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CPE preparation

My Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam prep courses are designed to give you all possible assistance to help you not only to pass your exam effortlessly but to excel at it.

C2 Proficiency, formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE), is the highest level of Cambridge English Qualifications. It is our highest-level qualification – proof that you are a highly competent speaker of English.

A C2 Proficiency 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 highly competent English 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.

Cambridge C2 Proficiency

A Cambridge English:

Proficiency qualification shows that you can:

  • study demanding subjects at the highest level, including postgraduate and PhD programmes

  • negotiate and persuade effectively at senior management level in international business settings

  • understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing

  • talk about complex or sensitive issues, and deal confidently with difficult questions.


Exam format

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) is a thorough test of all areas of language ability.

The exam is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills. 

The Speaking test is taken face to face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.


Exam Parts:

  1. Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes) 

  2. Writing (1 hour 30 minutes) 

  3. Listening (about 40 minutes) 

  4. Speaking (16 minutes per pair of candidates) 


Exam tips

It is important to familiarise yourself with the tasks and what they demand of you, and to get accustomed to doing them. They are designed to enable you to show that you can do in English, but you will only be able to do this if you understand what is involved and what is being tested.


For example, in the Writing test if you are not familiar with the type of tasks, do not know which particular skills are being assessed or are not used to writing within a time limit, then you may not be able to demonstrate your true ability.


Although knowledge of grammar and vocabulary is certainly important, it is essential to realise that you are being assessed on a range of skills and on your communicative ability.

So, for example, in the Speaking test you are assessed on your ability to interact with your partner and keep a conversation going, as well as use of language.

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