C1 Advanced English exam preparation at ELC Chester

The Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) Examination course at ELC Chester helps improve your overall language ability as well as developing the skills necessary to pass the Cambridge C1 Advanced exam. The course provides complete and careful preparation for all aspects of the examination.

  • Maximum students: 12
  • Minimum age: 16 (15)
  • Minimum duration: 4 weeks
  • CEFR entry level:
    1. B2
    2. C1
    3. C1+

* Minimum age: please see more information regarding levels of care and supervision for 16 and 17 year olds in international classes. We occasionally accept 15 year olds in international classes provided they are part of a group with a group leader.

The C1 Advanced Exam Preparation course includes:

  • dedicated classes preparing for Cambridge C1 (CAE) 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.

30 lessons (22.5 hours) per week

Our short 4-week full intensive courses in summer lead to exams in July and August. You study for the C1 Advanced exam all day in dedicated classes

Course dates

You may choose from:

Dates Duration Intensity Exam on
1 Jul – 26 Jul 4 weeks 30 lessons per week 26 July
29 Jul – 23 Aug 4 weeks 30 lessons per week 23 August

Long-term study

If you are planning to study for 24 weeks or more, the Cambridge Examination Courses can be taken as part of our Study Year Programme..

Course options

  • Tuition and registration: £1,735.00 for 4 weeks
    • 120 lessons over the course of 90 hours
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    • Includes £95 registration fee
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Course features

  • Before arriving, you do an online test so your class is at the right level for you.
  • We conduct regular progress checks and set homework every day.
  • You’ll be in a multi-national group for your English classes.
  • Regular individual tutorials with your teacher for private help and study advice.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • Practice interviews with experienced Cambridge examiners.
  • You’ll take mock exams under authentic exam conditions.
  • You can use the self-access study centre after lessons to practise and improve.
  • End of course certificate with hours of study and final level.

Who is the C1 Advanced English exam preparation course for?

If you need to pass this exam for work, or for entry into an English speaking school, college or university, then a preparation course specifically for the Cambridge Advanced exam is a good idea. The course will still help you enormously with your General English, and by preparing for the Advanced exam you’ll also be improving your everyday vocabulary, grammar and all the main language skills.

The Cambridge Advanced is actually a really good, well-rounded test of your English, and another good reason to prepare and pass the exam is for the external confirmation of an excellent level of English.

If you’re aged 16 years or over, and possess a CEFR level of B2 to CEFR C1+ then this might be the ideal course for you.

Find your English level

Where the exams are held

The C1 Advanced exams are held either in Manchester (1 hour from Chester) or Liverpool (45 minutes from Chester). Please contact us for further details.

Frequently asked questions

If you have different questions, please let us know!

When do the Exam Preparation courses start?

Our Exam preparation courses start on set dates for 4, 10 or 12 weeks. If you are planning to study for longer it is also possible to combine different courses General English and Exam preparation. Please ask for more details.

For the Cambridge test, when do we register? Do I have to register at the beginning or can I wait a little while to see how my progress is going?

We book the exam with the test centre in the first weeks of the Cambridge course so you will have plenty of time to see how you are getting on and what is best.

What’s the closest airport to ELC in Chester?

Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport are the closest to Chester, at 45 and 35 minutes’ drive respectively. We can organise an airport transfer for you from these airports to your accommodation in Chester. Or alternatively you can use public transport. Some students also choose to travel to Heathrow Airport in London. This is only recommended for experienced travellers as you will then have to take the Underground to central London and then a direct train to Chester (CTR).

How much is a taxi from the airport to Chester?

We can organise a taxi for you and the price is £85 each way from Manchester or Liverpool airports.

I'm from the EU. Do I need a visa to study in England?

You can stay up to 6 months and study without applying for a visa. You will need a valid passport and you can use e-gates on arrival at a UK airport. If you wish to study English with us for between 6 and 11 months, you should apply for a short-term study visa. You will also need to pay a health surcharge.

Find your English level

Our language learning levels relate closely to how the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) define them, but with a difference which we have found to help our students at Elementary level.

ELC level Equivalent CEFR levels
Upper A1 Lower A2

We offer an English level test which anyone can take. It involves 50 questions and, depending on your level, will probably take you from 10 to 20 minutes. At the end of it, we will tell you your probable level.

But when you book, we will ask you to take a more detailed and accurate test, to make sure that you start in the class which is best for you.

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Are you ready for this?

Please get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss your current level, or find out if this is the best course for you. We’ll also be able to advise you on how long you might need to study to get the grade you need. We’re here to help!

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