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Lic. Roberto Olivo

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What is C A E certificate?Cambridge English: Advanced was originally introduced in

1991 and is a high-level qualification that is officially

recognized by universities, employers and governments

around the world. Following extensive research, updates in

1999 and 2008 have allowed the exam to keep pace with

changes in language teaching and testing while ensuring

the exam remains reliable, relevant and user friendly for


Candidates can choose to take Cambridge English: Advanced as either a paper-based or a computer-

based exam.

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Who is the exam for?Cambridge English: Advanced is typically taken by high

achievers who want to: follow an academic course at university levelcommunicate effectively at managerial and professional

levelparticipate with confidence in workplace meetings or

academic tutorials and seminarscarry out complex and challenging researchstand out and differentiate themselves.

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What level is the exam?Cambridge English: Advanced is targeted at

Level C1 – the second highest level on the

CEFR scale. Level C1 is required in

demanding academic and professional

settings and achieving a certificate at this

level proves that a candidate has reached a

very advanced level of English.

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What can candidates do at Level C1?

The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) has carried out research to determine what language learners can typically do

It has described these abilities in a series of “Can Do” statements using examples taken from real life situations.

Cambridge ESOL, uses this framework as a way of ensuring its exams reflect real-life language skills.

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CAN contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions.

CAN read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, and CAN take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write a piece of work which shows an ability to communicate.

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Social and TouristCAN pick up nuances of meaning/opinion.CAN keep up conversations of a casual nature for

an extended period of time and discuss abstract/cultural topics with a good degree of fluency and range of expression.

CAN understand complex opinions/ arguments as expressed in serious newspapers.

CAN write most letters they are likely to be asked to do; such errors as occur will not prevent understanding of the message.

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WORKWork CAN follow discussion and argument with only

occasional need for clarification, employing gooD compensation strategies to overcome inadequacies.

CAN deal with unpredictable questions.

CAN understand the general meaning of more complex articles without serious misunderstanding.

CAN, given enough time, write a report that communicates the desired message

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STUDYCAN follow up questions by probing for more


CAN make critical remarks/express disagreement without causing offence.

CAN scan texts for relevant information, and grasp main topic of text.

CAN write a piece of work whose message can be followed throughout.

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A THOROUGH TEST OF ALL AREAS OF LANGUAGE ABILITYThere are five papers: Each paper carries 20% of the total

marks. Detailed information on each test follow next.

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LANGUAGE ABILITIESReading: 1 hour 15 minutesCandidates need to be able to understand texts from

publications such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines.

Writing: 1 hour 30 minutesCandidates have to show that they can produce two different

pieces of writing: a compulsory task in Part 1, and one from a choice of five in Part 2.

Use of English:

1 hour Candidates’ use of English is tested by tasks which show

how well they can control their grammar and vocabulary.

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LANGUAGE ABILITIESListening: 40 minutesCandidates need to show they can understand the meaning of

a range of spoken material, including lectures, radio broadcasts, speeches and talks.

Speaking: 15 minutesCandidates take the Speaking test with another candidate or

in a group of three, and are tested on their ability to take part in different types of interaction: with the examiner, withthe other candidate and by themselves

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International English

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CERTIFICATESCambridge English: Advanced – Level C2 Grade A Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond C1 level. If a candidate achieves a grade A in their exam, they will receive the

Certificate in Advanced English stating that they demonstrated ability at Level C2.

Cambridge English: Advanced – Level C1 Grade B or C If a candidate achieves grade B or C in their exam, they will be awarded

the Certificate in Advanced English at Level C1. Level B2 Certificate

If a candidate’s performance is below Level C1, but falls withinLevel B2, they will receive a Cambridge English certificate stating that

they demonstrated ability at B2 level.

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