Certificate of Proficiency in English
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The Certificate of Proficiency in English or CPE (as it is usually referred to) is the most advanced general English exam provided by the University of Cambridge. The English level of those who have passed the CPE is supposed to be similar to that of a fairly educated native speaker of English.
The exam is comprised of 5 parts:
- Reading (1 hour and 30 minutes)
- Writing (2 hours)
- Use of English (1 hour and 30 minutes)
- Listening (approx. 40 minutes)
- Speaking (approx. 20 minutes)
In the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CPE is ranked at the C2 level. Like all the other Cambridge exams, once you have passed the exam this qualification never expires. It is considered to be very valuable for professional purposes, since a large number of companies and employers use it as an indicator of the would-be employee's English skills.
- CPE on the Cambrige ESOL website