Cambridge Advanced Exam Preparation CAE

The programme

Improve your English skills in Galway and gain an internationally recognised Cambridge Advanced Certificate on this Exam Preparation Course.  The CAE EP20 runs over 12 weeks so gives you plenty of time for practising your language skills with your classmates and with the wider community.

  • Minimum Course Length

    12 weeks

  • Lessons a Week

    20 lessons per week (15 hours)
    45 minutes per lesson

  • Minimum English Level

    Advanced - C1

  • Cost

    Exam fee €195

  • Start Dates


  • Maximum Class Size


  • Minimum Age

    17 in low season
    16 in high season

  • Lesson times

    Mon - Fri 9.00 - 12.30 - all year round

Who is the course for?

The Cambridge English Certificates are the world's most preferred and widely-endorsed series of English language qualifications.

This 12-week exam course is for you if you wish to take and be fully-prepared for the Cambridge English Advanced exam (CAE). Our students enrol on this course for a wide variety of reasons; some require the certificate for academic or work purposes, while others enjoy the challenge of working towards a specific English language goal.  Some are drawn by the beautiful location and city - Galway.  Whatever your background or motivation, this Galway Cultural Institute course will benefit you and your English language acquisition greatly.

Galway Cultural Institute is an authorised Cambridge English Test Centre. This makes it easy for students to sit their Cambridge exam in a familiar environment.

Course objectives

The purpose of the course is to provide you with a sound foundation in all areas of the Cambridge Advanced exam (CAE). This includes language use, skills work, familiarisation with the exam structure and practical exam skills and techniques.

The CAE exam preparation course is the logical step in your language learning journey between Cambridge First (FCE) and Cambridge Proficiency (CPE). Completing this course and passing the Cambridge exam, confirms that you can:

  • Express yourself with a high standard of fluency.
  • Pursue a course at third level.
  • Communicate confidently in the workplace.
  • Participate with ease in meetings, academic settings or in conferences.

Course content

The course is designed to enhance students' English knowledge & English skills and boosts your exam skills. You work with our highly-experienced teachers using the very best exam preparation materials. We encourage you to make the most of your time here in Galway by providing you with study tips, at home  activities and plenty of self-study ideas. On arrival, each student will be given:

  • an Advanced exam course book - used for lessons and home study.
  • an Advanced language practice book - used to support the lessons and self-directed study.

This GCI 12 week course is designed so that you will be continuously developing all four English language skills through exam type activities. Your existing vocabulary will grow over a wide range of topic areas and you will build on your current knowledge of grammatical forms. You will get the opportunity to practise all aspects of the Cambridge Advanced exam - Reading and Use of English, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. You will complete sample papers from Cambridge and even take a mock exam under real exam conditions & timings. You will receive frequent personalised feedback from your teachers and focus on exam strategies.

As a result of our commitment to the highest possible course quality, our students enter the exam with a feeling of preparedness and ready to succeed!  You will see this reflected in your exam results.

Sample timetable


Exam Focus:
Reading & Exam Tips
Developing Exam Skills:
Collaborative discussions.
Exam Focus:
Open close tasks
Developing Writing Skills:
Formal emails

Language Focus: Formal register
Weekly Review:

Exam Focus:
Speaking Exam Practice

Developing Exam Skills:
Exam Focus:
Developing Exam Skills:
Language Focus: 
Grammar: participal clauses
Language Focus:
Phrasal verbs