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C1 Advanced

Exam format

C1 Advanced is a thorough test of all areas of language ability.

The updated exam (for exam sessions from January 2015) is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.

The Speaking test is taken face to face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.

Paper

Content

Purpose

Reading and Use of English
(1 hour 30 minutes)
See sample paper

8 parts/ 56 questions

Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with different types of exercise that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.

Writing
(1 hour 30 minutes)
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2 parts

You create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails, proposals, reports and reviews.

Listening
(about 40 minutes)
See sample paper

4 parts/ 30 questions

Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.

Speaking
(15 minutes per
pair of candidates)
See sample paper

4 parts

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face–to–face situations. You will take the Speaking test with another candidate.

What’s in the Reading and Use of English paper?

The C1 Advanced Reading and Use of English paper is in eight parts and has a mix of text types and questions.

Summary

Time allowed:

1 hour 30 minutes

Number of parts:

8

Number of questions:

56

Lengths of texts:

3,000–3,500 words to read in total.

Texts may be from:

Newspapers and magazines, journals, books (fiction and non-fiction), promotional and informational materials.

Part 1 (Multiple-choice cloze)

What's in Part 1?

A text in which there are some numbered gaps, each of which represents a word or phrase. After the text there are four possible answers for each gap and you have to choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D).

What do I have to practise?

Vocabulary – idioms, collocations, shades of meaning, phrasal verbs, fixed phrases etc.

How many questions are there?

8

How many marks are there?

One mark for each correct answer.

Part 2 (Open cloze)

What's in Part 2?

A text in which there are some gaps, each of which represents one missing word. You have to find the correct word for each gap.

What do I have to practise?

Grammar and vocabulary.

How many questions are there?

8

How many marks are there?

One mark for each correct answer. 

Part 3 (Word formation)

What's in Part 3?

A text containing eight gaps. Each gap represents a word. At the end of the line is a ‘prompt’ word which you have to change in some way to complete the sentence correctly.

What do I have to practise?

Vocabulary.

How many questions are there?

8

How many marks are there?

One mark for each correct answer.

Part 4 (Key word transformations)

What's in Part 4?

Each question consists of a sentence followed by a ‘key’ word and a second sentence with a gap in the middle. You have to use this key word to complete the second sentence, in three to six words, so that it means the same as the first sentence.

What do I have to practise?

Grammar, vocabulary and collocation.

How many questions are there?

6

How many marks are there?

One mark for each correct answer.

Part 5 (Multiple choice)

What's in Part 5?

A text with some multiple-choice questions. For each question, there are four options and you have to choose A, B, C or D.

What do I have to practise?

Reading for detail, opinion, tone, purpose, main idea, implication, attitude.

How many questions are there?

6

How many marks are there?

2 marks for each correct answer.

Part 6 (Cross-text multiple matching)

What's in Part 6?

Four short texts with multiple-matching questions. You must read across all of the texts to match a prompt to elements in the texts.

What do I have to practise?

Understanding and comparing opinions and attitudes across texts.

How many questions are there?

4

How many marks are there?

2 marks for each correct answer.

Part 7 (Gapped text)

What's in Part 7?

A single page of text with some numbered gaps which represent missing paragraphs. After the text there are some paragraphs which are not in the right order. You have to read the text and the paragraphs and decide which paragraph best fits each gap.

What do I have to practise?

How to understand the structure and development of a text.

How many questions are there?

6

How many marks are there?

2 marks for each correct answer.

Part 8 (Multiple matching)

What's in Part 8?

A series of multiple-matching questions followed by a text or several short texts. You have to match a prompt to elements in the text.

What do I have to practise?

Reading for specific information, detail, opinion and attitude.

How many questions are there?

10

How many marks are there?

1 mark for each correct answer.