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C2 Proficiency (CPE)

C2 Proficiency, formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) or Cerificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), is one of Cambridge English Qualifications. C2 Proficiency is the Cambridge English highest-level qualification.


A C2 Proficiency qualification proves you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker. It is at Level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability.

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

 Key facts:

CEFR level:       C2  
Scale score:      200 – 230
Test format:       Computer or paper-based
No. of papers:    4
Exam length:     about 4 hours

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