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Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

CAE is an exam for advanced users of English. This exam is intended to show that you can use written and spoken English for most professional and social purposes.

When and where can you take CAE?

Exam venues

We have exam centres in Barcelona, Mataró, Palma de Mallorca, Sabadell, Tarragona, Terrassa and Zaragoza. You can take Cambridge Advanced at least one of our centres just about every month of the year.

At some of our centres, you can choose either the traditional paper-based exam or the computer-based (CB) test (which makes the writing paper so much easier!)

Dates and enrolment

Paper-based CAE

Computer-based CAE

Price and payment

2017: €204. You can pay either online (see Enrolment link, above) or in person at any of our centres. Contact us if you need assistance!

Important

Note that oral exams can be from up to two weeks before the written exams until the following day, including Saturdays.

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Barcelona

Courses | 93 268 45 11

Mataró

Courses | 93 796 01 25

Palma Mallorca

Courses | 971 726 408

Sabadell

Courses | 93 725 70 00

Tarragona

Courses | 977 23 4004

Terrassa

Courses | 93 788 84 62

Zaragoza

Courses | 976 565 255

Are you ready to take the CAE exam?

What level is CAE?

CAE corresponds to Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) | More about the different levels

At C1 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • read quickly enough to cope with an academic course
  • understand complex opinions
  • produce clear, well structured and detailed pieces of writing
  • express themselves well with a good degree of fluency
  • use English flexibly for social, professional and academic purposes

Your preparation for CAE will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

Is CAE for you?

Can you...

  • use English in an effective way for business or study?
  • use English confidently and flexibly?
  • produce well-structured, clear pieces of writing on complex issues?

If you are working towards acquiring those skills and your level of English currently permits you to do approximately those things, then CAE is probably the right exam for you.

Are you ready?

The best way to find out if you're ready to take the exam is to come and do a full level test, including an oral test.

You can do this (free of charge, no commitment!) at any of our centers.

What you'll find on the exam

Paper 1

Reading and Use of English
1 hour 30 minutes

In the first part of this paper, your use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary In the second part of this paper, you will need to demonstrate that you are able to understand texts from publications such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines.

Paper 2

Writing
1 hour 30 minutes

The first part of the writing paper is obligatory. In this section you have to write an essay – based on some notes that have been provided for you. In the second part of the writing paper, you have a choice. You can write a letter, proposal, review, report.

Paper 3

Listening
40 minutes

You need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of spoken material, including lectures, radio broadcasts, speeches and talks.

Paper 4

Speaking
15 minutes

You will take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three, and you will be tested on your ability to take part in different types of interaction