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Certificate in Advanced English - Your ticket to study abroad

CAE Certificate in Advanced English is a high-level language qualification in English for demanding professional and academic situations conducted by Cambridge.

Antony Chacko
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According to Cambridge ESOL, if you take the CAE exam, you will gain up to 70 additional UCAS Tariff points that go into your application to UK colleges and universities.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)- your passport to a degree abroad

What is CAE?

Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as Certificate in Advanced English (CAE),is recognised by many institutions abroad as a reliable and consistent proof of your ability to use English in demanding academic settings. Many Indian students are now taking the CAE as an alternative to the IELTS for applying to universities abroad.

The exam is run by Cambridge ESOL, the department of University of Cambridge which also produces the IELTS tests. CAE is accepted by nearly all the universities and colleges in the UK as proof of the right English skills for college and university study (the UK Border Agency accepts CAE for issuing Tier 4 student visas). The exam is also accepted by institutions in Australia and other countries around the world.

Most universities abroad who accept the CAE exam ask for a Grade B or C from their international applicants.

Why take the CAE?

Cambridge English: Advanced is an in-depth examination, covering all four language skills, plus a Use of English component that tests knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

Holders of CAE will have a level of English suitable to prepare professional correspondence, contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within their own area of work and are able to read quickly enough to cope with an academic course.

Additional benefits

According to Cambridge ESOL, if you take up the CAE exam, you will gain up to 70 additional UCAS Tariff points towards your application to UK colleges and universities by UCAS.

Exam format

Cambridge English: Advanced covers all four language skills: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, plus a Use of English component which tests knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

It consists of five papers. Each contributes 20% of the total marks available.


1 hour 15 minutes


1 hour 30 minutes

Use of English

1 hour


40 minutes


15 minutes

*This paper is usually held by separate arrangement within a specified period. You need to check with your exam centre for further details.

Both paper-based and computer-based exam options are available. There are 24 centres in India which offer the CAE exam. You can register for the exam as little as a week before taking it.

Costs involved

The exam fee for CAE is Rs 3700. Both free as well as paid online material is available for you to prepare for the exam.

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