A young man waiting for his Cambridge English C1 Advanced speaking test

The Cambridge English: C1 Advanced (CAE) qualification shows that your English is of a standard expected of a professional business person or an undergraduate university student.

Level of qualification

C1 Proficient on the Common European Framework

Who should take this exam?

You should take the C1 Advanced (CAE) if you want to prove to employers or universities that you can communicate confidently in English in professional and high level academic situations.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • write complex reports and emails, and take notes in meetings or lectures
  • give presentations on complicated ideas in English
  • understand a variety of texts, from fiction to newspaper opinion pieces.

How does the exam process work?

There are four parts to the exam. You will complete the Reading and Use of English, Writing, and Listening papers on the same day. The Speaking may be on a different day. You do the Speaking with two examiners and one other exam candidate. The exam is available in Greece in both paper-based and computer-based format.

  Reading and
Use of English
Writing Listening Speaking
Time 1 hour
30 minutes
1 hour
30 minutes
40 minutes 15 minutes
per pair of
(% of total)
40% 20% 20% 20%

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