CAE Exam - Highlights

  • Alternative to IELTS for Australian student visa (approved by DIAC, Australia)
  • Approved by UKBA (UK Border Agency) for all visa categories
  • Exam fee:

  • Bangladesh: BDT 5, 500/- [book now]
  • India:      Rs. 3,900/-  [book now]
  • Nepal:      NPR. 5,500/- [book now]

  • Break during exam, reducing strain
  • Listening

  • Recording played twice
  • 30 questions

  • Reading

  • 1 hr. 15 mins.
  • 34 questions
  • 4 parts

  • Writing

  • 1 hr. 30 mins.
  • No graph in Task 1
  • Choice of 5 questions in Task 2. Attempt any one

  • Use of English Paper (new paper)

  • Focusses on Grammar & Vocabulary
  • Helps gain more grades

  • Average scoring

  • Helps gain higher grades
  • DIAC, Australia accepts average score only

  • UCAS tariff

  • Earn 70 points by securing 'A' grade
  • Helps in UK University admissions for Degree courses

  • Equivalency to IELTS band score

Module / Paper

Duration

Content / Highlights

Advantages when compared with IELTS

Reading

1 hr. 15 mins.

  • 4 Sections
  • 34 questions

  • 15 min. extra time
  • Lesser number of questions (40 questions in IELTS)

Writing

1 hr. 30 mins.

  • 2 Tasks
  • Task 1: Compulsory – Candidates write and article, a report, a proposal, or a letter based on material upto 150 words
  • Task 2 is choice based: Candidates must complete one task from a choice of 5. Two of the 5 questions are based on set reading texts

  • 30 min. extra time
  • No graph in Task 1
  • Choice in Task 2

Use of English

1 hr.

  • 50 questions spread over 5 parts
  • Covers Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Comprises of Multiple choice, Gap-fill, Word formation, Key word transformation, Gapped sentences

  • Provides opportunity to get extra marks on the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary
  • Helps in increasing the average scores, which in turn helps achieve the required overall scores as required by DIAC, for Student Visa to Australia

Listening

40 mins.

  • 4 sections (including transfer time)
  • 30 questions
  • Recording is played twice

  • Lesser number of questions
  • Recording played twice. Helps in scoring better.

Speaking

15 mins

  • Face-to-face interview
  • Paired format. This means there are 2 candidates with 2 Examiners

  • Pairing helps in better performance
  • Use of pictures as part of the test helps candidates perform better

CAE is available both as Paper based and Computer based exam

Cambridge English: Advanced also known as Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • DIAC

    By the Australian Government's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)
  • UKBA

    Approved by UK Border Agency (UKBA) towards new tier 4 visa requirments
  • UCAS
    Earn valuable UCAS Tariff points for higher education in the UK
  • OFQUAL

    Approved by OFQUAL (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), the Government regulator,UK