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CPE exam information

CPE is the highest qualification of the University of Cambridge in English and corresponds to level C2 (Proficient) in the Common European Framework. 

Your certificate is proof of your ability to use English with fluency and sophistication at a level approaching that of a native speaker. It shows that you have mastered English to an exceptional level.

CPE is proof of exceptional English ability and an invaluable qualification for anyone who wants to work or study abroad, or to develop a career which requires language skills, including business, medicine, engineering and many other professions.

CPE certificates are recognised by institutions of higher education in many countries -including almost all universities in the United Kingdom and a rapidly growing number in the USA. Employers throughout the world also recognise CPE. You can search the recognition database for up-to-date lists of organisations which officially accept or use Cambridge English exams here.

EXAM FORMAT

The Cambridge exams cover the four language skills - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. They include a range of tasks which assess your ability to use English. The Cambridge exams assess your ability to communicate effectively and accurately in English in a wide range of situations for almost any purpose.

It consists of five papers: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking.

Paper

Content

Marks
(% of total)

Purpose

Reading
(1 hour 30 minutes)

4 parts/40 questions

20%

Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and manuals.

Writing
(2 hours )

2 parts

20%

Requires you to be able to write a variety of items, such as essays, proposals, reports and reviews.

Use of English
(1 hour 30 minutes)

5 parts/44 questions

20%

Tests your ability to use the right words, tenses and idioms in the right situation, at the right time.

Listening
(about 40 minutes)

4 parts/28 questions

20%

Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as lectures, speeches and interviews.

Speaking
(19 minutes per pair of candidates)

3 parts

20%

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations.

RESULTS AND CERTIFICATES

Results are issued approximately two months after the date of the written exams. Certificates are sent to successful candidates approximately one month after results are issued. All candidates who register at English Аcademy will receive their certificates from us. You can access your results through the Cambridge ESOL Results Online website. Results Online access details are provided by exam centres.

Your score is based on your total score in all five papers and is shown as a percentage between 0 and 100.

Your grade depends on the score you achieve:

Grade

Score

CEFR level

A

80–100% (220-230 points)

C2

B

75–79% (213-219 points)

C2

C

60–74% (200-212 points)

C2

CEFR Level B2

45–59% (180-199 points)

C1

EXTENDED CERTIFICATION

The Extended Certification aims at giving many candidates additional credit for the language skills they have demonstrated in a Cambridge ESOL examination.

  • Certificate of Proficiency in English – Level C2 - If you achieve grade A, B or C in your exam, you will receive the Certificate of Proficiency in English at Level C2.
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English – Level C1 - If your performance is below Level C2, but falls within Level C1, we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at C1 level.

For further information about Cambridge Exams visit Cambridge ESOL website.