Paper 1: Reading
- 4 parts to complete in 1 hour 15 minutes
- 34 questions in total
Part 1Multiple choice (6 questions)
Candidates read 3 short texts and answer the 2 multiple choice questions per text.
Part 2Gapped text (6 questions)
Candidates complete a text by choosing the correct paragraph from a list of 7 options.
Part 3Multiple choice (7 questions)
Candidates read a text and answer 7 multiple choice questions.
Part 4Multiple matching (15 questions)
Candidates match a prompt to the relevant section of the text or texts.
Paper 2: Writing
- 2 tasks to complete in 1 hour 30 minutes
Part 1 Question 1
Compulsory taskCandidates write a 180-220 word article, report, proposal or letter based on input material.
Part 2 Questions 2-5
Candidates write a 220-260 word text from a choice of 4. Question 5 is on the set books.
Paper 3: Use of English
- 5 parts to complete in 1 hour.50 questions in total.
Part 1 Multiple choice cloze (12 questions)
Candidates complete a gapped text by choosing the correct answer from 4 options.
Part 2 Open cloze (15 questions)
Candidates fill in missing words from a text.
Part 3 Word formation (10 questions)
Candidates form the missing words from a text by changing the stem words given.
Part 4 Gapped sentences (5 questions)
Candidates complete 3 separate sentences with one word which is appropriate for the 3 sentences.
Part 5 Key word transformations (8 questions)
Candidates complete a sentence using a key word so that it means the same as the lead-in sentence.
Paper 4: Listening
- 4 parts to complete in approximately 40 minutes.
- 30 questions in total.
Part 1 Multiple choice (6 questions)
Candidates answer 3 multiple choice questions on 3 short recordings.
Part 2 Sentence completion (8 questions)
Candidates listen to a monologue and complete 8 sentences.
Part 3 Multiple choice (6 questions)
Candidates listen to a conversation between 2 or more speakers and complete 6 multiple choice questions.
Part 4 Multiple matching (10 questions)
Candidates listen to 5 monologues on a similar theme and complete 2 tasks requiring the selection of 5 correct options out of a choice of 8.
Paper 5: Speaking
- 4 parts in 15 minutes per pair of candidates.
Part 1 Interview
Each candidate answers the interlocuter's questions about themselves and their opinions.
Part 2 Individual long turn
Candidate A talks for a minute about a set of pictures, after which Candidate B is invited to make a brief comment. Then Candidate B is given a different set of pictures and talks about them for a minute, after which, Candidate A is invited to make a brief comment.
Part 3 Collaborative task
Candidates work together to carry out a task based on some pictures. This part lasts 4 minutes.
Part 4 Discussion
The interlocuter will ask both candidates some questions which are related to the
TIPS FOR STUDY
CAE Tutor - Angus Savory: CD-ROM (Educational Software Products)
Cambridge Grammar for CAE and Proficiency - Martin Hewings: Book with answers and 2 Audio CDs (CUP)
Essentials CAE Practice Tests - Charles Osborne: Text with Answer Key + 2 Audio CDs (Heinle ELT)
Grammar and Vocabulary for CAE/CPE with key - Richard Side, Guy Wellman: Workbook with key (Pearson Longman)
Top Tips for CAE – Self-study book with key and CD_ROM (Cambridge ESOL)
Ready for CAE - Roy Norris: Coursebook, Workbook (With Key or Without Key) Teacher's Book + 3 Audio Cassettes + 3 Audio CDs + CD-ROM (Macmillan)
Complete CAE - Guy Brook-Hart and Simon Haines: Student's Book with CD-ROM / Student's Book with answers and CD-ROM ; Teacher's Book; 3 Class Audio CDs; Student's Book Pack (Student's Book with answers, CD-ROM and 3 Class Audio CDs); Workbook with Audio CD / Workbook with answers and Audio CD (CUP)