Cambridge English Advanced

Stand out from the crowd

Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

Prepare for success

Get the language skills essential for academic and professional success.

A globally recognised certificate

Accepted as proof of high achievement in English by over 6,000 universities, employers and governments, including institutions in the UK, Australia, Canada and beyond.

What Cambridge English: Advanced offers you:

Choice of how you take the test

Take the test on paper or on a computer.

Choice in where and when you take the test

Choose from 1,300 exam centres worldwide and 40 dates a year.

At university level it certifies you are able to:

  • follow academic courses, tutorials or seminars
  • carry out complex and challenging research

At a professional level it certifies your ability to:

  • participate with confidence in workplace meetings, discussions and presentations
  • communicate effectively

Fast results

Get your results in as little as 2 weeks for the computer-based version.

From January 2015, Cambridge English: Advanced results have been reported on the Cambridge English Scale.

Cambridge English Scale Score Grade/CEFR CEFR level
200-210 Grade A C2
193-199 Grade B C1
180-192 Grade C C1
160-179 Level B2 B2

Test format

Cambridge English: Advanced is made up of four papers: Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes), Writing (1 hour 30 minutes), Listening (40 minutes), Speaking (15 minutes). Download sample papers at

What to do next:

  1. Test your English to see if Cambridge English: Advanced is the right exam for you
  2. Check our online database to make sure that the university you are planning to apply to accepts Cambridge English: Advanced
  3. Find your nearest exam centre and register
  4. Prepare for your exam with the printed and online support material available on our website