Master List of CAE Exam Prep Resources

Master List of CAE Exam Prep Resources

Published: Jun 16, 2017 | By: Lucas Weaver

If your Cambridge CAE exam is coming up soon, take advantage of these resources to prepare and be as confident as possible on your test day. 

CAE Practice Exams

These exams will help you get familiar with the format of the exam so you can better know what to expect.

Reading & Use of English Exercises

Both of the sources below are good if you want to do a quick CAE reading exercise instead of a full practice test. Ideally you want to be able to do an individual exercise from either of these sources from around 7-10 minutes.

CAE Writing Help and Techniques

The Purdue Writing Owl is one of the best resources for academic writers known to man. I used it many times in high school and college, and so did most of my classmates. Anytime you want to improve your writing, this is the best place to start.

Writing an Effective Thesis Statement

The cornerstone of any great essay is its thesis statement. If you want to make the highest possible marks on your essay you’re going to need to craft a killer thesis statement, and this website will help you do it.

CAE Speaking Tips & Topics

This website gives you tips on what to say and how long to speak during your turns in the CAE speaking section. It also gives speaking topics that you can use to practice speaking at the C1 level before you actually have your exam.

(Near) Master List of Word Formation Options

Check out the website below to see the many options and alternatives for adding prefixes and suffixes to words to change them into one of their many other forms. When it comes to the Word Formation section of the Reading & Use of English section of the CAE exam, this is one of the most helpful websites you can check out.

Whether you’re taking your CAE exam in Amsterdam or Rotterdam, hopefully this list of resources will help you study and prepare to make the score you need!

If you have any other resources you use or tips for other students, make sure to write it in the comments.

What’s the best textbook to prepare for the CAE exam?

The most comprehensive textbook to use to prepare for the Cambridge Advanced English exam is Ready for Advanced by Roy Norris and Amanda French. I use it in all my courses with students preparing for the CAE exam, and I wouldn’t consider using a different book.

Another invaluable resource when you’re preparing for the CAE exam is the book by Cambridge that contains multiple tests from previous exams. It’s called Cambridge English Certificate in Advanced English. There are two versions of the book available, one with audio CDs and one without. It’s a great way to prepare for the exam and get comfortable with the exact type of questions you’ll see on the exam.

For my master list of IELTS Exam prep resources check here.

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Lucas Weaver from the Weaver School

Lucas Weaver founded The Weaver School in 2016. He's passionate about using the latest learnings in neuroscience and education to create the best language learning experience possible for our students, so they can quickly build effective language learning habits that will last for years. Lucas is a graduate of Texas A&M University and after 7 years of living in the Netherlands, he is currently traveling through Southeast Asia while learning their languages along the way.

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