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I hope that the above tips will help you to prepare for CAE on your own. If you
follow the above strategies, I am sure you will be able to pass this exam
successfully. Remember, that when preparing yourself, only you are
responsible for your success or failure! Each exam requires solid
preparation, and the more time
Having a good handbook is obviously not the only thing you can do to
increase your chances of achieving a positive result. As soon as you start
preparing, try to "immerse yourself in the language" and use all the
opportunities to be in contact with English on a daily basis. Try to combine
different forms of learning so that you don't get bored and thus do not lose
your motivation!
At least three months before the exam, start writing mock exams regularly,
preferably with the stopwatch on and in conditions similar to those of the
exams. You must be aware that writing anything under time pressure is
not easy and you must learn to manage your time before you take the
exam. Remember that for each of the written parts, apart from Listening,
there is no extra time to transfer your answers to the Answer Sheet. You can
get one of the books with ready-made exams from previous years, or use the
exams available online in our Engxam application.
5. Immerse yourself in the language
If you are planning to take CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced) in the near
future and do not have the opportunity or time to attend the appropriate
course at the language school, you can try to prepare for this exam yourself.
However, before you start, you need to realize that this is not an easy exam at
all and requires a solid preparation even from those who can already show off
their FCE. Although both exams have the same general structure, they are
separated by a gap in terms of the scope of the material and the level of tasks
we can expect. This is one of the reasons why it is worthwhile to plan well for
the exam, all the more so if we plan to prepare for it on our own, i.e. without
the help of a teacher who would additionally keep his hand on the pulse and
motivate to work. Below you will find practical tips on how to start preparing,
what to pay attention to during learning and materials you can use,
especially if you have little time left.

1. Plan your study
If you have already passed the FCE exam, it should take you about a year to

You must remember that a successful CAE exam depends not only on a good
command of the material, but also a thorough knowledge of the structure of
the individual parts. This way you will know exactly what to expect and
nothing will surprise you during the exam itself. You should know the time
limit for each part as well as the order of tasks and the number of questions.
On our Engxam platform you will not only find tips on requirements and how

to grade, but also a detailed description of examination strategies that will
help you to solve your tasks faster and more effectively.
3. Practice all parts of the exam at once
You must not ignore any part, even if you honestly hate one of them. I
recommend paying special attention to the Use of English part, which I know
from experience that it causes most problems for students, and Writing,
which is the most difficult to train on your own. The latest Macmillan release
focuses on solid preparation for both these parts. In each unit you will find a
few helpful frames on the most problematic issues and tips on how to deal
with them. In addition, at the end of the book you'll find a comprehensive
Grammar Reference, as well as templates for all the written formats you can
expect from the exam. As you prepare for Writing, write down the most
common phrases for each format and learn them by heart. This way, during
the exam itself, you will not waste time choosing the right structures and you
will maintain the right style of expression.
4. Solve the mock tests regularly and necessarily
under time pressure
prepare for CAE, but the sooner you start, the better. Study systematically
and don't take long breaks to get into the habit of looking at books from the
beginning. Set a specific (achievable!) goal for each week or month to
monitor your progress – after all, no one will do it for you! An example of such
a goal can be, for example, to make one unit out of a book a week, write one
essay in a chosen format a week, or write regular trial tests (more on this
2. Learn the structure of the exam from the inside