CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English
CPE is Cambridge ESOL's most advanced exam. It is aimed at people who use English for professional or study purposes.
London Crest Open Centre offers the paper-based version of this exam.
Is CPE for you?
- use English to advise on, or talk about complex or sensitive issues?
- understand the finer points of documents, correspondence and reports?
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 does CPE involve?
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 (approx. 40 minutes):
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.
For more detailed information about this exam, please click here:
CPE – Information for candidates (pdf)
CPE – Handbook for teachers (pdf)
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