CAE / C1 Advanced

Obtaining C1 Advanced marks a big step forward on the path to English proficiency. When you pass the exam, it means you


  • can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning

  • can interact with native speakers with a high degree of fluency and spontaneity without an obvious search for expressions

  • can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes

  • can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, using advanced vocabulary and sentence structures


CEFR level: C1

Scale score: 180 - 210

Format: computer or paper-based

Cost: varies depending on the country and the examination center


Number of parts: 4

Reading and Use of English (1hour 30 minutes)

8 parts/56 questions

Writing (1hour 30 minutes)

2 parts

Listening (about 40 minutes)

4 parts/30 questions

Speaking (15 minutes per pair of candidates)

4 parts


Who is it for?

This exam is for people who need proof they have the language skills to be able to live and work in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English.



It is valid for life.

In some countries, C1 Advanced could exempt students from taking official exams, such as the official English exams taken in the final year of secondary school, or university.

It is accepted by many companies around the world as well as public institutions as proof of language proficiency


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