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CAE exam information

CAE is among the most popular certificates recognised by schools, universities and private and public sector employers throughout the English-speaking world. You can search the recognition database for up-to-date lists of organisations which officially accept CAE on Cambridge Esol Examinations.

The certificate has no expiration date and is valid for life.

The exam is set at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The examinations are based on realistic tasks, and indicate the ability to use the language in practical situations. Success at this level indicates the ability to use English effectively and perform confidently in social and professional situations, and in higher education.

If you are not sure which exam is right for you, you can test your English at English Academy during one of our registration periods. Our test will give you an idea of your English level and tell you which Cambridge ESOL exam might be the most appropriate for you.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR CAE

At English Academy you can easily and quickly register for CAE. Our assistants will help you fill in the documents. You do not need to be our student to register for the exam with us.

Please bring with you your ID card/passport and a proof of a bank transfer.

The fee for the test for 2021 is 407 BGN. Fees must be paid by bank transfer to British Council bank account:
CITIBANK, 2 Maria Luiza Blvd, Sofia.
IBAN Leva account: BG77 CITI 9250 1051 0015 01

When transferring payment for the exam, please include the name of the candidate, the abbreviation of the exam (CAE/IELTS/FCE) and the date of the exam session requested.

After the results are released, the candidates will receive their certificates from us.

EXAM FORMAT

The Cambridge exams cover the four language skills - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. They include a range of tasks which assess your ability to use English. The Cambridge exams assess your ability to communicate effectively and accurately in English in a wide range of situations for almost any purpose.

The CAE exam consists of four papers:

Paper

Content

Marks
(% of total)

Purpose

Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes)

8 parts/56 questions

40%

Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with different types of exercise that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.

Writing
(1 hour 30 minutes)

2 parts

20%

You create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails, proposals, reports and reviews.

Listening
(about 40 minutes)

4 parts/30 questions

20%

Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.

Speaking
(15 minutes per pair of candidates)

4 parts

20%

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.
RESULTS AND CERTIFICATES

Cambridge English: Advanced results will be reported on the new Cambridge English Scale. The results given on the Cambridge English Scale will give you a detailed understanding of your performance. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English. These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam.

Results are issued approximately two months after the date of the written exams. Certificates are sent to successful candidates approximately one month after results are issued. All candidates who register at English Аcademy will receive their certificates from us. You can access your results through the Cambridge ESOL Results Online website. Results Online access details are provided by exam centres.

Your score is based on your total score in all five papers and is shown as a percentage between 0 and 100.

Your grade depends on the score you achieve:

Grade

Score

CEFR level

A

80–100% (200-210 points)

C2*

B

75–79% (193-199 points)

C1

C

60–74% (180-192 points)

C1

CEFR Level B2

45–59% (160-179 points)

B2*

EXTENDED CERTIFICATION

The Extended Certification aims at giving many candidates additional credit for the language skills they have demonstrated in a Cambridge ESOL examination.

  • Certificate in Advanced English – Level C2 - Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond C1 level. If you achieve grade A in your exam, you will receive the Certificate in Advanced English stating that you demonstrated ability at Level C2.
  • Certificate in Advanced English– Level C1 -If you achieve grade B or C in your exam, you will be awarded the Certificate in Advanced English at Level C1.
  • Level B2 certificate - If your performance is below Level C1, but falls within Level B2, we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at B2 level.

 

For further information about Cambridge Exams visit Cambridge ESOL website.