Cambridge Qualifications: Proficiency (CPE)

C2 Proficiency is also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). This qualification shows that you have mastered English and can use it fluently in demanding research, academic and professional situations. This is the highest Cambridge Qualifications qualification.

Level of qualification: Proficient = C2 on the Common European Framework.

Who should take this exam? 

You should take the CPE if you want to prove to employers that you can use English at a senior management level, or if you want to study at postgraduate or PhD level at an English-speaking university.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • understand almost everything you hear or read in English
  • use and understand formal, academic and colloquial language
  • negotiate, argue and discuss the subtle issues of complex subjects.

How does the exam process work?

There are four parts to the CPE exam. You will complete papers Reading and Use of English, Writing and Listening on the same day. The Speaking may be on a different day. You do the speaking with two examiners and one other candidate.

CPE  READING AND USE OF ENGLISH  WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
Time allowed 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 40 minutes   16 minutes per pair of candidates
Marks (% of total)  40% 20% 20% 20%

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