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Here you can find links to all of our free resources to help prepare for C1 Advanced exams, whether you are a teacher or a learner.
On this page:
Essential reading for teachers and learners wanting to find out about the exam.
Resources to help you prepare learners for C1 Advanced.
Information for candidates and resources that can be used at home or in the classroom for self-study.
You can find a wide range of materials in both print and digital formats.
Sample paper 1 for C1 Advanced
Sample paper 2 for C1 Advanced
Watch this video tutorial for help on how to complete a C1 Advanced computer-based exam.
The computer-based sample test does not mark your exam, so check your answers as you do the test using the answer keys below. Once the test has finished you will not be able to check them.
Computer-based Reading and Use of English sample test
Computer-based Writing sample test
Computer-based Listening sample test
Use the answer keys below:
Reading and Writing answer key
Listening answer key
There is no answer key for the Writing paper, but there are sample answers and examiner comments on the relevant pages of the C1 Advanced handbook.
The Cambridge English Scale is used to report results for our qualifications and tests. The scores provide a detailed understanding of the candidate’s level. They are also consistent across the different exams, making it easy to compare results and understand progress from one level to the next.
For guidance on converting practice test scores to Cambridge English Scale scores, download our guide for teachers.
Converting practice test scores to Cambridge English Scale scores
Have you thought about taking computer-based exams? Find out more about the benefits of computer-based exams.
Watch this short video to see what it’s like to take a computer-based exam.
Watch the video tutorial below for help on how to complete a C1 Advanced computer-based exam.
Help your students prepare for computer-based exams with our Teaching tips for computer-based Cambridge English qualifications.
Read our FAQs if you have any more questions about taking computer-based exams.
Watch Sofia on the day of her exam, and learn what it’s like to take a Cambridge English Qualification, from B1 Preliminary for Schools to C2 Proficiency.
Explore useful information about the exam day, including exam day tips and FAQs to help you prepare.
This video will help your students understand what happens during a C1 Advanced speaking test. You can also download examiner comments.
Read the examiner comments for Raphael and Maude’s speaking test
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The C1 Advanced handbook gives an overview of the exam and its place within Cambridge English examinations. This is followed by a focus on each paper and includes content, advice on preparation, and example papers.
C1 Advanced Handbook for teachers
C1 Advanced: Handbook for Teachers Listening Audio Files (ZIP, 58MB)
These are the listening files related to the Sample Paper from the Teacher's Handbook.
Our lesson plans include everything you need to deliver a 45-minute lesson in the classroom or online, including activity sheets, homework, and more.
C1 Advanced lesson plans
Developing listening skills for C1 Advanced: A guide for teachers
Developing reading skills for C1 Advanced: A guide for teachers
Assessing writing for C1 Advanced: A guide for teachers
C1 Advanced Teaching Tips from Cambridge English examiners.
Running a mock test gives your learners a true exam day experience, helps you understand their progress and decide if they are ready for their exam. Our interactive mock test toolkits are full of tips, strategies and materials to help you ensure your students are confident and fully prepared for their exam.
Mock test toolkit for older learners
Classroom warmers activity booklet
This booklet includes seven exercises each for primary, lower secondary, and upper secondary students.
Cambridge English webinars and Facebook Live sessions are a great way for teachers to stay up to date with the latest developments and to interact with our experts.
Our webinars provide you with invaluable information about our exams, and cover a wide spectrum of subjects, including effective teaching methods, tips to improve student engagement and online professional development to help you develop your career.
Webinars for teachers
You can connect with a lively community of teachers on our Teaching English with Cambridge Facebook page. We regularly post teaching tips, answer your questions, and host regular Live events to give you a chance to engage with the community.
We have hundreds of free English learning activities to help you prepare for your C1 Advanced exam.
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Download our guide to the C1 Advanced exam, with advice on preparing for the exam, tips for exam day, and useful links.
C1 Advanced: Information for candidates
Practice your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills using these free online resources. These materials are designed to help you to develop reading for gist and detail, managing unfamiliar vocabulary, as well as planning, drafting, editing, and writing for the exam.
Reading and Use of English Part 5
Reading and Use of English Part 6
Writing Part 1
Speaking Part 2
Listening Part 1
C1 Advanced Writing checklist
This checklist is designed to help you assess your writing. It includes a summary of the assessment criteria, and useful questions about each writing type in the C1 Advanced Writing paper.
Join our lively Facebook community and take part in quizzes, talk to other English language learners and learn on-the-go.
Subscribe to our Learn English with Cambridge YouTube channel to get helpful tips for exam preparation, and lots of English language advice.
Test & Train is an easy-to-use practice tool to help you get ready for your C1 Advanced exam through short, sharp workouts. With over 500 practice questions, you can use it anytime, anywhere and as many times as your like!
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Write & Improve is a free online tool to help you practise and improve your writing. Just choose a task, write or upload your answer and use the feedback to quickly improve.