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Cambridge CAE

Cambridge CAE is one of our top course in our Cambridge English Test. It’s your child’s start to mastering the English language.

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Cambridge CAE Description

Cambridge CAE course is designed to show a student has the language skills necessary to communicate in an English-speaking environment.

More than 8,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept CAE as proof of high-level achievement in learning English.

Given that our groups are small to maximise the benefit for your child and we have the most successful Cambridge CAE course in Hong Kong, the places are limited, and early booking is advised.

Cambridge CAE can help your child achieve:
Reasons to choose Cambridge CAE:

Skills covered in Cambridge CAE

Internationally Recognised Certificate

Cambridge English Certificate Little Oxbridge
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*We make no guaranteed of class size, we reserve the right to change according to the environment

Excellent Results

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Our learning centres has a reputation for excellence and quality and renowned for achieving 92% success rate in achieving desired results.

It remains one of the highest amongst its peers including other learning centres, kindergartens and primary schools in Hong Kong.

Learning Chart

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Course Materials

Our experienced in house education experts has developed a curriculum specifically tailored for your child. These materials do not occur any cost to the parents. 

For every lesson, we use different worksheets designed specifically to encourage your child to learn and master the English Language.

Course Feedback

As a learning centre, teachers and parents share responsibility for the success of your child. Our unique online feedback system allows parents to keep up to date online on how much progress your child is making. 

After each lesson, our teachers will provide an up to minute report on how your child is progressing through the various stages of their learning. Our teachers will provide constructive feedback and any areas which need addressing for future lessons. 

Cambridge CAE Exam Key Questions & Answers

No. Your grade is based on your overall score in all the papers.

Use a pencil, not a pen, on the answer sheet.

Little Oxbridge will send the completed exams to Cambridge Assessment English. The papers are then marked very thoroughly by a team of highly qualified markers.

Your child will hear each part twice. This means your child can check their answers, or fill in any gaps, at the second listening.

Your child will hear regional British accents and occasionally Irish, American or Australian speaker

Your child will hear Cambridge CAE recordings delivered clearly and at a slightly slower than natural speed.

Your child will have a total of 8 minutes for this. They will be warned after 7 minutes that they only have 1 minute left

As long as it is possible to recognise the word – unless it is a common, high-frequency word (Morning, for example), or where the spelling of the word is dictated.

Just your child to ask the examiner to repeat the instructions.

Yes. There is a Cambridge CAE word list available.

Cambridge CAE Test Format

Cambridge CAE is made up of four papers developed to help your child achieve mastery in English language. Please see below what the paper looks like

PaperContent
Reading and Use of English
(1 hour 30 minutes)
8 parts/
56 questions
Writing
(1 hour 30 minutes)
2 parts
Listening
(about 40 minutes)
4 parts/
30 questions
Speaking
(14 minues per pair of candidates)
4 parts
Part 1 (Multiple-choice cloze) 
What’s in Part 1?A text in which there are some numbered gaps, each of which represents a word or phrase. After the text there are four possible answers for each gap and you have to choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D).
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?8
Part 2 (Open cloze) 
What’s in Part 2?A text in which there are some gaps, each of which represents one missing word. You have to find the correct word for each gap.
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?8
Part 3 (Word formation) 
What’s in Part 3?A text containing eight gaps. Each gap represents a word. At the end of the line is a ‘prompt’ word which you have to change in some way to complete the sentence correctly.
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?8
Part 4 (Key word transformations) 
What’s in Part 4?Each question consists of a sentence followed by a ‘key’ word and a second sentence with a gap in the middle. You have to use this key word to complete the second sentence, in three to six words, so that it means the same as the first sentence.
How many marks are there?2 marks for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?6
Part 5  (Multiple choice ) 
What’s in Part 5?A text with some multiple-choice questions. For each question, there are four options and you have to choose A, B, C or D.
How many marks are there?2 marks for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?6
Part 6 (Cross-text multiple matching) 
What’s in Part 6?Four short texts with multiple-matching questions. You must read across all of the texts to match a prompt to elements in the texts.
How many marks are there?2 marks for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?4
Part 7  (Gapped text) 
What’s in Part 7?A single page of text with some numbered gaps which represent missing paragraphs. After the text there are some paragraphs which are not in the right order. You have to read the text and the paragraphs and decide which paragraph best fits each gap.
How many marks are there?2 marks for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?6
Part 8 (Multiple matching) 
What’s in Part 8?A series of multiple-matching questions followed by a text or several short texts. You have to match a prompt to elements in the text.
How many marks are there?1 mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?10
Part 1  (Compulsory question) 
What’s in Part 1?You read a text, then write an essay based on points included in the text. You’ll be asked to explain which of the two points is more important, and to give reasons for your opinion.
How much do students have to write?220–260 words.
How many questions are there?One compulsory question.
Part 2 (Situationally based writing task) 
What’s in Part 2?You write a text from a choice of text types – letter/email, proposal, report or review. To guide your writing, you’ll be given information about context, topic purpose and target reader.
How much do students have to write?220–260 words.
How many questions are there?Three tasks, from which you must choose one.
Part 1 (Multiple choice) 
What’s in Part 1?Three short extracts from conversations between interacting speakers. There are two multiple-choice questions for each extract and you have to choose A, B or C.
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?6
Part 2  (Sentence completion) 
What’s in Part 2?A monologue lasting approximately 3 minutes. You have to complete the sentences on the question paper with the missing information which you hear on the recording.
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?8
Part 3  (Multiple choice) 
What’s in Part 3?A conversation between two or more speakers of approximately 4 minutes. You have to answer some multiple-choice questions by choosing the correct answer from four options (A, B C or D).
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?6
Part 4 (Multiple matching) 
What’s in Part 4?A series of five themed monologues of approximately 30 seconds each. On the question paper, there are two tasks and for each task you have to match each of the five speakers to one of eight possible answers.
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?10
Part 1 (Interview) 
What’s in Part 1?Conversation between the candidates and the interlocutor. The examiner asks questions and you may have to give information about your interests, studies, careers, etc.
How long do candidates have to speak?2 minutes.
Part 2  (Long turn) 
What’s in Part 2?The interlocutor gives you three pictures and asks you to talk about two of them. You have to speak for 1 minute without interruption and the interlocutor then asks the other candidate to comment on what you have said for about 30 seconds. The other candidate receives a different set of photographs and you have to listen and comment when they have finished speaking. The questions you have to answer about your photographs are written at the top of the page to remind you what you should talk about.
How long do candidates have to speak?1 minute per candidate, plus a 30-second response
Part 3 (Collaborative task) 
What’s in Part 3?Conversation with the other candidate. The examiner gives you spoken instructions with written prompts which are used in a discussion. You have to talk with the other candidate for about 2 minutes (3 minutes for groups of three) about the written prompts. After the discussion time, the examiner will ask you another question which requires you to make a decision. You have 1 minute to talk together and make the decision (2 minutes for groups of three).
How long do candidates have to speak?3 minutes (a 2-minute discussion followed by a 1-minute decision-making task)
Part 4 (Discussion) 
What’s in Part 4?Further discussion with the other candidate based on the topics or issues raised in the task in Part 3. The interlocutor asks each of you some questions and you discuss them with the other candidate.
How long do candidates have to speak?The discussion should last 5 minutes

Cambridge CAE Exam Preparation

To make your child as comfortable as possible before taking Cambridge CAE exam, we suggest the following exam preparation: –

  • Ensure your child to stay up to date, show them the relevant exam papers. When children are prepared, they will feel more confident and achieve better results. 
  • Encourage your child to attend more English lessons at our learning centre and practice more at home. A child will feel more confident when they can find answers to their questions about the exam when a teacher is present.  
In the Cambridge CAE Listening exam:
  • The recordings are played twice. If your child misses something the first time they listen, there will be another opportunity to hear the answers.
  • Practise listening to English as much as possible.
  • Revise the letters of the alphabet and numbers.
  • Make sure you understand how to complete the answer sheet.
  • Check your answers at the second listening.
In the Cambridge CAE Reading & Writing exam:
  • Ensure your child writes clearly.
  • Check your answers and make sure you have written them in the correct place on the answer sheet.
  • Write all your answers on the answer sheet.
  • Take your time as there is plenty of time to answer all of the questions.
  • Use a pencil, not a pen, on the answer sheet.
In the Cambridge CAE Speaking Exam:
  • Our examiners at our learning centre are very friendly. They are very experience and encouraging. Your child should feel relax and enjoy the speaking part of the exam. Suggest to your child to use words they are familiar to communicate with, for example, ‘Yes please’, ‘Thank you’, Pardon?’ 
  • If you child does not understand something, they can ask our friendly examiner to repeat what they said. They can use words such as, ‘Can you please repeat?’. 
  • Listen carefully to the examiner’s instructions and questions during the test.
  • Always try to answer the questions, even if you are worried about making mistakes. The examiners can’t mark you if you don’t say anything.

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