Cambridge CAE Test

Cambridge CAE Test

The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) students receive a certificate awarded by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, which is recognized by universities and employers throughout the world

Length

Students wishing to take CAE may join on the start dates listed above, students study general English in the morning with a specialized exam elective in the afternoon.

Course Content

Daily Classes are aimed at systemically improving the students' knowledge of English, and enhancing their examination techniques. The goal of the Canadian College is not only to improve quantitative, but also qualitative results. Successful students receive a certificate awarded by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and recognized by universities and employers in many countries. All students receive a statement of results, showing how they performed in each of the five papers.

Class Times

Students wishing to prepare for the CAE Exam study general English in the morning with a specialized exam elective in the afternoon.

Full Time: 24 hours per week (Mon-Thur) (Friday 8:30 - 12:05pm)

Who should take the CAE Exam

CAE is for learners who are reaching a standard of English that is adequate for most purposes, including business and study. Success at this level indicates the ability to use English effectively and perform confidently in social and professional situations, and in higher education. CAE is a valuable qualification for anyone who wants to work or study abroad or to develop a career which requires language skills, including business, medicine, engineering and many other professions. CAE is also useful preparation for anyone who is working towards the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Why sit the CAE Exam

CAE is seen by institutions of higher education in many countries as proof of adequate language skills for courses taught and assessed in English. Almost all universities in the United Kingdom and a growing number in the USA recognize CAE, as do many employers throughout the world. The CAE examinations are based on realistic tasks, and indicate the ability to use the language in practical situations. Successful students are able to participate in meetings and discussions, expressing opinions clearly and are able to understand and produce texts of various types, including business letters and reports. They will also be aware of the different styles of English appropriate to different situations.

Breakdown of CAE Exam

Each of the CAE written papers is returned to Cambridge for marking and assessment. The Speaking Test is conducted by two locally based examiners who examine students face to face. All examiners are accredited by Cambridge ESOL. Reading (Paper 1) 1 hour 15 minutes The Reading paper assesses students’ ability to read and understand a number of texts taken from books, newspapers and magazines. Students are expected to be able to show understanding of gist, main points, detail, text structure or specific information, deduce meaning or recognize opinion and attitude. Writing (Paper 2) 2 hours The Writing paper assesses students’ ability to write non-specialised text types such as letters, articles, reports and reviews for a given purpose and target reader, covering a range of topics. Responses are of about 250 words in length. English in Use (Paper 3) 1 hour 30 minutes In the English in Use paper, students are expected to demonstrate knowledge and control of the language system by completing various tasks at text and sentence level, based on authentic texts. This will include gap-filling, error correction, word formation, register transfer and text completion exercises. Listening (Paper 4) 45 minutes (approx.) The Listening paper assesses students’ ability to understand the meaning of spoken English and to extract detailed and specific information from the spoken text and to understand speakers’ attitudes and opinions. The texts are taken from a variety of text types including interviews, discussions, lectures and conversations. Speaking (Paper 5) 15 minutes (approx.) The Speaking Test assesses students’ ability to interact in conversational English in a range of contexts. It contains four parts, including an interview section, individual long turns, a collaborative task and a discussion. Students are provided with stimulus materials such as photographs and drawings.
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