This Cambridge Advanced (CAE) course is offered by Eurocentres.
Who should consider taking the CAE?
What are the benefits of the CAE?
A talented all-rounder: The Cambridge Advanced exam has four parts, each of which tests a different aspect of the candidate’s proficiency in the language and provides a comprehensive picture of your language skills. The test includes reading and language usage, writing, listening and free speaking. The exam takes around four hours.Reading & Use of English
The first part of the Cambridge Advanced exam focuses on reading comprehension. You’ll have to answer multiple-choice questions on various texts. The sources for these are authentic: short stories, novels, newspapers, magazines or online articles. Here, you have the chance to prove you can reliably grasp both overall themes and detailed information in the text. Next various types of fill-in-the-blank test your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar. These require wide-ranging familiarity with language use. You have 90 minutes to answer the questions in the Reading & Use of English section of the test.Writing
Next up, two writing exercises will let you demonstrate your ability to express yourself in writing. The first part of the Writing test is for you to compose a paragraph about a given text. The text might be a newspaper article, brochure or letter. Your job here is to summarise what you’ve read in your own words, then reflect on the exam text from a specific point of view (you will also receive a prompt for this).During the second half, you can choose one of three writing exercises. Usually this means writing a letter, application, report or assessment. You are given 90 minutes for both exercises. How you divide up the time you spend on the individual texts is up to you..Listening
The Cambridge Advanced Exam tests your listening comprehension in this section. As you listen to short snippets of conversations, monologues of varying length and interviews or discussions, you’ll answer questions on the general topics of the conversations, detailed information or the speakers’ opinions and attitudes. This material also comes from everyday sources. The recordings might be of presentations, speeches, interviews or radio shows, for example.What’s more, you’ll have to deal with different accents of the English language: The speakers on the recordings come from the UK, the United States and Australia – this challenges your ability to adapt to different ways of pronouncing the language. The Listening section takes around 40 minutes.Speaking
The test of free speaking attempts to approximate a normal conversation as closely as possible. Therefore the Speaking section takes place face to face (with one examiner and one other candidate). First, the examiner individually asks each candidate a few questions about themselves and their interests. Once you’ve warmed up a bit, you and your test-taking peer will each give a short monologue about a selection of images.Next, the two of you will have a discussion based on a specific task, using another selection of images. For example, this task might be deciding on a suitable recreational activity to do after the exam, or choosing the perfect location for your next holiday. You’ll then go into more depth on the topic with the examiner. This is the Cambridge Advanced method of testing both your ability to state your own opinions in English and your skill at responding to unexpected conversational input. At the same time, you’re proving that you can use grammar and vocabulary correctly, not to mention pronounce English words and place the stress on the right syllables. The Speaking test takes around 15 minutes..CAE preparation with Eurocentres
Be prepared: Cambridge Advanced sets high standards for its candidates’ knowledge of English. Beginner English-language learners should therefore start with the Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE). However, the CAE may still be a piece of cake for more experienced language students who have prepared properly. That’s why Eurocentres offers intensive preparatory courses for the exam at language schools all over the world.During these eight to twelve-week courses, you’ll become familiar with test materials such as English-language literature, newspaper articles and an array of audio recordings. We’ll also help you prepare for the testing environment and work on the right strategies using sample exams. After the course concludes, you’ll have approximately one more week of time to prepare independently before the exam date. You will then sit the exam in the familiar atmosphere of the Eurocentres language schoo - exactly as you’ve been practising over the previous few weeks.Language travel through Eurocentres as preparation for the CAE
To learn English, you need to speak the language – and not just during the lesson, but in everyday life too. That’s why language study abroad in an English-speaking country is the ideal opportunity to improve your English skills. During your language stay, you’ll frequently talk to native speakers and try out your newly acquired abilities. There’s no better way to prepare for the speaking test. What’s more, you’ll expand your vocabulary and fine-tune your use of the language.Your constant exposure to English-language media will get you ready for the reading and listening portions of the exam. In addition to the high-quality language courses at our language schools and contact with the language, language study abroad also means you’ll have lots of unique experiences.
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