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C1 Advanced

Information for candidates

The Information for Candidates booklet is packed with study tips, exam advice and frequently asked questions. A great way to help your learners feel fully prepared for their exam.

Please click on the image below to download the booklet.

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C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), is one of our Cambridge English Qualifications. It is the in-depth, high-level qualification that shows you have the language skills that employers and universities are looking for.

More than 9,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept C1 Advanced as proof of high-level achievement in learning English. 

Preparing for C1 Advanced helps learners develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries.

This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between B2 First and C2 Proficiency.

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Exam Format

The C1 Advanced Reading and Use of English paper is in eight parts and has a mix of text types and questions. Click to find sample papers.

Paper 1: Reading and Use of English

90 MINUTES

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.

Paper 3: Listening

ABOUT 40 MINUTES

Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.

Paper 2: Writing

90 MINUTES

You create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails, proposals, reports and reviews.

Paper 4: Speaking

15-23 MINUTES

Shows how good your spoken English is as you take part in conversation by asking/answering questions and discussing topics. Your Speaking test will be face to face with one or two other candidates and two examiners. One of the examiners talks to you and the other examiner listens. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.

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