C1 Advanced is an in-depth assessment of English. It provides high-level English skills for academic and professional success. Preparing for C1 Advanced helps learners develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries. This advanced level certificate is accepted globally as proof of high achievement and is widely recognised by educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world.
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|Real-life language skills |
|C1 Advanced (CAE) is set at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the internationally accepted system for describing language ability. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above C1 (Level C2) and the level below (Level B2).|
C1 Advanced offers proof of the English skills that education institutions and employers seek for high-achieving study and work situations. Successful candidates can prove to universities they are prepared for study, show employers they are ready to do business, and demonstrate to governments and immigration officials that they meet the language requirements for visas to enter the UK or Australia.
C1 Advanced shows that a student has the language ability to carry out complex research, communicate effectively at a professional level – and stand out from the crowd.
|Real-world English language skills|
Students gain language skills they can use for university and professional situations, and for living in English-speaking countries. Candidates who have passed C1 Advanced have proven that they are committed to achieving high standards, possess the right English language skills to cope with the demands of study and work and have the necessary communication skills for everyday business activity.
|Reliable and secure|
C1 Advanced uses research-based testing procedures to offer an in-depth, accurate and reliable evaluation of a student’s level of English. The Cambridge English Research and Validation team is the largest dedicated research facility of any UK-based language assessment organisation.
Find out more about research-based testing here...
The C1 Advanced results are reliable because Cambridge English has built high levels of security into every stage of the design, delivery and administration of the exam.
Choose when and how you take your exam - C1 Advanced is available as either a paper-based or computer-based exam, allowing you even more choice over how you take your test.
More than 5,000 universities, businesses, government departments and other organisations around the world recognise C1 Advanced. In many countries, job applicants who can prove strong English skills have better access to jobs and higher earning potential.
Find out who accepts the exam...
Get your results in just two weeks if you take C1 Advanced as a computer-based exam.
|A Cambridge English qualification|
Once you have earned a Cambridge English certificate, you hold one of the most valuable English qualifications in the world. It’s an achievement you can be really proud of.
For C1 Advanced, the following scores will be used to report results:|
The exam is targeted at Level C1 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above C1 (Level C2) and the level below (Level B2).
Scores between 142 and 159 are also reported for C1 Advanced. You will not receive a certificate, but your Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on your Statement of Results.
Please click on the image to the left of this text to find out the relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in C1 Advanced.
|C1 Advanced - Level C2|
Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond C1 level. If you achieve grade A in your exam, you will receive the C1 Advanced certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at Level C2.
If you achieve grade B or C in your exam, you will be awarded the C1 Advanced certificate at Level C1.
|Level B2 Certificate|
If your performance is below Level C1, but falls within Level B2, we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at B2 level.
If you want a university, employer or other organisation to verify your result, you must provide them with the information on your Statement of Results and two additional pieces of information:
1.- Your ID Number (a sequence of nine letters and numbers).
2.- Your Secret Number (a four-digit number).
Both of these pieces of information can be found on your Confirmation of Entry, which you receive when you register for the exam.
They can then verify your result by logging in to www.cambridgeenglish.org/cmp/verifiers
|Free Practice Tests|
Reading and Use of English...
Use the answer keys below:
Listening answer key...
Reading and Use of English answer key...
There is no answer key for the Writing Paper, but there are sample answers and examiner comments on the relevant pages of the Cambridge English: Advanced Handbook. Please note you will need to use the Firefox or Chrome browser to view these sample tests.
Check your answers as you do the test – once the test has finished you will not be able to check them.
|Paper and pencil tests|
Try a paper-based sample C1 Advanced exam paper.
Download sample paper 1 for C1 Advanced...
Download sample paper 2 for C1 Advanced...
Download the Level C1 Writing Checklist...
Advanced 2015 Answer Keys. (Please note that there is no answer key for the Writing paper, but there are sample answers and examiner comments).
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