CAE exam dates

At English Academy Varna you can prepare for the following exam sessions:

Dates for Writing, Listening, Reading and Use of English

Dates for Speaking within the period:

Deadline for regisration:

1 April 2017 (Sofia)

24 March - 2 April 2017

21 February 2017

13 May 2017 (Varna)

5 - 14 May 2017

3 April 2017

8 July 2017 (Varna)

30 June - 9 July 2017

26 May 2017

9 September 2017 (Varna)

1 - 10 September 2017

31 July 2017

9 December 2017 (Varna)

24 November - 10 December 2017

24 October 2017

For alternative dates please check the British Council website

All CAE candidates registered at English Academy receive free access to the British Council online exam preparation plattform "Road to Success".

Exam preparation:

English Academy provides CAE preparation courses. Please check CAE preparation course for more information.

How to register for CAE:

You can register for the CAE exam at English Academy. Please bring with you your ID card/passport and a proof of a bank transfer. If you are unable to come you can send a person with your notarised written agreement and with a copy of your ID card/passport to register you.

The fee for the test for 2017 is 375 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

Why take CAE?

CAE is taken by more than 60,000 people each year in more than 60 countries. 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.

It is a valuable qualification for anyone who wants to work or study abroad or to develop a career which requires language skills, including business, medicine, engineering and many other professions. It is also useful preparation for anyone who is working towards the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Successful candidates are able to participate in meetings and discussions, expressing opinions clearly and are able to understand and produce texts of various types, including business letters and reports.They will also be aware of the different styles of English appropriate to different situations.

Exam recognition

Almost all universities in the United Kingdom and a growing number in the USA recognise CAE, as do many employers throughout the world. You can search the recognition database for up-to-date lists of organisations which officially accept Cambridge English exams here.

Exam information: 

The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) is an advanced exam, set at Level C1 of the Common European Framework. CAE recognises the ability to communicate with confidence in English.

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.

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:

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
From March 2011 Cambridge ESOL has introduced Extended Certification aimed 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.