The Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Examination preparation course at ELC Brighton is designed to improve your overall language ability in addition to developing the language skills necessary to pass the Cambridge CAE exam. The course provides complete and careful preparation for all aspects of the examination and includes:
- dedicated full-day classes preparing for Cambridge FCE exam
- practice interviews with experienced Cambridge examiners
- mock examinations under authentic exam conditions
- regular tutorials with your teacher to give individual help and study advice
- long 10-12 week intensive courses leading to the exams in March, June and December - 25 or 30 lessons (18.75 or 22.5 hours) per week
- short 4-week more intensive courses in summer leading to the exams in July and August - 30 lessons (22.5 hours) per week
For the long courses, there is a core of 25 lessons/week in a dedicated class focussing on preparing for the Cambridge CAE exam. If you choose the 30 lessons/week course, for the extra 5 lessons per week you can choose an elective. This may be to focus on a particular area that you need extra help with for the exam such as 'speaking, pronunciation, listening' or 'reading, writing and vocabulary'. Alternatively, you may wish to focus on a new skill like 'English for Work'. For the the summer 4-week courses, all 30 lessons/week focus on CAE preparation.
- full-time exam courses, Monday to Friday with the exam at the end of the course
- all course books/materials and e-learning included (exam fees not included)
- minimum age 16
If you are planning to study for 24 weeks or more, the Cambridge Examination Course can be taken as part of our Study Year Programme.
The exams are held in Brighton and run by Sussex Open Centre for Examinations (SOCE). NB in some cases the written exam is on the Saturday immediately after the course. The oral exam is usually on a Saturday or Sunday during the course. Please contact us for details.
N.B. exam fees are not included in course fees. Cost in 2017: CAE = £149; price includes postage of certificate.
Here is an approximate guide of exams at each level.
ELC Level Cambridge IELTS TOEIC GESE Cambridge BULATS C2 Upper advanced CPE 8 - 9 12 90 - 100 C1 Advanced CAE 7 - 8 945 10 - 11 BEC Higher 75 - 89 B2 Upper-intermediate FCE 5 - 6.5 785 7 - 9 BEC Vantage 60 - 74 B1 Intermediate PET 4 - 5 550 5 - 6 BEC Preliminary 40 - 59 A2 Pre-intermediate KET 3225 3 - 4 20 - 39 A1/A2 Elementary 120 1 - 2 0 - 19 A1 Beginner
The following table shows the levels we use at ELC.
ELC Level Level Aims C2 Upper-advanced - use English very well in demanding situations
- performance level may be above average native speaker
C1 Advanced - use English well in all but the most demanding situations
- use and understand complex language
B2 Upper-intermediate - use English effectively in all familiar situations
- use more complex English and cope with more demanding situations
B1 Intermediate - use English to express simple ideas and achieve results
- use range of basic language well in most situations
A2 Pre-intermediate - use English in most familiar situations
- use English in a limited way in more difficult situations
A1/A2 Elementary - develop English skills to 'survival' level
- use English only in very familiar situations
A1 Beginner - learn basic vocabulary and structures for simple communication