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C1 Advanced is a thorough test of all areas of language ability.
The exam is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.
The formats below are the same for both the paper-based and computer-based exams. Please note that computer-based (CB) exams are being replaced by Cambridge English Qualifications Digital in February 2024. Visit our Cambridge English Qualifications Digital webpage to find out more.
The C1 Advanced Reading and Use of English paper is in eight parts and has a mix of text types and questions.
Part 1 (Multiple-choice cloze)
Part 2 (Open cloze)
Part 3 (Word formation)
Part 4 (Key word transformations)
Part 5 (Multiple choice)
Part 6 (Cross-text multiple matching)
Part 7 (Gapped text)
Part 8 (Multiple matching)
In the two parts of the C1 Advanced Writing paper, you have to show that you can write different types of text in English.
1 hour 30 minutes
Part 1 (Compulsory question)
Part 2 (Situationally based writing task)
The C1 Advanced Listening paper has four parts. For each part you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice.
About 40 minutes
Part 1 (Multiple choice)
Part 2 (Sentence completion)
Part 3 (Multiple choice)
Part 4 (Multiple matching)
The C1 Advanced Speaking test has four parts and you take it together with another candidate.
There are two examiners. One of the examiners conducts the test (asks you questions, gives you the paper with things to talk about, and so on). The other examiner listens to what you say and takes notes.
Part 1 (Interview)
Part 2 (Long turn)
Part 3 (Collaborative task)
Part 4 (Discussion)