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C1 Advanced (CAE) Cambridge exam

Cambridge exam C1 Advanced (CAE) · 2020. 8. 31. · GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT CAE What happens if a candidate reaches C2 Proficiency (CPE) level? If you take the CAE exam and reach

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  • C1 Advanced (CAE)Cambridge exam

  • What is CAE?“Cambridge English: Advanced” is alsoabbreviated as CAE and is a Cambridge

    examination. To pass this exam youneed at least C1 knowledge. With the

    Advanced Certificate, you thereforeprove to have language skills at an

    Advanced level and can communicatespontaneously and flexibly at any time and can understand and writetexts of high complexity. You can

    therefore use all elements of Englishwith confidence.

    SCORES (CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH SCALE SCORE)Grade A 200-210 (Cambridge English scale score)Grade B 193-199 (Cambridge English scale score)Grade C 180-192 (Cambridge English scale score)Fail B2 level 160-179 (Cambridge English scale score)

    REGISTRATION Book at least three months in advance. Candidates havea choice between computer and paper-based exams.

    DIFFICULTY LEVELC1 / Proficient user (CEFR level scale)

    NUMBER OF PAPERSThere are four papers. Reading and Use of English are worth50%, Writing, Listening and Speaking are worth 25% each

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  • How does CAE translate onthe CEFR level scale?

    understand longer, more detailed textsexpress oneself fluently andspontaneously without having to searchfor expressionsproduce complex, well-structured textswith cohesive devices and connectors

    C1 Advanced (CAE) translates as C1Proficient user on the CEFR level scale. Thismean candidates with C1 language skills can:

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  • GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT CAE

    What happens if a candidatereaches C2 Proficiency (CPE) level?

    If you take the CAE exam and reach a level ofC2 Proficiency (200 points or more

    Cambridge English scale score),you will stillnot receive a Proficiency (CPE) certificate.

    What happens if a candidate receivesless than 160 points?

    If a candidate receives less than an average of160 points (B2 Cambridge English scale score),

    the grade will not be reported on theCambridge English scale score.

    Does CAE have an expiry date?

    Fortunately, the Advanced (CAE) doesnot have an expiry date.

  • When is the CAE beneficial?

    Primary school teachersare required to have either

    the CAE or IELTScertificate (Band 7) in

    Switzerland

    SWISS PRIMARY

    SCHOOL TEACHERS A CAE certificate is a hugebonus to have on your CV.More and more employersare asking for it nowadays.

    EMPLOYERS

    One of the requirements ofobtaining a visa/ universityentry for the UK, Australia,

    US could be a CAEcertificate.

    VISA OR UNIVERSITY

    PURPOSES

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  • Part 1: Multiple-choice cloze (one mark for each correct answer)Part 5: Mulitple-choice (two marks for each correct answer)Part 6: Cross-text multiple matching (two marks for each correct answer)Part 7: Gapped text (two marks for each correct answer)part 8: Multiple matching (one mark for each correct answer)

    What parts are graded in the Reading?

    Time management can be a challenging factorof the CAE exam. Candidates have approx. 9minutes to complete each Reading part.

    How much time do candidates haveto complete each Reading part?

    The maximum Reading score is 50 points which correspondsto 210 (C2) on the Cambridge English scale score.

    Maximum score

    The minimum Reading score is 32 points which correspondsto 180 (C1) on the Cambridge English scale score.

    Minimum score to pass

    Fiction books,newspapers and magazines.

    What are the text types?

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    Reading

    90 MINUTES

    Both Reading and Use of English are taken on the samepaper but are given two separate grades. Candidates aregiven 90 minutes to complete both parts. Reading andUse of English are worth 50% (25% each) of the overallexam.

    Are Reading and Use of English takentogether?

  • Part 2: Open-cloze(one mark for each correct answer)Part 3: Word formation(one mark for each correct answer)Part 4: Keyword transformation(up to two marks for correct answer)

    What parts are graded in the Use of English?

    The maximum Use of English score is 28 points whichcorresponds to 210 (C2) on the Cambridge Englishscale score.

    Maximum score

    The minimum Use of English score is 16 points whichcorresponds to 180 (C1) on the Cambridge English scale score.

    Minimum score to pass

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    Time management can be a challenging factor of theCAE exam. Candidates have approx. 12 minutes tocomplete each Use of English part.

    How much time do candidates have tocomplete each Use of English part? It is advisable to write with capital letters in the Use of English

    part, if candidates choose the paper-based exam.

    Do I have to write with capital letters in the paperbased exam?

    Spelling is very important. Anything spelt incorrectly will be penalised.

    How important is spelling?

    Use of English

    90 MINUTES

    Both Reading and Use of English are taken on the samepaper but are given two separate grades. Candidates aregiven 90 minutes to complete both parts. Reading andUse of English are worth 50% (25% each) of the overallexam.

    Are Reading and Use of English takentogether?

  • Writing

    90 MINUTES

    This depends on the exam type. Candidates have a choicebetween paper-based and computer-based.It's important forcandidates to research exam types before registering.

    Do candidates type or write their texts?

    There are two parts in the writing :Part 1: Write an essay (compulsory, 220-260 words) Part 2: Choice between a letter, report, article or review (220-260 words)

    How many parts are in the Writing?

    The maximum Writing score is 40 points which correspondsto 210 (C2) on the Cambridge English scale score.

    Maximum score

    The minimum Writing score is 24 points which correspondsto 180 (C1) on the Cambridge English scale score.

    Minimum score to pass

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    Yes, if the examiner cannot read your handwritingcorrectly then marks will be taken away. If acandidate has unclear handwriting, it's worthconsidering computer-based.

    Can candidates get penalised for unclearhandwriting in the paper-based exam?

    Examiners give 0-5 marks for the following criteria:Grammar and Vocabulary; Discourse Management;Pronunciation; and Interactive Communication.Examiners can also award half marks.

    How is the Writing graded?

  • L

    Students hear the Listening audio twice. Candidatesare allowed to take notes during the Listening.

    How many times do candidates hear theListening?

    The maximum Listening score is 30 points which correspondsto 210 (C2) on the Cambridge English scale score.

    Maximum score

    The minimum Listening score is 18 points which correspondsto 180 (C1) on the Cambridge English scale score.

    Minimum score to pass

    There are four parts in the Listening.Part 1: Multiple choice (one mark for each correct answer)Part 2: Sentence completion (one mark for each correct answer)Part 3: Multiple choice (one mark for each correct answer)Part 4: Multiple matching (one mark for each correct answer)

    How many parts are in the Listening?

    Headphones are provided for computer-based examsand a CD player is provided for paper-based exams.

    What Listening equipment is provided?

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    Do candidates get extra time to transfertheir answers?Candidates get an extra five minutes at the end of the test totransfer their answers to the answer sheet. Candidates shouldonly transfer their answers to the answer sheet when advisedby the examiner.

    Listening

    40 MINUTES

  • COMPUTER-BASED PAPER-BASED

    HOW CAN THE EXAM BE TAKEN?You have the choice

    It takes two weeks toreceive results.

    It takes four weeks toreceive results.

  • Speaking

    15 MINUTES,

    per pair of

    candidates

    Candidates do the Speaking exam with twoexaminers and a partner. Some parts of the examare done alone and other parts involve yourSpeaking partner.

    Who takes part in the Speaking exam?

    Candidates are allowed to choose their partner,provided their partner is taking the same exam onthe same date in the same place.

    Can candidates choose their partner?

    The maximum Speaking score is 75 points which correspondsto 210 (C2) on the Cambridge English scale score.

    Maximum score

    The minimum Speaking score is 45 points which correspondsto 180 (C1) on the Cambridge English scale score.

    Minimum score to pass

    There are four parts in the Speaking.Part 1: Interview (2 minutes per candidate)Part 2: Long turn (1 minute per candidate)Part 3: Collaborative task (3 minutes) Part 4: Discussion (5 minutes)

    How many parts are in the Speaking?

    This depends on the exam event that you register for. Thisinformation is usually given to candidates before they register.

    Are the Written and Speaking test on the sameday?

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  • HOW TO PREPARE

    FOR CAE

    ENROLL IN AONE ENGLISH

    COURSE

    NOTE: Students thinking of taking the

    CAE are required to already have

    strong previous knowledge of English.

    SELF-STUDY DON'T PANICIMMERSEYOURSELF

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  • UPCOMING EXAMDATES IN BASEL

    Paper

    Exam type

    20.11.202021.11.2020

    Speakingtest

    21.09.2020

    Registrationdeadline

    21.11.2020

    Writingtest

    Paper

    Exam type

    5.12.2020

    Writingtest

    5.12.2020

    Speakingtest

    21.09.2020

    Registrationdeadline

    Paper

    Exam type

    6.02.2021

    Writing test

    1.09.2020

    Registration opens

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  • St.Alban-Anlage 254052 Basel / BS

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    LocationUPCOMING EXAMDATES IN BASEL

    Paper

    Exam type

    400CHF

    Price

    Paper

    Exam type

    1.09.2020

    Registration opens

    Paper

    Exam type

    9.06.2021

    Writing test

    1.09.2020

    Registration opens

    13.03.2021

    Writing test

    1.09.2020

    Registration opens

    8.05.2021

    Writing test

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