C1 Advanced preparation (CAE) – Book recommendations

Exam preparation can be overwhelming at the beginning because it’s difficult to know where to start and how to organise your studies. There are many books available to help you with your C1 Advanced (CAE) Cambridge English exam preparation, but you may need some guidance to make sure your getting the best value for your money.

So, here are my top three books for self-study preparation for the C1 Advanced Cambirdge English exam. (See the Amazon links at the end of the article to buy the books)

  1. Advanced Trainer – Cambridge University Press

With six practice tests with answers and tips for each part of the exam, this book is the one to go for if you can only buy one. It’s paramount that you do many sample papers in order to really get a good understanding of the format and to work out the best time management strategy for you. This is a Cambridge University Press publication… and they should know what they’re doing!

2. Grammar and Vocabulary for Advanced – Cambridge Univesity Press

The C1 Advanced exam tests all the language skills, but students particulary benefit from expanding their range of vocabulary and revising all the grammar areas. This book covers the topics and structures that will be useful, although you can never know exactly what vocabulary you’ll need on exam day.

3. Advanced 2 (also available 1, 3 & 4) – Cambridge University Press

I promise, I don’t work for Cambridge! But, I always recommend their publications for exam preparation because the questions and tasks are written in a particular way which is very difficult to copy. In this case, Advanced 2 includes 4 complete authentic past examination papers which are useful for practise.

Spain; Advanced Trainer: https://amzn.to/3kivO1Y Grammar and Vocabulary for Advanced: https://amzn.to/3pRmVgP Advanced 2 (exam papers): https://amzn.to/3spreBP

Italy; Advanced Trainer: https://amzn.to/3pQESMK Grammar and Vocabulary for Advanced: https://amzn.to/3dFqVPb Advanced 2 (exam papers): https://amzn.to/3pZLLvj

France; Advanced Trainer:https://amzn.to/3utynmr Grammar and Vocabulary for Advanced: https://amzn.to/2P44Gbf Advanced 2 (exam papers): https://amzn.to/3uvpmsT

Germany; Advanced Trainer: https://amzn.to/3pPa92A Grammar and Vocabulary for Advanced: https://amzn.to/3aQyukn Advanced 2 (exam papers): https://amzn.to/3dHTP0W

UK: Advanced Trainer: https://amzn.to/3bAC558 Grammar and Vocabulary for Advanced: https://amzn.to/3pPIb6H Advanced 2 (exam papers): https://amzn.to/3bwJz9c

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