What is the Cambridge Exam Preparation CAE?

Certificate in Advanced English CAE, CRICOS course code: 070829G

Cambridge ESOL exams are the world’s leading range of certificates for learners of English. Each year they are taken by over 1.75 million people, in 135 countries and are recognised by over 15,000 universities, employers and governments around the world. The Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) accepts Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) scores for most visa applications.

Study Mode

Intensive 23 hrs/wk

Morning Classes Only

IH Sydney City, IH Bondi, IH Melbourne, IH Byron Bay, IH Gold Coast, IH Adelaide:

M-F 8.00am to 12.15pm

+ 2 days, 1.5 hours each – total 3 hours per week


Semi Intensive 20 hrs/wk

Day OR Evening classes

IH Sydney City,  IH Bondi, IH Melbourne, IH Byron Bay, IH Gold Coast, IH Adelaide:

M-F 8.00am to 12.15pm or

M-F 5.00pm to 9.15pm


Key Features

Key Features

  • Everyday written and spoken English for work or study purposes
  • Comprising five practical, skills-based papers in: Reading, Writing, Use of English (grammar), Listening and Speaking
  • Practical, real-life writing tasks including writing business letters and reading authentic texts to build vocabulary
  • Professional interview techniques
  • Exam techniques and independent study skills carefully developed
  • Certificate awarded by Cambridge University

Who is the CAE course designed for?

  • This course is perfect for students that wish to gain an internationally recognised certificate in English from Cambridge University
  • Students wanting to prepare for further academic studies in English
  • Students wanting to improve examinations skills
  • Students seeking to improve fluency, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, writing skills, listening and reading skills
  • Those seeking career opportunities internationally

Learning Outcomes

  • Get a thorough understanding of the exam content, exam expectations and techniques
  • Be able to express opinions articulately and debate effectively on different topics using appropriate spoken language
  • Be able to write effectively in both formal and informal texts including articles, short stories, reviews and formal letters
  • Increased awareness in word and grammatical forms

More information about Cambridge Exam Preparation CAE

The Cambridge examination preparation courses are intensive and focus on developing the skills and confidence required to successfully complete the five papers of the Cambridge exams: reading, writing, listening, speaking and use of English. Both courses focus on using English accurately and fluently in a wide range of social and work situations, and on building practical exam techniques and independent study skills. Both include practice tests, mock exams and time-management skills in preparation for the relevant exam.

 Course Hours and Duration:

  • Intensive course: 23 hours per week
  • Semi Intensive course: 20 hours per week, 5 hours per day, Monday – Thursday (daytime), or 4 hours per day, Monday-Friday (evenings)
  • Course duration is 4 to 12 weeks. 10 weeks January – March
  • Additional 20 hours per week of independent study is recommended
  • We recommend students take 12 weeks to be well prepared for the exams


Exam Min. Entry Level Min. IELTS Score Min. Exit Level
CAE Advanced 6.0 6.5 (C1)
  • Please book in advance for an intake test and/or a trial lesson
  • Offshore testing available here

2023 Start Dates

Weeks Start Dates Exam Dates
Module 1,2,3-10 weeks 3 Jan- 10 Mar 10 & 11 Mar ( paper based)
Module 1-4 weeks 13 Mar -7 Apr 31 Mar & 1 Apr ( computer based)
Module 2- 5 weeks 11 Apr -12 May 12 & 13 May  ( paper based)
Module 3- 5 weeks 15 May- 16 Jun 16 & 17 Jun  ( paper based)
Module 1-4 weeks  19 Jun – 14 Jul  14 & 13 Jul (computer based)
Module 2-4 weeks  17 Jul- 11 Aug  18 & 19 Aug (computer based)
Module 3-4 weeks  14 Aug- 8 Sep  8 & 9 Sep  (paper based)
Module 1-4 weeks  11 Sep – 6 Oct  20 & 21 Oct (paper based)
Module 2-4 weeks  9 Oct – 3 Nov  3 & 4 Nov (paper based)
Module 3-4 weeks  6 Nov – 1 Dec  8 & 9 Dec (paper based)
  • The exam will only run with a minimum of 4 students
  • Enrolment closes 6 weeks before the exam date
  • We recommend to take all 12 weeks before the exam

IH Sydney City, IH Bondi, IH Melbourne, IH Gold Coast & IH Byron Bay are Cambridge exam centres.

Cambridge exam is optional.


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