Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) exam preparation

Practical information

  • Teacher :           Suzana Zink
  • Level :                C1
  • Classroom :      TBA
  • Address:           Av. du 1er-Mars 26
  • Time :                Thursday 12:15pm - 1:45pm
  • Dates:                From 25 February to 3 June, 2021
  • 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 CAE 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 

The course will allow students to:

  • familiarize themselves with the format of the CAE exam
  • master key skills assessed in the Speaking test, including talking about past, present and future, making comparisons, expressing and justifying opinions, speculating, negotiating and reaching a decision
  • recognize the format of the different CAE writing tasks
  • write an essay, putting forward a coherent argument on a given topic
  • use a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures tested at advanced level

Each lesson will provide practice based on the different sections of the CAE 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 CAE-type essay of 220-260 words and take one end-of-semester test.

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



Enrolment is open until 24 September 2021

Tutorial Autumn semester

English tutorials are held 7 hours/week:

Monday: 12-2pm online
Tuesday: 12-2pm
Wednesday: 5-7pm
Friday: 12-1pm