Cambridge CAE exam course

Embassy’s Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) course will give you the English skills you need to pass your exam.

If you want to work in an English speaking country or study at an English speaking university or college, it has never been more important to prove you have the right level of English with a good exam result.

Why choose a CAE exam preparation course?

  • Improve speaking & listening, reading & writing skills for the exam
  • Become stronger in weaker areas with personal learning plans and targets
  • Be well-prepared with regular tests and mock exams
  • Become familiar with accents you’ll hear in the exam
  • Help with your exam booking
  • Improve your language skills and level

Regular start dates throughout the year; don’t miss the next.


Do I need to take an entry test before I apply?

After you send us your application we will ask you to take a short test to make sure your level is right for this course.

Course structure

20 Exam preparation lessons

20 Exam preparation lessons +
8 Elective lessons (Choose 1 or 2 electives per week, improve Grammar, Vocabulary, Pronunciation skills, Communication skills, English for University or Business English)

Intensive - Auckland only
20 General English lessons +
8 Cambridge exam preparation lessons

Intensive - Australia only
20 lessons exam preparation only

Entry level


(C1) Advanced
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Morning or afternoon classes according to the school timetable*, Monday-Friday
Standard: 16 hours 40 minutes a week
Intensive: 23 hours 20 minutes a week

*Receive your actual timetable on arrival

Lesson length

50 minutes

Course duration

10 weeks

Course dates

See below


In addition to your official exam result you will receive an Embassy Certificate, profiling your language level.

Assessment and progress

Course assessment: weekly review, practice tests, mock exam. Stay focussed with learning goals and objectives, personal learning plans, progress tutorials and reports.  Find out what it's like inside the classroom.

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Duration (weeks)
 Dates  School locations
Exam dates
 Winter 10
January 4 -
March 11

New York, San Diego, Cambridge, Oxford, Sydney, Melbourne
March 12
Spring 10
March 29 -
June 3
New York, San Diego, Cambridge, Oxford, Sydney, Melbourne
June 8 (June 4 in Sydney)
 June 13 -
August 19
 Sydney, Melbourne
 August 19
Autumn 10 September 26 - December 2
New York, San Diego, Cambridge, Oxford, Sydney, Melbourne

December 3 (30 November in San Diego)

Exam fees: Find your exam centre on the official Cambridge English Language Assessment website, then check the prices on your exam centre's website.

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Key facts

  • Course duration: 10 weeks
  • Class size: maximum 15
  • Lesson duration: 50 minutes
  • Lessons per week: 20 or 28
  • Learning materials: Included
  • Start: Regular start dates, see CAE course dates below
  • Minimum age: 16 (18 in Central London)