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C1 Advanced

C1 Advanced (CAE)


A C1 Advanced certificate has no expiration date. However, some institutions have their own language requirements or policies on how recent they require exam results to be. They may ask you for evidence that you have maintained or improved your level of English since you took your exam. Speak to the institution you are applying to and confirm their individual requirements.

C1 Advanced is a truly international certificate, recognised around the world for business and study purposes. Thousands of employers, universities and government departments officially recognise C1 Advanced as an Advanced qualification in English.

Who is the C1 Advanced exam for and why should I take it?

The C1 Advanced exam is suitable for :

What is the format of C1 Advanced exam?

C1 Advanced has 4 papers:

Reading and Use of English: 1 hour 30 minutes

You will need to be able to understand texts from publications such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines. Your use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.

Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes

You will have to show you can produce two different pieces of writing such as an article, a report, a proposal and a review.

Listening: 40 minutes

You need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of spoken material, including lectures, radio broadcasts, speeches and talks.

Speaking: 15 minutes

You will take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three, and 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.


There are three Pass grades:

Two Fail grades:

The grade is based on the total score of all 5 papers.

Certificates are awarded to candidates who score 160 and above and are despatched approximately 10 days after the results release window has ended. For further information about the scores, please visit the Cambridge Assessment English website.

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C1 Advanced is a high level English language qualification that shows learners have the skills and fluency to go to university in an English speaking country or work for an international organisation. After preparing for C1 Advanced students can go on to prepare for C2 Proficiency which is our highest level qualification and shows that students have mastered the English language to an exceptional level.