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Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) is part of the Cambridge exams that follows the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), where grades are given from A1 to C2 depending on the level of English language proficiency. When applying to the graduate programs in the US, a minimum of C1 level is required.

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Typical time required: 2-8 weeks

Test Fee: Around €150 as of February 2020

Before You Start

  • Not all universities in the US accept Cambridge Advanced English exam scores.
  • Universities that accept the CAE scores require a minimum of C1 advanced level
  • The CAE exam can be taken on either Paper-based or Computer-based format.

Required Documents

  • Your Passport
  • Credit/Debit card

Step by step guide

  • Visit the official Link for CAE Test Registration.
  • Choose your country
  • Choose Cambridge English: Advanced paper or computer-based
  • Select your State
  • Choose an exam centre nearest to you.
  • Give a call to the given contact number and enquire about the next available exam dates.
  • Once the exam dates are confirmed, they will ask you to send a mail stating your willingness to take the exam on a particular date and time.
  • You’ll receive a reply email which contains a payment link.
  • Once paid, you will receive the confirmation with the details of the place and time of your exam.
  • Note: Your exam might take place in a venue different from the address mentioned in the website.

After You Register

  • Be sure to check-out the sample papers and audio-scripts and get yourself familiarized with the test pattern.
  • Take at least one mock test in a timed-setting.
Reading & Use of English56 questions under 8 parts1 hour 30 minutes
Writing2 parts1 hour 30 minutes
Listening30 questions under 4 parts40 minutes
Speaking4 parts15 minutes

On the Test Day

  • Be at the test centre atleast 15-20 minutes before the stipulated time.
  • Don't forget to carry your proof of identity. Preferably Passport. Make sure you use the name in specified on your passport throughout the test.
  • Ask the test centre if they offer locker facility beforehand and use it to keep your electronic equipment.

Test Results

  • 4-6 weeks for Paper-based exam
  • 2-3 weeks for Computer-based exam


  • Students applying to Master’s courses in the US usually prefer TOEFL and IELTS over CAE.
  • Doublecheck your course website if your department/University accepts CAE test scores.


Although not many online resources are available for CAE self study compared to IELTS and TOEFL, there are few useful ones that you might refer to.

Note: Watch out for outdated content and tutorials online, as the format test is constantly  updated.

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