handling abstract expressions.
  • Read and comprehend academic courses swiftly, while taking accurate notes during meetings or crafting written pieces that showcase effective communication at a professional level.

Who takes the Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) exam?

In Switzerland, C1 Advanced is a widely recognised examination, valued as a school-leaving qualification at higher educational levels, including Gymnasiums, universities, and universities of applied sciences. It is also relevant for Pedagogical Studies Institutes (Pädagogische Hochschulen).

Furthermore, C1 Advanced (CAE) has a significant presence in the corporate sector, serving as a valuable asset to any CV. It enhances job applications where advanced English language skills are imperative.

What are the benefits of a Cambridge C1 Advanced qualification?

C1 Advanced (CAE) holds recognition as an entry or school-leaving qualification across various educational levels, including KV 'M-Profil', Gymnasiums, and institutions of higher education. Many contemporary companies mandate C1 Advanced (CAE) as the minimum English language competence requirement, setting it apart as a qualification that goes beyond the ordinary. Successful candidates can distinguish themselves from other applicants in their pursuit of employment opportunities.

Numerous prominent companies and corporations in Switzerland highly regard C1 Advanced (CAE) as a qualification that signifies exceptional language competence.

Embark on your journey towards advanced English proficiency with Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE). Register today and elevate your prospects in education, career, and beyond.

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Format of the exam

You can take your Cambridge C1 Advanced English exam in two ways: on a computer or on paper. Exam length is about 4 hours.

Paper Content Marks (%of total) Purpose
Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes) 8 parts/ 56 questions 40% 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.
Writing (1 hour 30 minutes) 2 parts 20% You create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails, proposals, reports and reviews.
Listening (about 40 minutes) 4 parts/ 30 questions 20% Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.
Speaking (15 minutes per pair of candidates) 4 parts 20% Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face–to–face situations. You will take the Speaking test with another candidate.

Computer-Based Exams for Convenience

Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) exams are available in a convenient computer-based format. There are numerous advantages to taking your exam on a computer including flexible dates, convenient and modern locations, efficient systems as well as speedy results. Read more about digital assessment and its benefits.

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