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Antony Chacko
01 Feb 2018 3.3K 2 mins Share

What’s CAE? Why choose CAE for your higher studies abroad?

Certificate in Advanced English is a high-level language qualification in English, alongside exams like IELTS, TOEFL and PTE. Indian students can go for it, when planning to study abroad

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What is CAE?

Certificate in Advanced English, in short 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 the 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 high English proficiency, required to get admissions at various colleges and universities. The exam is also accepted by institutions in Australia and other countries around the world – 99% of the top 100 universities in the world accept CAE certificate for higher education.

Most universities abroad who accept the CAE exam ask for a Grade B or C from their international applicants. Over 60,000 people in 60 different countries choose CAE exams. 

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 that is suitable to prepare for a 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.

Who can opt for CAE?

Anyone! There is no age limit for taking up CAE. Students appearing for 10+1 or 10+2 exams are preferable candidates for the exam, and students who have completed post-secondary education may also apply for CAE, though some universities demand a two-year old CAE score for accepting applications.

Exam format of CAE

Cambridge English: Advanced covers all four language skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. It consists of four papers. The reading section contributes 40% to the total marks, and remaining sections contribute 20% each of the total marks. There is an additional section called ‘usage of English’ that tests your grammar.


90 minutes

Read articles and newspapers


90 minutes

Create articles, essays, letters or reports.


40 minutes

Listen to radio, broadcasts, presentations and interviews.


15 minutes

Communicate with another candidate

Usage of English

60 minutes

Master your grammar and Vocabulary

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 in CAE

The exam fee for CAE varies based on test centres. Both free as well as paid online material is available for you to prepare for the exam.

Universities that accept CAE

Bond University, Victoria University Melbourne and the University of South Australia are some of the universities that accept CAE scores from international students. These universities accept other common tests like IELTS, TOEFL and PTE alongside exams like CAE and CPE.

Cambridge English exams are accepted by more than 2000 institutes and government sectors all over the globe. There are a number of such exams that students and working professionals can choose, such CPE, BEC Higher, BEC Vantage, ICFE and so on.

Benefits of CAE

CAE is known worldwide, and it has 2800 registered test centres in 130 countries. A CAE certification not only boosts your confidence levels, but also gives the much-needed attraction to your CV. In addition, the CAE exams have no expiry date. This means you can apply anytime, from the date of receiving your CAE scores. But there are a few universities that prefer to accept CAE scores, after two or three years.

Do you want to skip IELTS and take up some other exams like CAE to study abroad? Why don’t you speak to us, and we’ll tell you if you can go for it. 

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