CAE - Certificate of
Is CAE for you?
* use English in an effective way for business or study purposes?
* use English confidently and flexibly?
* produce well-structured, clear pieces of writing on complex issues?
If this describes your skills now, or describes the level of skills you are working towards, then the Cambridge CAE is the right exam for you.
What does CAE involve?
CAE has five papers:
Reading: 1 hour 15 minutes
You will need to understand texts from publications such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines.
Writing 2 hours
You will have to show you can process information from different types of input to produce a number of different types of writing such as letters, articles, reports and reviews. The pieces of writing will be aimed at specific types of readers, each of about 250 words.
Use of English Paper 1 hour 30 minutes
Your use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.
Listening: 45 minutes
You need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of spoken material, including lectures, news programmes and public announcements.
Speaking: 15 minutes
You will take the Speaking test with another candidate or in groups of three, and you will be tested on your ability to take part in different types of interaction: with the examiner, with the other candidates and by yourself.
The examination fee for CAE in December for 2008 is £118 per candidate, entry deadline is the 27th October 2008.