Cambridge Advanced Exam

All you need to know

Cambridge Advanced Exam

All you need to know

What is the Cambridge Advanced Exam?

The Cambridge Advanced exam is an internationally recognised exam which tests the skills of candidates at a level of C1 of the CEFR. Apart from its recognition in education it is also widely recognised as a measure of very good English skills for the workplace.   

You can take the Cambridge Advanced exam in a traditional way as a paper exam or alternatively as a computer exam. All the written parts take place the same day.

There are five parts to the exam with the Reading and Use of English combined as one single exam. Each component is marked separately. 

This exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes and combines Reading and Use of English and there are 8 tasks. There are four Use of English exercises and Parts 5-8 are the reading tasks.

Learn more about the Advanced Reading & Use of English exam 

The Cambridge Advanced exam in writing is 1 hour and 30 minutes and consists of two parts. Part 1 is the mandatory essay question. Part 2 has three writing exercises from which candidates choose one. Each exercise has a word limit of 220-260 words.     

Learn more about the Advanced Writing exam

The listening test is about 45 minutes. It consists of 4 parts which candidates will hear twice. There is some extra time at the end of the exam to copy your answers to the answer sheet in the paper exam. You have extra time to review your answers in the computer-based exam. There are 30 questions in this exam.  

Learn more about the Advanced Listening exam

The speaking exam is 15 minutes and generally done in pairs with a partner. It can take place the same day as the rest of the exams or some time before or after that, depending on the centre you choose. This advanced exam consists of fours parts and includes some tasks where you speak on your own and some tasks are in discussion with a partner.

Learn more about the Advanced Speaking exam

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First Exam


Learn all about the Cambridge First exam, how it is organised and what each of the different parts is about. 

–  Explore each part of each exam.

–  Learn key strategies. 

–  6 hours of extra practice exercises to improve reading, Use of English and Writing performance.