CAE (Certificate in Advanced English


CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) – Certificate of a high level of English for candidates who wish to apply their knowledge in professional or educational purposes. The certificate is recognized by most British universities and other higher education institutions and confirms the need for entry level of English proficiency.


To pass the CAE, you can see the schedule and register on the relevant date.


SAE 2015


In 2015. Exam format has modified. Exam duration decrease, due to join the two parts of the exam: reading + Practical English.


The content of the exam


Reading and practical English (1 hour 30 minutes)


During this stage of the exam the student must be able to read, understand how the basic meaning and the details and structure of the text, to be able to find the necessary information to determine the meaning of words in context in the text. Also in this step it tests the understanding of the language system by performing various lexical, syntactic and textual tasks.


The first part consists of 8 parts, and includes 56 questions.

– texts with gaps and answer options to fill them, 8 questions
– texts with gaps without response options, questions
– word formation, 8 questions
– key words transformation, 6 questions
– task to understand the content of text, multiple choice answers, 6 questions
– task on the understanding of the author’s perspective, the correlation with the options, 4 questions
– task to understand the structure of text, filling in gaps in the text, 6 questions
– reference to the perception of certain information from the text, the correlation with the options, 10 questions


The 1, 2, 3 and 8 parts for each correct answer gives one point. The 4, 5, 6, and 7 parts for each correct answer given by two points. The rating for this task is 40% of the total marks for the exam.


Writing (1 hour 30 minutes)


The second part includes 2 written assignments 220-260 words each:

– obligatory essay writing
– to choose one task in three (types of written works: a letter or an email, report, review or suggestion)
– task, based on the pre-read the text, was abolished in 2015
– the rating for this task is 20% of the total marks for the exam


This stage of the exam aims to test performance of different types of written work skills. Task is estimated depending on the quality of the task, the perception of the text, the manner of exposition, the organization of the material and coherence of the text, grammatical correctness and content of the text.


Listening (approximately 40 minutes)


The fourth part consists of 30 questions and consists of 4 parts:

– a few short conversations, a choice of two possible answers, 6 questions
– monologue (about 3 minutes), to finish the sentence, 8 questions
– speaking several participants (about 4 minutes), the correlation with the options, 6 questions
– 5 short monologues (approximately 30 seconds each), a choice of eight possible answers, 10 questions
– the rating for this task is 20% of the total marks for the exam


This step checks the proficiency exam: understanding of certain information, the basic meaning of the text, opinions, details.


Speaking (15 minutes)


This stage is divided into four parts:

– interview (2 minutes)
– card with an individual assignment (4 minutes)
– joint task (4 minutes)
– discussion (5 minutes)


The rating for this task is 20% of the total marks for the exam.
Testing “Speaking” to evaluate the use of spoken English by candidate. The score depends on the following criteria: literacy, vocabulary, correct pronunciation, and presentation of ideas, interactive communication.


The test takes place in the form of a conversation between the two examiners and two candidates. If an odd number of candidates, the last candidate is attached to the last pair.




the presence of a passing score is not provided for each part of the exam, and the final result of the examination is the sum of the estimates of all parts of the exam.


To pass the exam the candidate must be able to:

– understand long and linguistically complex texts, including to understand their hidden meaning
– expressed easily and spontaneously, without difficulty
– flexible and efficient use of language resources in the social, business, academic, or academic contexts
– be able to present complex subjects clearly structured and detailed way, to link stories together using a diverse range of linguistic resources.