CAE - Cambridge Advanced English
The CAE is an international English Language examination developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is made up of four exam papers, designed to test the key language skills. The four papers are Reading and Use of English; Writing; Listening; and Speaking. Candidates have the choice of taking the Certificate in Advanced English on either a computer or on paper. The Speaking test is taken face-to-face with two examiners and two candidates, as this provides a more realistic and reliable measure of ability. The CAE is set at Level C1 in the CEFR and can be used to study, work and for immigration purposes.
The CAE is set at Level C1 in the CEFR and can be used to study, work and for immigration purposes. The CAE is an international English Language examination developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment.
The first part of the writing paper is compulsory and involves writing an essay in response to an article or leaflet etc. Candidates must choose one of three writing tasks in the second part e.g writing a letter, proposal or report etc. Candidates are assessed by Content, Communicative Achievement, Organisation and Language.
The Reading and Use of English paper in the CAE has several parts and approximately 60 questions. Candidates are expected to be able to understand texts taken from a range of sources such as short stories, novels, magazines, newspapers and internet articles.
The Listening paper has 30 questions, which include listening to short extracts, a long monologue, an interview or discussion and short monologues on a particular theme. Candidates are expected to demonstrate skills needed for real-life purposes
The Speaking test in the CAE is taken face-to-face and the standard format is two candidates and two examiners. One examiner acts as interlocutor and assessor, interacting with the candidates and managing the test. The other acts as assessor. Candidates speak alone (monologue), with the interlocutor and with the other candidate.