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CAE CD2: The Ultimate Resource for C1 Advanced Candidates

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If you are planning to take the C1 Advanced exam (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced or CAE), you need to prepare yourself well for this challenging test of your English language skills. One of the best ways to do that is to use CAE CD2, an updated version of the popular Advanced Trainer book by Cambridge University Press. In this article, you will learn what CAE CD2 is, what it contains, how to use it effectively, and where to get it and other resources for your C1 Advanced exam preparation.

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What's in CAE CD2?

CAE CD2 is a book with six practice tests for the revised C1 Advanced exam that started in 2015. It also comes with two audio CDs that contain the recordings for the listening tests. The book has two parts: Tests with guidance and Tests without guidance. The first two tests have easy-to-follow guidance and exam tips that help you understand the exam format, tasks, and criteria. The other four tests are similar to the real exam, without any guidance or tips. The book also has an introduction with information about the exam, answer keys with explanations, sample answers for the writing tasks, audio scripts for the listening tasks, and a score converter to check your results.

The practice tests in CAE CD2 cover all four papers of the C1 Advanced exam: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. In this article, we will focus on the listening and speaking tests, as they are the ones that require the audio CDs.

Listening tests

The listening test in C1 Advanced is about 40 minutes long and has four parts with 30 questions in total. You will hear a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks, and everyday conversations. You will have to answer multiple-choice questions, gap-fill sentences, match speakers with statements, or select options from a list.

Here are some tips for doing well in the listening test:

  • Before you listen, read the instructions and questions carefully and try to predict what you will hear.

  • Use the pauses in the recording to check your answers and prepare for the next part.

  • Don't worry if you don't understand everything. Focus on the main ideas and keywords that relate to the questions.

  • If you are not sure about an answer, guess. You won't lose marks for wrong answers.

  • Check your spelling and grammar when you transfer your answers to the answer sheet.

Speaking tests



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