Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)



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Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) is Cambridge ESOL's most advanced exam. It is aimed at people who use English for professional or study purposes.

A Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) qualification shows the world that you have mastered English to an exceptional level. It proves you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a native speaker. Preparing for and passing the exam means you have the level of English that’s needed to study or work in a very senior professional or academic environment, for example on a postgraduate or PhD programme.

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Is CPE for you?

Can you...

If this describes your skills now, or describes the level of skills you are working towards, then CPE is the right exam for you.

What will taking CPE help you do?

CPE is at Level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised framework which Cambridge ESOL helped to develop. The framework uses six levels to describe language ability from A1 to C2. 'Can Do' statements have been used to describe these levels in terms of real skills with language.

For example, at C2 level, typical users can be expected to:

Your preparation for CPE will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

What does CPE involve?

CPE has four papers:

Reading & Use of English 1 hour 30 minutes
Part 1 is mainly lexical, Part 2 is mainly grammatical, and Part 3 is all about how affixes affect words. There are lots of other sub-skills involved such as your ability to paraphrase and work out meaning from context. The reading skills you will need include very detailed reading, following an argument, coherence and linking, looking for specific information and skim reading.

Writing 1 hour 30 minutes
First a compulsory essay where you summarise the main ideas from two short texts. Then a choice from various tasks, such as an article, letter, report or review – including a choice on a set text.

Listening: 40 minutes
This tests your ability to listen for a wide variety of real-life purposes. Within that, you might be listening for the gist of a whole extract, for a particular detail or the speaker’s opinion.

Speaking: up to 16 minutes
You’re tested on many things, including your pronunciation, intonation, speed of delivery as well as your ability to organise your thoughts, negotiate and sustain a discussion.

For further information see Information for Candidates .