If you are sxpected to complete an English proficiency exam before applying for a program or course abroad the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) might be the one to take. Colleges and universities often list accepted exams in their information about a specific program or course.
The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) is widely recignized around the globe for both work and study purposes. The exam itself simulate real life situations and focus on all four communication skills: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking in different contexts.
Taking the CAE Test
The test can be taken three times each year in March, June, and December. To register for the test you need to contact your nearest Cambrigde ESOL test center. There are over 2.000 test centers in over 130 countries around the world and you can find more specific information on registration, test sites, recognition etc. by visiting www.cambridgeesol.org.
There are a range of resources available in preparing for the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English exam including past papers to take a look at.
The test is taken in five sections:
- Reading (75 minutes)
You will need to prove that you easily understand texts such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines.
- Writing (90 minutes)
You will produce two different pieces of writing such as an article, a report, a proposal and a review.
- Use of English Paper (60 minutes)
Your English language skills will be tested on grammar and vocabulary by a few different tasks.
- Listening (40 minutes)
You will listen to a range of spoken material, including lectures, radio broadcasts, speeches and talks and show that you understand the meaning of them.
- Speaking (15 minutes)
In small groups you will be tested on your ability to take part in different types of interaction: with the examiner, with the other candidate and by yourself.
The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English will prove that you can read quickly enough to make your way at a college or university.
Your CAE Results
Each of the listed components of the test counts for 20% of your total score.
You will be awarded with the Certificate in Advanced English if you receive a pass grade (eg. A, B, or C), if you get a D or E you have not passed the test and will not be awarded the certificate.
For more information about registration, test sites, recognition etc. visit www.cambridgeesol.org.