C1 Advanced

More than 6,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept Advanced as proof of high-level achievement in learning English.

Preparing for Advanced helps learners develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries.

This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between First and Proficiency.

It is CEFR Level C1 (What is this?)

Exam Format

The exam is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills: Reading & Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes), Writing (1 hour 30 minutes), Listening (about 40 minutes), Speaking (15 minutes per pair of candidates).


You can find many free resources to help you prepare for the exam. Download our free sample papers to prepare the reading, the listening and the writing part. All answers will be provided.

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There are many exam dates throughout the year offering both paper-based and computer-based Advanced.


Advanced results are reported on the Cambridge English Scale.

You will receive a separate score for each skill, giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.

Sample Advanced Statement of Results

More exams centres in Switzerland

Geneva (CH005)
Geneva, Chêne Bougeries, Cologny, Gex, Petit-Lancy,Thônex,Veyrier

Jura (CH020)
Delémont, Porrentruy

Valais (CH055)
Brig, Visp, Sierre, Sion, St. Maurice, Monthey

Vaud East (CH106)
Aigle, Villars, La Tour de Peilz, Vevey

Vaud West (CH105)
Lausanne, Payerne, Pully, Morges, Nyon, Renens, Yverdon