Registering for the CAE & What to Bring

Instructor: Bill Sands
The Cambridge English: Advanced exam features a short and efficient registration process that allows candidates the freedom to choose their own test date. Read on for an explanation of this process, as well as information on what to bring to the test site.

CAE Registration & Test Day

Registering for the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test is a quick and simple process that can be completed entirely online. You will not need to bring much when you arrive at the test site. The only thing you'll need for the Speaking test is a valid photo ID. If you're taking other parts of the test, you may also want to bring writing utensils and, if desired, a water bottle.

Signing up for the CAE is an easy three-step process.

#1. Choose Your Exam

The first, and perhaps most important step, is to select the test you wish to take. In addition to the CAE, Cambridge English Language Assessment also offers the Cambridge English: First (FCE) and Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) exams.

#2. Choose a Test Center

Candidates looking to sit for the CAE have plenty of options when it comes to finding a place to take the exam. The CAE is offered at more than 2,800 centers in over 130 countries. Specific information (such as dates and cost) will vary from one site to the next. Select the exam site closest to you.

#3. Choose a Date

Once you have decided on a testing center, you'll be able to book an exam. Exam dates are available throughout the year and candidates have the option to choose between paper- or computer-based testing.

As soon as you know when you want to take the test, you should complete the registration process. While the test is available on a continuous basis and there's no real danger of missing out for an extended period, spots can fill up quickly and force you to push back your testing date. This may be an issue if you're on a tight schedule, so it's best to sign up as soon as possible.

What to Bring on Test Day

The CAE is not a test that requires candidates to bring many materials.

In order to prevent fraud, candidates will be required to present a valid photo ID that confirms their identity. Candidates may also be photographed at the testing site as a further precaution against potential misconduct.

If you're taking more than the speaking test, you may want to bring extra pens, pencils, and erasers. These utensils will be provided at the testing site, but if you prefer working with your own implements you are permitted to bring your own.

More importantly, there is a long list of items that you may not bring into the testing site. This list includes phones, electronic devices, food, drink (except for water bottles), and anything else that might provide an unfair advantage. Exam centers have a secure safe room where candidates can store any personal effects.

Studying for the CAE

Now that you have a solid grasp of the registration process and test day policies, you should also get to work on preparing for the CAE.

This Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Test Prep & Study Guide offers a thorough review of each section of the test and important concepts that candidates will encounter. This Grammar Resources for ELL Students course reinforces fundamental grammatical concepts that candidates will need to understand if they are to pass the CAE. These courses feature brief and engaging videos as well as self-assessment tools.

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