More than 9,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept C1 Advanced
as proof of high-level achievement in learning English.
Cambridge C1 Advanced
Reasons to choose C1 Advanced:- monthly test dates available at 2,800 exam centres
around the world.
- opens doors to international travel, work and study.- accepted by over 9,000 educational institutions,
businesses and government departments.
A C1 Advanced qualification shows that a
student can:
- communicate effectively at a managerial and
professional level
- follow an academic course at university level- participate with confidence in workplace meetings or
academic tutorials and seminars
- express yourself with a high level of fluency.

C1 Advanced

The Cambridge English Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), commonly known as C1 Advanced, is an advanced-level qualification offered by Cambridge Assessment English. C1 Advanced is designed for learners who have achieved a high level of English proficiency and can use English effectively in professional and academic contexts.

The exam assesses advanced-level language skills, including a wide range of vocabulary, complex sentence structures, and nuanced use of English. The tasks and topics in the exam reflect real-life situations, both in professional and academic settings. Candidates are expected to demonstrate critical thinking skills, analyse information, and express well-reasoned opinions. C1 Advanced is widely recognized by universities, employers, and government bodies as evidence of high-level English proficiency. It is accepted by many universities as proof of language proficiency for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Preparation for C1 Advanced typically involves advanced-level language practice, exposure to authentic materials, and familiarity with the exam format. Candidates often engage in comprehensive reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities.

Successfully passing the C1 Advanced exam indicates a high level of competence in English, enabling individuals to pursue academic and professional opportunities in English-speaking environments.

What coursebooks are used for the C1 CAE Exam course?

OWL uses Complete Advanced...
... and the Open World series.

One World Learning follow two main coursebooks which are supplemented as required with pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary Booster classes.

Cambridge Complete: Complete series maximizes students’ performance with the Complete approach to language development and exam training. Cambridge Complete creates a stimulating learning environment with eye-catching images, easy-to-navigate units, and fun topics.

Complete is trusted by millions of candidates worldwide. This course allows you to maximise performance with the Complete approach to language development and exam training. Build confidence through our unique understanding of the exam and insights from previous candidate performance, and the Complete exam journey for successful and stress-free outcomes. Online Practice offers additional practice in grammar and vocabulary. Downloadable Class Audio containing the necessary listening material is provided.

Open World: Embark on a journey beyond the traditional boundaries between exam preparation and real-world language with Open World Series. A unique exam journey in the Student’s Book maximises students’ performance. Exam Training tasks build confidence allowing them to progress to full task practice in the Exam focus. Real World sections open up language knowledge with listening tasks, videos and texts introducing common yet surprising expression, while mobile animations spark learning before or after class with Grammar on the move. Optional Push yourself sections throughout the book extend students’ capability and confidence to the next level. Online Practice offers additional practice in grammar and vocabulary.

What’s included in a C1 CAE Exam course?

A C1 Advanced (CAE) Exam course is designed to prepare students for the Cambridge English C1 Advanced exam, which is an advanced-level qualification offered by Cambridge Assessment English. These courses cover a range of language skills and include activities that help students become familiar with the format of the C1 Advanced exam.

  • Practice in understanding spoken English in various contexts, including conversations, interviews, and radio broadcasts. Emphasis on note-taking and understanding main ideas.

  • Activities to improve reading comprehension, including understanding main ideas, details, and inference. Practice with different types of texts such as articles, essays, and reports.

  • Guidance on how to write different types of texts, such as essays, reports, and articles. Emphasis on organization, coherence, and the use of complex language structures.

  • Oral communication practice, including participating in discussions, expressing opinions, and responding to questions. Specific preparation for the speaking part of the B2 First exam, which includes discussion, collaboration, and individual tasks.

  • Review and reinforcement of grammar rules and vocabulary relevant to the B2 level. Activities to expand vocabulary and use language accurately in more complex contexts.

  • Regular practice with mock exams and practice tests to familiarize students with the exam format, time constraints, and types of questions they will encounter.

  • Guidance on effective exam strategies, time management, and tips for approaching different sections of the B2 First exam. This may include strategies for multiple-choice questions, open-ended responses, and speaking tasks.

  • Regular feedback on students’ performance, including correction of errors and suggestions for improvement. This may include feedback on written assignments and oral presentations.

  • Provision of course materials, textbooks, and supplementary resources that cover the specific content and skills assessed in the B2 First exam.

  • Encouragement and guidance for independent study, allowing students to reinforce what they’ve learned in class and further develop their language skills.

Some frequently asked questions in the exam?

What’s in the exam?

The test has four sections and lasts about 4 hoursCEFR Scale Score: 180-199 (CEFR is the Common European Framework Reference). Find out more about the CEFR here.

Brief content of the C1 CAE exam
C1 CAE PaperContentMarks (% of total)
Reading and Use of English (about 1 hour 30 minutes)8 parts/ 56 questions25%
Writing (1 hour 30 minutes)2 parts You create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails, proposals, reports and reviews.25%
Listening (about 40 minutes)4 parts/30 questions25%
Speaking (15 minutes)4 parts25%
Details showing the format, content and timings for each section of the Cambridge exams.

Where can I take the test?

There are over 2,800 centres in 130 countries around the world. All of them are inspected by Cambridge English and meet our high standards. Contact One World Learning to arrange a test date and to check prices and booking fees.

When can I take the test?

One World Learning can arrange with your nearest test centre. There are frequent dates with over 20 tests a year. Contact One World Learning for this year’s dates.

Is the exam paper or computer based?

The availability of computer-based exams may vary depending on the specific exam and the location where it is being administered. Most Cambridge English exams have transitioned to computer-based formats, allowing candidates to take the test on a computer. Candidates are, of course, still able to take the traditional paper based version of the exam.

What is the CEFR?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. This makes it easy for anyone involved in language teaching and testing, such as teachers or learners, to see the level of different qualifications. It also means that employers and educational institutions can easily compare our qualifications to other exams in their country.

What materials do I need?

One World Learning provide you with an online folder with your course material available for download. However, there are several essential requirements to ensure a smooth and effective learning experience.

  • A personal computer or laptop with up-to-date hardware and software is necessary.

  • Classes contain video and audio playback so a stable and high-speed internet connection is recommended for attending online classes.

  • A webcam and microphone are essential for participating in virtual classes and discussions. Most computers come equipped with built in webcams and mics.

  • Headphones or earphones can help reduce background noise and provide a better audio experience during online classes.

  • Set up a dedicated and quiet study space where you can focus on your online classes without distractions.

  • Have digital or physical note-taking tools ready. This could be a notebook, digital note-taking app, or any other method you find effective.

By ensuring that you have these essentials, you’ll be well-prepared for a positive and productive online learning experience.