Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Listening

Difficulty level: C1 / advanced

What is the CAE Listening test like?
The test has four sections and takes about 40 minutes:

  1. Part 1 - three short extracts from conversations with multiple-choice questions
  2. Part 2 - Sentence completion
  3. Part 3 - conversation with multiple-choice questions
  4. Part 4 - Multiple matching
There are 30 questions in the CAE Listening Test. It makes up 20% of the entire exam.


How to prepare for the CAE Listening test

  • Listen! The more English you listen to the better your will do. Listen to the radio, English language TV, podcasts...
  • Recordings may be: monologues: announcements, radio broadcasts, speeches, talks, lectures, anecdotes, etc.; or interacting speakers: radio broadcasts, interviews, discussions, etc.
  • You will hear the audio twice
  • Read the instructions carefully before you start
  • You have time to read the questions before you hear the audio
  • Think about the topic, the speaker(s) and the context as you read the questions.