Advanced (CAE) FAQ

How secure is the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exam?


All Cambridge English exams follow a detailed code of practice which ensures they meet the highest standards of security throughout the testing process. Certificates are printed on security-enhanced paper and include a number of other concealed security features to prevent forgery and malpractice.

In addition, colleges, universities and employers can check the authenticity of any Cambridge English certificate by using our free online Results Verification Service.

What Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) result is accepted for applying for an Australian student visa?


The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) accepts allCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) scores of 32 and higher for exams taken up to two years before the date of the application. Exact scores for different visa categories and assessment levels will be published by DIAC. Your score will be shown on your Statement of Results.

Is Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) the same as the Certificate in Advanced English?


Yes, Cambridge English: Advanced is just another name for the same globally recognised exam, Certificate in Advanced English, or CAE.

Why should I take Cambridge English: Advanced?


Cambridge English: Advanced has been developed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), a department of the University of Cambridge that has been at the forefront of language assessment for nearly a century. Each aspect of Cambridge English: Advanced’s development and delivery is underpinned by research, pretesting and analysis in a constant cycle of review and refinement.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is the ideal qualification to prove that you have mastered English. It shows you are well placed in dealing with complicated academic and professional tasks in English. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) empowers you to:

  • follow an academic course at university level
  • communicate effectively at managerial and professional level
  • participate with confidence in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars
  • carry out complex and challenging research
  • express yourself with a high level of fluency
  • react appropriately in different cultural and social situations.
Will the university I want to apply to have heard of Cambridge English: Advanced?


More than 12,000 organisations around the world recognise Cambridge English exams. Universities and colleges recognise Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) as proof of being able to study to degree level in an English-speaking environment. If you would like more information about which organisations recognise Cambridge English: Advanced, use our convenient online recognition database.

Are Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and IELTS produced by the same people? What’s the difference between the two exams?


Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is produced and distributed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL)Cambridge ESOL also produces IELTS (International English Language Testing System) which is jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge ESOL.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is an affordable high-quality test. It provides in-depth assessment focusing only on those language levels needed for using English for work and study. It also offers you the choice of taking your exam on a computer or on paper.

What else can I do with Cambridge English: Advanced?


In addition to being widely recognised by colleges and universities, Cambridge English: Advanced is relied on by employers, and government departments around the world for recruitment and training purposes. The UK and Australiangovernments also recognises Cambridge English: Advanced for immigration purposes. If you would like more information about which organisations recognise Cambridge English: Advanced, use our convenient online recognition database.

I want a university/employer to be able to verify my exam results – what do I need to do?


If you want a university, employer or other organisation to verify your result, you must provide them with two pieces of information:

  • your ID Number (a sequence of nine letters and numbers)
  • your Secret Number (a four-digit number).

Both of these pieces of information can be found on your Confirmation of Entry. You received this document when you registered for your exam.

A university or employer can then verify your result by logging in to:

If you have lost your Confirmation of Entry, contact  your examination centre.

How do I register for Cambridge English: Advanced?


There are four simple steps to registering for Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE):

  1. Find a centre
    Go to our online search and find an examination centre near you.
  2. Contact your local centre
    They will tell you how to register for your exam, how much it will costand about preparation courses available in your area.
  3. Choose when and how you take your exam
    Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is available as either a paper-based or computer-based exam, allowing you even more choice over how you take your test.There are up to 33 dates a year when you can take your exam:Exam timetable for 2012
    Exam timetable for 2013
  4. Register for your exam!
    Get the most out of your exam by preparing with the wide range of books, sample papers and support materials available.
How soon should I register for my exam?


We want candidates to perform well and do their best, so we always advise them to book their exam well in advance, so they have plenty of time to prepare. However, if you need to take your exam quickly, there are dates throughout the year, and you can register as little as one week before a computer-based exam.

How are Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) results presented? What is the difference between the score and grades?


If you are successful in the exam you will receive two documents: a certificateand a Statement of Results. Colleges, universities and other organisations you apply to may ask you for either of these documents as proof of your English language skills.

The certificate will show which CEFR level you have achieved.

The Statement of Results provides a score and a grade the candidate has achieved in the exam. The score is shown as a number on a scale of 0 to 100.

The grade a candidate is awarded relates to their score. A grade of A, B or C is awarded depending on what score a candidate has achieved. Candidates whose score falls between 45 and 59 receive a Level B2 certificate instead of a grade.

Grade Score CEFR level
A 80–100 Level C2
B 75–79 Level C1
C 60–74 Level C1
Level B2 45–59 Level B2

Download a document that explains more about your Statement of Results.

Who should take Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)?


Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is a high-level test of English for people who need to prove their ability to use English. This may be for studying to degree level at college or university, or as a professional in an English-speaking or international environment. To find out if you are ready to takeCambridge English: Advanced, take our free online language test now.

Can I be certain this exam is at the right level?


Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is targeted at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (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).

This makes it an ideal test of English for a wide range of business, professional, educational and academic purposes.

Cambridge ESOL’s systems and processes are certified as meeting the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2008 standard for quality management.Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is also accredited by Ofqual, the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

What support is available?


Candidates taking Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) can access a wide range of support, including a free guide to the exam and information about the exam papers on the Candidate Support site. An Online Practice Test and theTop Tips for CAE guide to preparing for the exam are available from Cambridge ESOL, and other publishers around the world have also produced support materials.

Teachers preparing candidates for Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) can access a wealth of support materials through the Teacher Support site, including a free handbook and sample papers. An Online Practice Test, aSpeaking Test Preparation Pack and Past Paper Packs (Jun 2009Dec 2009,2010) are also available to purchase from Cambridge ESOL to help teachers prepare candidates for the exam.

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How much does it cost to take Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)?


The cost of entering for the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exam depends on where you take it, in most countries the exam costs less than other international English language exams. Please contact your local exam centre for further information.

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