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Free: Paper-based sample test

Download sample paper 1 for C1 Advanced

Download sample paper 2 for C1 Advanced

Free: Computer-based sample tests

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Reading and Use of English sample test

Listening sample test

Writing sample test

Answer keys:

Reading and Use of English 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.

Free: English practice

Free online activities for reading, writing, listening, grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. 

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Free: Self-study activities

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.

Covid-19 lesson plan

Reading part 5 (Multiple choice)

Reading part 6 (Cross text multiple-matching)

Writing part 1 (The discursive essay)

Speaking part 2 (Long turn)

Writing checklist - Level C1

Use this checklist to improve your written English and practise for your exam. 

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Information for candidates

A guide to the exam, with advice on preparing for the exam, tips for exam day and useful links.

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Summary regulations for candidates

All the important information you need to know when taking the exam.

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Frequently asked questions and exam day tips

C1 Advanced FAQs

Exam day tips - paper-based exams

Exam day tips - computer-based exams