Proficiency in English CPE
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British Council

Cambridge English: Proficiency is also known as the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). This qualification shows that you have mastered English and can use it fluently in demanding research, academic and professional situations. This is the highest Cambridge English qualification.

Level of qualification: Proficient = C2 on the Common European Framework.

Exam dates, fees and locations

Andorra

Date Type of exam Registration period Price
To be confirmed   Paper  To be confirmed   230€

Barcelona

 Date Type of exam Registration period Price
02/12/2017 Paper CLOSED 230€
10/03/2018 Paper Until 04/02/2018 230€

Bilbao

  Date Type of exam Registration period Price
30/11/2017 Paper Based Closed 230€
03/03/2018 Computer Based Until 16/02/2018 or places run out* 230€

* Limited places

Madrid

 Date Type of exam Registration period Price
18/11/2017 Computer CLOSED 230€
02/12/2017 Paper CLOSED 230€
03/03/2018 Computer 18/02/2018 or places run out 230€

*Limited places

 

Menorca

 Date Type of exam Registration period Price
To be confirmed   Paper  To be confirmed   230€

Palma de Mallorca

 Date Type of exam Registration period Price
02/12/2017 Paper Closed 230€
10/03/2018 Paper From 15/01/2018 to 01/02/2018 230€
14/06/2018 Paper To be confirmed 230€

Tarragona

 Date Exam type Registration period Fees
To confirm Paper  To confirm 230€ 

Valencia

 Date Exam type Registration period Fees
02/12/2017 Paper Closed 230€
10/03/2018 Paper 22/01/2018 230€
14/06/2018 Paper 01/02/2018-30/04/2018 230€

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS EXAM? 

You should take the CPE if you want to prove to employers that you can use English at a senior management level, or if you want to study at postgraduate or PhD level at an English-speaking university.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • understand almost everything you hear or read in English
  • use and understand formal, academic and colloquial language
  • negotiate, argue and discuss the subtle issues of complex subjects.

HOW DOES THE EXAM PROCESS WORK?

There are four parts to the CPE exam. You will complete papers Reading & Use of English, Writing and Listening on the same day. The Speaking may be on a different day. You do the speaking with two examiners and one other candidate.

 CPE READING AND USE OF ENGLISH WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
Time allowed 1hr 30 mins 1hr 30 mins 40 mins 16 mins per pair of candidates
Marks (% of total) 40% 20% 20% 20%

See also