CAE Listening Part 3

CAE Listening Part 3

The CAE Listening Part 3 is the third part of the C1 Advanced exam listening paper. There are 4 parts of the listening paper in total and you need to achieve a score of 18 out of 30 to pass this exam paper. This means you need a minimum of 4.5 in each of the 4 parts, but because you cannot get half marks, I advise aiming for a minimum of 5 or 6 correct answers in each part.

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CAE Listening Part 3 – Dictation

If you have read other pages on my website, you know how very important it is to understand and be able to use a technique for every part of this exam. On the rest of this page, I will show you the format and then teach you the best technique to successfully pass this part of the exam, which is a multiple choice task. We are going to use our time efficiently and learn these while also improving our general English skills with a dictation exercise. There will be a writing question for you to complete at the end of the video for you….

You can write down your dictation on my online dictation worksheet. Remember, there is a CAE writing question at the end and you’ll also be able to check your writing below the video 😉

Below is the script for the dictation. You should check to see how many mistakes you made and write them down on this worksheet >>

If you cannot find where to write these mistakes and how to edit and use the worksheet, go back to the beginning of this CAE course and follow the correct order of the pages:


In part 3 of the Listening paper you have six multiple choice (a,b,c,d) questions. 

This is normally an interview or a conversation between 2 different people. 

You do not need to listen for specific words in this section. However, you do need to identify the most important information and understand the speakers’ opinions. 


  1. You have 70 seconds to read all the questions before the recording begins. Read the questions and underline the most important words. Think about the differences between a,b,c,d as they might not be obvious.
  2. On the first listening, indicate the correct answer.
  3. Confirm your thoughts the second time you listen. 

Question: Review

You see this announcement on the Cambridge English website. 

Reviews wanted

Send us a review of part 3 of the CAE Listening paper. Your review should include:

Why you think it is important to test student’s listening skills.

How you found the Listening paper in the exam.

How the Listening paper could be improved.

Write your answer in 220-260 words.

CAE Listening Part 3 – Practice

I’m going to put a picture below of the passage above, but it will be separated into 4 parts.

You should try to answer the following 10 questions.


Which part of the passage below suggests:

  1. There are 70 seconds to read before the recording begins.
  2. Put a mark next to the correct answer when listening the first time.
  3. There are six questions.
  4. Come to a decision after the second listening.
  5. Find differences in meaning between the options.
  6. You listen to the recording twice.
  7. Indicate the important words.
  8. You don’t need to listen for individual words.
  9. There are 4 multiple choice options.
  10. The differences between the options are not always clear.


CAE Reading part 8 exercise based on CAE Listening part 3


  1. 3
  2. 4
  3. 1
  4. 4
  5. 3
  6. 4
  7. 3
  8. 2
  9. 1
  10. 3

This is the same type of exercise you will have to complete in part 8 of the CAE Reading paper. We will have a look at that later in this CAE course.

CAE Listening Part 3 – Revision and Extra Practice

In part 3, you listen to a passage and answer 6 multiple-choice questions. It will look like this:

cae listening part 3 based on cae speaking part 4

Watch the video below. It is an older version of the technique I teach above, however, the information is still relevant and very useful. It also shows you how to access a sample paper which you can practice with (links below the video).

You should write down the 4 steps from the technique below and compare them to the technique above. This will help you consolidate your understanding and even test which technique works best for you! There is a homework exercise at the end of the video too!

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cae listening part 3

Handbook for Teachers

CAE Listening Questions

CAE Listening Part 3 Audio File

Listening Answer Key – page 2

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