C1 Advanced Exam Marking Criteria

If you’re taking an exam, it’s important to understand what the examiners are looking for and how they grade you.

Reading and Use of English:

  1. Reading:

    • Content: Understanding of the main ideas, details, opinions, attitudes, and purposes of a text.
    • Text Structure: Recognition of text organization, coherence, and linking between ideas.
  2. Use of English:

    • Grammar and Vocabulary: Appropriate and accurate use of grammar structures and a varied, precise vocabulary.
    • Syntax and Cohesion: Mastery of sentence structure, coherence, and cohesive devices.


  1. Content:

    • Task Achievement: Addressing the specific requirements of the task, presenting relevant ideas, and developing arguments coherently.
    • Content and Relevance: Demonstrating a clear understanding of the topic and providing well-supported arguments.
  2. Language:

    • Grammar and Vocabulary: Displaying a high level of grammatical accuracy and a rich, varied vocabulary.
    • Range of Structures: Demonstrating the ability to use a variety of sentence structures and language forms.
  3. Organization:

    • Text Structure: Organizing ideas logically with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion.
    • Cohesion: Using cohesive devices to link ideas and maintain coherence throughout the text.


  1. Understanding:

    • Main Ideas: Grasping the main ideas and supporting details in a variety of spoken texts.
    • Attitude and Opinion: Identifying attitudes, opinions, and emotions conveyed in the recordings.
  2. Language:

    • Grammar and Vocabulary: Recognizing and understanding a range of grammatical structures and vocabulary.
    • Pronunciation: Demonstrating an ability to understand different accents and pronunciations.


  1. Interaction:

    • Engagement: Demonstrating active participation in discussions and interactions.
    • Initiation: Initiating and responding to communication effectively.
  2. Language:

    • Grammar and Vocabulary: Using a range of grammatical structures and vocabulary accurately.
    • Fluency: Speaking with a natural flow, without undue hesitation.
  3. Pronunciation:

    • Intelligibility: Communicating ideas clearly, with effective pronunciation and stress patterns.

General Considerations:

  • Range and Accuracy: Demonstrating a breadth of vocabulary and grammatical structures while maintaining accuracy.
  • Register and Style: Adapting language use to different contexts and demonstrating an awareness of appropriate register and style.