CAE: EXAM ESSENTIALS

Let’s have a look at the exam itself. Here are its parts:
http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/advanced/exam-format/

A very important detail is how much time you’ve actually got. Reading and Use of English takes 1 hour 30 minutes. That’s 90 minutes for reading four long, advanced texts and doing the exercises that accompany them, as well as for further four long grammar&vocab exercises. That’s why it’s essential that you know the exam format very well not to waste any of that time on reading the instructions. You need a clear strategy for each task type. The same goes for Writing – after the break you get another 1 hour 30 minutes to write (and possibly copy) two pieces of writing. here you not only need to know how to create texts quickly – you also need to be able to write quickly in pen, which is something many people are not good at these days!

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