Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) Exam Preparation

CAE is an exam for people who are of an advanced level of English covering Writing, Listening and Speaking, Reading and Use of English. A CAE certificate is recognized by more than 11,000 universities and colleges, employers and government departments around the world and can be used in the UK as an alternative to IELTS as proof of your English level for university admission purposes. Achievement of CAE proves that you can communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level, participate with confidence in workplace meetings or academic tutorials and seminars and express yourself with a high level of fluency.

After achieving the CAE you can move on to prepare for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). The Cambridge ESOL website provides more detailed information about the FCE




This is a 7.5 hour per week course that focuses on developing the skills you will need for exam success. You will prepare for the four parts of the exam – Reading and Use of English; Listening; Writing and Speaking and learn techniques which will help you improve your performance in the exam. Our teachers will organize practice tests to monitor your development and advise you when you will be ready to take the exam.

This is a 7.5 hour per week course which runs Monday to Thursday. Monday and Wednesday from 1pm-2.45pm and Tuesday and Thursday 1pm-3pm. This course is offered on fixed start dates each year.

  • Course length between 1-11 weeks - £85
  • Course length 12 weeks or more - £75

The CAE preparation course runs is offered on two different start dates each year subject to demand. The dates for 2019 are as follows;

Monday 24th June*
Monday 22nd July*

*Please contact the test centre in which you intend to take the exam to confirm final prebooking dates for exam.


You can sit the CAE examination, which can either be paper-based or computer-based, all over the world. The Reading and Use of English, Writing and Listening papers are taken on the same day, however your centre will arrange the date for your Speaking test. You will do the Speaking test up to several days before or after the other papers. To take your exam, you will need to register directly with an authorised exam centre. There are over 2,800 centres in 130 countries around the world. You can search here for centres that offer Cambridge English exams. Once you have chosen the most convenient location to sit the exam your chosen centre can tell you about how to register for the exam




It’s well organised. The teachers are good. They are aware of our mistakes and help correct them. I live with a host family and I now notice when they don’t correct my mistakes so the teachers are obviously having a beneficial effect on my English!
- Matthieu Zwahlen (Switzerland)

Global School of English - Edinburgh is recognised by UKVI as a Tier 4 sponsor to bring students into the UK on Tier 4 General Student Visas under licence number 18EC8KTJ.