Cambridge English: Advanced or  Certificate in Advanced English is a language exam that confirms your knowledge of English as C1 (Advanced). It is normally abbreviated as CAE. Cambridge English: Advanced certificate is recognised worldwide and can be used to study or work abroad as well as for immigration. This exam has been revised in 2015 and this page covers the most up-to-date version.

CAE Test Structure

  • Reading and Use of English: 8 parts, 56 questions total. Lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Writing: 2 pieces of writing, one mandatory and one to choose from three different tasks. Lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Listening: 4 parts, 30 questions total. Lasts for 30 minutes
  • Speaking: 4 parts. Lasts for 15 minutes per two candidates (there can be more than two). CAE Speaking may take place before or after the written part of the exam on a different day

There is a mandatory break of 15 minutes between each part of the exam.

CAE Scoring

CAE exam score ranges from 180 to 210. Each of five test aspects has independent score, the total test score is the average of five aspects. If your score is below 180 you do not get a CAE certificate. If you score within 160-179 mark you get a Cambridge Certificate that confirms your level as B2.

CAE ScoreCAE GradeCEFR Level% of takers, 2016
200-210Grade AC211.5
193-199Grade BC119.9
180-192Grade CC144.0
>159Below B22.5

The percentage data is the average figure for all countries. Click for information on each country for 2014, 2015 or 2016.

Below is an example of a CAE Statement of Result form that you receive via email

CAE Statement of Result
As you see your score is the average of five aspects

In order to get 210 score for an aspect, you need to get at least 92% of points in it, not 100%!
To get Grade A (200-209 score), you require 80-91% of points respectively. For Grade B (193-199 score), you will have to get 75-79% of points. Finally, for Grade C (180-192) 60 to 74% is needed. CAE practice tests calculate your score and grade, try them out!

You can check your CAE test results online. The results are posted one month after all four sections are completed. You will also get them via the e-mail you put in your exam registration form. You get your physical certificate in about two months after completing all parts of your test.

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