CAE is a high quality, international English language qualification that candidates can use for college or university admissions and students application.

Educational institutions worldwide accept the CAE test, including universities and colleges in Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Canada and the US.  It is also trusted and accepted globally for work, study and immigration purposes by over 4,000, organizations as proof of high-level English language skills.

Preparing for the exam helps candidates develop the language skills needed for success in study and work.  CAE covers all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.  The exam is available up to 37 times a year with test dates available at least once every month.  CAE is available as both a paper-based and computer-based format and the certificate never expires.

The CAE Exam Format has been changed from January, 2015. The new exam format is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills. See exactly what’s in each paper below.

The Speaking test is taken face-to-face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.

CAE Exam Format:

The CAE test takes approximately 3 hours 55 minutes to complete and tests skills in Reading & Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Paper                                                    Content                               Marks(% of Purpose total)

Reading and Use of English

(1 hour 30 minutes)                        8 parts/56 questions                       40%

Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with different types of exercise that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.


(1 hour 30 minutes)                        2 parts                                                  20%

You create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails, proposals, reports and reviews.


(about 40 minutes)                         4 parts/30 questions                       20%

Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.


(15 minutes per pair of candidates)        4 parts                                  20%

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with another candidate.

The Certificate of Advanced English can be taken as standard test (pencil and paper) or computer-based.