Cambridge English Qualifications: C2 Proficiency (CPE)
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C2 Proficiency is also known as the 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 Qualifications exam.

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

Who should take this exam? 

You should take the C2 Proficiency 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.

Check full list of organisations recognising C2 Proficency exam.

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 C2 Proficiency exam. You will complete papers Reading and 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.

C2 Proficiency Reading and Use of English Writing Listening  Speaking
Time allowed 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 40 minutes 16 minutes per pair of candidates
Marks (% of total) 40 % 20 % 20 % 20 %

Format of the exam:

You can choose the format of the exam: Paper-based or Computer-based.

Computer-based exams are the same as paper-based exams, only the method of delivery is different.


External links

C2 Proficiency Sample Papers and tips for test takers from Cambridge Assessment English