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.

Exam Information

What is Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE)?

Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) is an official Cambridge English examination at an advanced level requiring competence in all the language skills, set at level C1 of the Council of Europe's Common Framework of Reference for Languages.

At C1 level typical users can:

  • contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency coping with abstract expressions
  • read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, and CAN take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write a piece of work which shows an ability to communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level

Who takes Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE)?

Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) is a widely taken exam Cambridge English Exam in Switzerland. C1 Advanced (CAE) is used as a school-leaving exam at higher educational levels (Gymnasium, higher education such as Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences, [Pedagogical Studies Institutes] [Pädagogische Hochschulen], etc.). C1 Advanced (CAE) is also used in the corporate sector and is an asset to every CV. It improves every application where higher level English language skills are required.

Why to take C1 Advanced (CAE)?

C1 Advanced (CAE) is recognised as entry or school-leaving qualification at various educational levels (e.g. KV M-Profile, Gymnasium, institutions of higher education etc.). Many companies today require C1 Advanced (CAE) as the minimum requirement in regard to English language competence which makes C1 Advanced (CAE) a qualification beyond the general requirements, helping successful candidates to differentiate themselves from other applications in their search for employment. There are many companies and corporations in Switzerland who recognise C1 Advanced (CAE) as a qualification demonstrating very good language competence.

Format of the exam

You can take your Cambridge exam in two ways: on a computer or on paper.

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.

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