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Cerificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

CPE is Cambridge ESOL's most advanced exam. It is aimed at people who use English for professional or study purposes. CPE is at Level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability.

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CPE - Cerificate of Proficiency in English.

CPE is truly international, recognised around the world for business and study purposes. Hundreds of employers, universities and government departments officially recognise CPE as proof of proficiency in English.

CPE is at Level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

At C2 level, typical users can be expected to:

  •  understand with ease virtually everything they hear and read
  •  make accurate and complete notes during a presentation
  •  understand colloquial asides
  •  talk about complex and sensitive issues without awkwardness
  •  express themselves precisely and fluently

CPE has five papers:

  • Reading 1 hour 30 minutes - you will need to be able to understand the meaning of written English at word, sentence, paragraph and whole text level.
  • Writing 2 hours - you will have to show you can produce a number of different items such as a short story, a letter, an article, a report or a composition, each of about 300-350 words.
  • Use of English 1 hour 30 minutes - your use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary and how well you can summarise information.
  • Listening: 40 minutes (approx) - you need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of spoken material, including lectures, news programmes and public announcements.
  • Speaking: 19 minutes - you will take the Speaking test with another candidate or in groups of three, and you will be tested on your ability to take part in different types of interaction: with the examiner, with the other candidates and by yourself.

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