C1 Advanced Books Introduction

If you provide yourself with the right C1 Advanced books and materials to use, YOU CAN PREPARE YOURSELF effectively and cheaply for the CAE exam.

Which C1 Advanced book do you need? There are many different types of CAE books and in my opinion, it is not a "one size fits all" approach. I recommend buying a couple of different books. You should buy at least one course book and one practice test book. A good course book will take you through all the grammar and vocabulary necessary for the exam. It will also train you with exam exercises. Whereas, a practice test book will allow you to evaluate your level of English and see if you are ready to take the exam or not.

By the end of this page, you should have a good idea which course books and practice test books will be good for your training.

Let's quickly take a look at what we will cover on the rest of this page...

C1 Advanced Books

I want to quickly tell you what I believe...

I believe students spend too much time and money going to language schools. My name is Rory (#cambridgerory) and I want this to change.

I want you to be able to prepare yourself for the C1 Advanced exam.

I recently wrote 2 C1 Advanced books. These books will help you effectively prepare yourself for the exam. I poured my heart and soul into the books, so let's have a look at them in more detail...

My New 'C1 or not C1?' CAE Book

I just recently released 'C1 or not C1?' a new book for exam students.

I wrote 'C1 or not C1?' as a cheap, "side book". What does "side book" mean? Well, if you don't want to spend a lot of money buying course books, or you prefer to use free, online resources to study with, my "side book" will be perfect for this.


Well, the book comprises all of my newly updated, POWERFUL exam techniques and I deliberately didn't include exam exercises.

Why not?

I want you to easily and quickly find the correct page with the technique you need to use. The book is therefore extremely lightweight and there is an online version for you to use.

I'm really happy with how the book turned out, but, unfortunately one student who bought the book wanted to have exercises with it. For this reason, he only gave it a 2 star rating 🙁 So, I kindly ask, if you buy the book (and you enjoy it), please give it a 5 star rating as this will really help other students find my work.

Even though it took me a lot of time and effort to write the book, I wanted to make it affordable for all and in some countries, you can even read the book for free with Kindle Unlimited >>

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C1 Advanced Book of Writing Samples

The writing paper is one which students often struggle with. While I have lots of useful tips for the writing paper on my membership website, I also really recommend having a read of my CAE writing samples book. This is one of the most comprehensive bodies of work I have put together and I am really pleased with the feedback it has received. Learning from other students' writings is one of the best ways to prepare for the CAE writing paper. You can read their answers and then see my feedback, including mistakes, corrections and comments on the official examiner assessment scale.

You can find the paperback and ebook on Amazon here, or if you want to know more about it, watch the video below:


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Now I'm going to tell you something else that I believe...

I believe there are 2 main things you need to do to pass the C1 Advanced exam:

1. Learn exam techniques

There is a technique you can and should follow for every part of the exam.

I recently updated my techniques and added them all to my 'C1 or not C1' book which I talked about above. You can also find all of these techniques, with examples, video explanations and extra resources by becoming a paid member of my website.

2. Use these techniques to complete more exercises

If you use the techniques from my 'C1 or not C1' book to complete more practice exercises, you will be very well prepared for the exam.

Remember, there are loads more exercises in my membership website and if you sign up to my newsletter here, you can access some of these exercises for free!

Below is a list of other CAE books that I recommend training with. I actually made a video critiquing a couple of these books, which I have put for you to watch below as well.

CAE Book Review

If you want to see some online CAE resources, I recommend checking out this page >>