This handbook is for anyone who is preparing candidates for the Cambridge ESOL Certiﬁcate in Advanced English examination (CAE). The introduction gives an overview of CAE and its place within Cambridge ESOL. This is followed by a focus on each paper and includes content, advice on preparation and example papers.
Introduction to Cambridge ESOL Introduction to CAE5 CAE support
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General description Structure and tasks The four parts of the Reading paper
8 Preparation 10 Sample paper 15 Answer keys and answer sheet
16 General description 16 Structure and tasks 17 The two parts of the Writing paper 18 Preparation
20 Sample paper 22 Assessment 24 Sample scripts and mark schemes
WRITING PAPER29 General description 29 Structure and tasks 30 The six parts of the English in Use paper
31 Preparation 33 Sample paper 37 Answer keys 38 Answer sheet
ENGLISH IN USE PAPER
39 General description 39 Structure and tasks 40 The four parts of the Listening paper 41 Preparation 43 Sample paper 46 Sample tapescript
50 Answer keys and answer sheet 51 Alternative Part 3 task type 52Alternative Part 3 task type tapescript and answer key 53 Alternative Part 4 task type 54 Alternative Part 4 task type tapescript and answer key
55 General description 55 Structure and tasks 56 The four parts of the Speaking test
57 Preparation 60 Sample paper 63 Assessment
SPEAKING TEST OVERVIEW OF CAE AND GLOSSARY
c a e h a n d b o o k | co nte nts
65 CAE contentand overview
66 CAE Glossary of terms and acronyms
Introduction to Cambridge ESOL
I University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) provides an extensive range of examinations, certiﬁcates and diplomas for learners and teachers of English, with a tradition of language assessment dating back to 1913. Cambridge ESOL is a part of theCambridge Assessment group, which is a department of the University of Cambridge and one of the world’s largest educational assessment agencies*. Cambridge ESOL examinations can be taken by anyone whose ﬁrst language is not English. They are suitable for learners of all nationalities, whatever their ﬁrst language and cultural background, and there are examinations suitable for learners of almostany age. The range of Cambridge ESOL examinations includes specialist examinations in Business English and English for Academic Purposes, as well as tests for young learners and a suite of certiﬁcates and diplomas for language teachers. The examinations cover all four language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking. They include a range of tasks which assess candidates’ ability to useEnglish, so that in preparing for the examinations, candidates develop the skills they need to make practical use of the language in a variety of contexts. Above all, what the Cambridge ESOL examinations assess is the ability to communicate effectively in English. Cambridge ESOL is committed to providing examinations of the highest possible quality. This commitment is underpinned by an extensiveprogramme of research and evaluation, and by continuous monitoring of the marking and grading of all Cambridge ESOL examinations. Of particular importance is the rigorous set of procedures which are used in the production and pretesting of question papers.
Cambridge ESOL examinations fulﬁl the Code of Practice established by ALTE. This Code of Practice focuses on the responsibilities of bothexamination providers and examination users and covers four main areas: • developing examinations • interpreting examination results • striving for fairness • informing examination takers. For more information on ALTE please visit www.ALTE.org
I Ofﬁcial accreditation in the UK
CAE has been accredited by the Qualiﬁcations and Curriculum Authority (QCA), the statutory regulatory authority for...