Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Who is it for?

If you can communicate with confidence in English for work or study purposes, this is the exam for you. CAE is taken by more than 60,000 people each year in more than 60 countries.
CAE is one of the Cambridge exams.

What is the CAE test like?

The test has five sections:

  • Reading - 75 minutes
  • Writing - 2 or 3 tasks , 120 minutes
  • Use of English- 5 tasks with 50 questions - 60 minutes
  • Listening - 40 minutes, 30 questions
  • Speaking - interview, normally with another candidate, 15 minutes


A, B, C (pass), D, E or U (fail) CAE pass is accepted for entry to some universities.
The Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening & Speaking sections each count for 20% of the marks.
You will receive a Statement of Results. If your performance ranges between CEFR Levels B2 and C2, you will also receive a certificate. Pass grades:
Grade A (C2), Grade B (C1), Grade C (C1)
If you do not pass, but still do reasonably well you are issued a B2 certificate.

Paper-based or computer-based exams

You can do the CAE exam on a computer or on paper.

When can I take the test?

Arrange with your closest test centre. The CAE test can be taken most months in either paper-based or computer-based format. Not all test centres will administer both types of test.