Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), is a language examination provided by Cambridge English Language Assessment (previously known as University of Cambridge ESOL).
CPE is the most advanced qualification offered by Cambridge English Language Assessment and has been developed to show achievement of an extremely high level of English. It shows the world that you have mastered English to an exceptional level. It proves you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a native speaker.
Preparing for and passing the CPE 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 English: Proficiency assesses at Level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and is accepted worldwide by many businesses and educational institutions as proof that a candidate has mastered English to an exceptional level.
Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) – znajomości języka angielskiego
The Proficiency presently comprises four exam papers, which test each of the four language skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
1. Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes – 40% of total marks)
The Reading and Use of English paper in the CPE has seven parts.
Parts 1 to 4 focus on Use of English and test underlying knowledge of vocabulary and grammar
Parts 5 to 7 focus on Reading and test understanding of texts through tasks such as multiple-choice, gapped paragraph and multiple matching exercises.
2. Writing (1 hour 30 minutes – 20% of total marks)
The Writing paper in the CPE has two parts.
Part 1 has one compulsory question. Candidates are asked to write an essay of approximately 240–280 words, which summarises and evaluates the key points contained in two texts of approximately 100 words each.
Part 2 requires candidates to answer one question from a choice of four. Candidates may be asked to write an article, a letter, a report, or a review.
Candidates write their responses in 240-280 words. They are assessed on their ability to structure and develop ideas of a given topic
3. Listening (approximately 40 minutes – 20% of total marks)
The Listening paper in the CPE has four parts.
Part 1 has four short, unrelated recordings each lasting approximately 1 minute and six multiple-choice questions to complete.
Part 2 has a monologue lasting 3–4 minutes and nine incomplete sentences. Candidates must fill in the gap in each sentence based on the information in the recording.
Part 3 has a recording with interacting speakers lasting 3–4 minutes and 5 multiple-choice questions to complete.
Part 4 has five short, themed monologues each lasting approximately 35 seconds and two multiple-matching tasks.
4. Speaking (16 minutes – 20% of total marks)
The Speaking paper in the CPE has three parts, with two candidates paired together. There are two examiners. One examiner acts as both interlocutor and assessor and manages the test by asking questions and setting-up tasks for the candidates. The other acts as assessor only and does not join the conversation.
Part 1 is a short conversation with the examiner. The examiner asks a series of questions which give candidates an opportunity to talk about themselves.
Part 2 is a collaborative task with the other candidate. The examiner gives the candidates spoken instructions and one or more pictures to look at. Each candidate answers a question about the picture(s) and then undertakes a decision-making task with the other candidate.
Part 3 is a long monologue and a group discussion. The examiner gives a candidate a card with a question and some ideas. The candidate must speak for about 2 minutes on their own. When they finish the other candidate is asked to comment and the examiner asks both candidates a question on the topic. This procedure is repeated with the second candidate, then the examiner leads a discussion with both candidates.
Candidates in the CPE are expected to demonstrate a range of oral skills such as the organisation of thoughts, negotiation, extended discourse and maintaining a discussion with appropriate pronunciation, intonation and speed of delivery.
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