C1 Advanced exam preparation

Practical information

  • Teacher :           Suzana Zink
  • Level :                C1
  • Classroom :      C56
  • Address:           Av. du 1er-Mars 26
  • Time :                Tuesday 12:15pm - 1:45pm
  • Dates:                From 20 February to 28 May, 2024
  • Credits:             3 ECTS
  • Price:                 Students/doctoral students UniNE, PATB : CHF 182.-
                               Academic Staff UniNE : CHF 234.-
                               SAN member, Alumni : CHF 254.-
                               Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.) : CHF 254.-
                               Staff other institutions : CHF 306.-

This course is aimed at learners who need a C1 Cambridge Advanced qualification as proof of their proficiency level in an academic or professional context. Further information about the Cambridge ESOL exams can be found on http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/

There are no special entry requirements. The course is aimed at students whose proficiency level is around B2. If you are not sure of your level, you can check the evaluation forms on our page "enseignement".

You will be asked to come to the EMA before the beginning of the semester to take a "Placement Test".

  • familiarize themselves with the format of the C1 Advanced exam
  • master key skills assessed in the Speaking test, including: providing personal information, making comparisons, expressing and justifying opinions, speculating, negotiating and reaching a decision
  • recognize the format of the different C1 Advanced writing tasks
  • write an essay, putting forward a coherent argument on a given topic
  • use a range of advanced vocabulary and grammatical structures 

Each lesson will provide practice based on the different sections of the C1 Advanced test (Reading and Use of English, Listening, Speaking and Writing). Students will work individually, in pairs or take part in whole-class activities.


Students will be required to write one C1 Advanced-type essay of 220-260 words and take one end-of-semester test.

Please note that the recognition of these credits by the student's own Faculty falls outside the remit of the Centre de langues.

Please make sure you get a copy of the coursebook before the start of classes.
To order, please use the ISBN number below.

The course book can be purchased online from www.lelivre.ch

Titel : Gold Advanced (Coursebook with online audio)
ISBN : 978-1447907046
Author : Amanda Thomas/Sally Burgess
Publisher : Pearson, 2014

English Tutorial

English tutorials are held 4 hours/week during the semester