Closure of the Cambridge English Examinations Centre, Bern

The current disruption resulting from the Coronavirus has caused enormous personal, professional and economic difficulties for us all. We at the Cambridge English Examinations Centre, Bern have done our utmost to fulfil obligations to candidates and schools during these past weeks and have carried out all written and oral examinations up to and including Saturday, 14 March 2020.

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that the Cambridge English Examinations Centre, Bern is ceasing business with immediate effect and will no longer be able to accept any registrations for future examinations.

Over many years we have valued working together with you, your staff and your students. All our efforts have been focussed on providing professional support and services towards the achievement of a successful outcome for candidates in the examinations. We hope you will agree that we have fulfilled these commitments.

We would like to refer you to our partner Centres for Summer registrations.

We will be sending you information regarding refunds for your fees in a separate email during the next few days.

I am enormously grateful for your personal and business collaboration and wish you and your students the very best for the future.

Anne Gruaz


To all schools and candidates wishing to register for Cambridge exams.

We have received offers of help for our clients from the following centres:

Basel – cambridgeenglish-basel.ch

Geneva – cambridgeenglish-geneva.ch

St. Gallen - cambridgetesting.ch

Valais & Vaud East - cambridgeenglishvalais.ch

Vaud West – Lausanne - cambridgeenglish-vaudwest.ch

We have accepted their offer of help for you and would ask you to contact one of the above centres for any future registrations.


All candidates and schools that have paid Cambridge English Exams Centre Bern for exams scheduled between 15.03.2020 and 31.12.2020 will receive a full refund.

To claim your refund please fill out one of the forms below and return it to help@cambridgeenglish-bern.ch immediately.

It is not possible for us to transfer your fee to another exams centre.

Thank you for your patience while we process the refunds.

AARGAU-REFUND-FORM.pdf

BERN-REFUND-FORM.pdf

LUZERN-REFUND-FORM.pdf

help@cambridgeenglish-bern.ch

What is it?

The C1 Advanced is one of the highest Cambridge English levels of qualification. It is a thorough exam, testing all areas of language ability and validates the language skills desired by both employers and universities.

C1 Advanced English (CAE)

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Why should I do the exam?

The C1 Advanced certificate enhances every application made to a firm or educational organisation where high-level English skills are required. This certificate opens the way to education, work and travel abroad and is accepted by more than 8’000 institutions and businesses world-wide. A C1 Advanced certificate validates that you are able to:

  • discuss successfully with others, expressing your opinion and reasons
  • study in an educational course at the tertiary level
  • speak and write with confidence at an executive level
  • fluently participate in discussions whether at work or university

Format of the exam

Paper Content Marks Purpose
Reading and Use of English
(90 minutes)
Reading:
8 parts/ 56 questions
40% Proves you can cope well with a large range of published material demonstrating your command of grammar and vocabulary.
Writing
(90 minutes)
2 parts 20% You are required to compose two styles of text to communicate complex ideas in an effective and convincing way.
Listening
(about 40 minutes)
4 parts/ 30 questions 20% Evaluates your skill in tracking and understanding a variety of spoken situations, such as conversations, radio broadcasts and presentations etc.
Speaking
(15 minutes per pair of candidates)
4 parts 20% Shows your capability at conversing competently with another candidate.

C1 Advanced (CAE) speaking test, Raphael and Maude

Good to know

  • I'm better at speaking than writing. Do I have to pass each paper of the exam in order to pass the whole exam?
    • No. Your final grade is an overall mark determined by averaging together the scores from each of your papers.
  • Can I take one part of the exam now and do another part later?
    • No. Cambridge Assessment English requires you to take all parts of the exam during the same exam session.
  • How do I know if the exam is on paper or on a computer?
    • Our exams are normally offered as paper-based exams. If the exam is a computer-based exam, under the exam date listed on the Dates & Registration page it would appear as: "C1 Advanced (CAE) – Computer Based"
  • What must I bring to my exam?
    • Some kind of valid governmental photo identification such as a passport or identity card - check the expiration date.
    • For candidates aged 17 or under on the exam days who do not own a valid ID or cannot get an emergency passport, please complete this form and send it to the office at the latest two weeks before the exam.
    • You will need a pencil to complete the exam papers - if a pen is required it will be provided.
    • A bottle of still water is allowed.
  • What if the expiration date on my identification is expired?
  • What is a test day photo?
    • Due to increased regulations and exam security concerns, a photo will be taken on the day of the speaking test for the FCE-CAE-CPE exams. If anyone else wishes to have their photo taken they should contact the exam centre when they register for their exam.

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