Cambridge | C2 Proficiency (CPE)

Cambridge | C2 Proficiency (CPE)

Proof of exceptional English ability! C2 Proficiency (CPE) shows that you can communicate with fluency and sophistication like a native speaker.

Exam Information

What is C2 Proficiency (CPE)?

C2 Proficiency (CPE) is an official high-level Cambridge English qualification, requiring proficient competence in all the language skills, set at level C2 which is the highest level of the Council of Europe's Common Framework of Reference for Languages.

Typical users at C2 level can be expected to:

  • understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the [finer] points of complex texts
  • write letters on any subject and full notes of meetings or seminars with good expression and accuracy
  • advise on or talk about complex or sensitive issues, understanding colloquial references and dealing confidently with hostile questions

Who takes Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE)?

C2 Proficiency (CPE) is the highest level Cambridge English Exam in Switzerland. C2 Proficiency (CPE) is used as an entry or school-leaving exam at higher educational levels (Gymnasium, higher education such as Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences, Pädagogische Hochschulen, etc.). Successful candidates can study demanding subjects at the highest levels, including post-graduate and PhD programmes. C2 Proficiency (CPE) is also used in the corporate sector. Due to its level of difficulty, successful candidates clearly differentiate themselves in the workforce in regard to English language competency. Holding a C2 Proficiency (CPE) qualification is an exceptional achievement for non-native speakers of English.

Why to take C2 Proficiency (CPE)?

C2 Proficiency (CPE) is recognised as an entry or school-leaving qualification at various educational levels (e.g. KV M-Profile, Gymnasium, institutions of higher education, etc.) in Switzerland and internationally. Because C2 Proficiency (CPE) is the highest level Cambridge English Exam, it willfulfilll any work or study-based requirement in regard to English language competence.

Format of the exam

You can take your Cambridge exam in two ways: on a computer or on paper.

Paper Content Marks (%of total) Purpose
Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes) 7 parts/ 53 questions 40% Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and manuals.
Writing (1 hour 30 minutes) 2 parts 20% Requires you to be able to write a variety of text types, such as essays, reports and reviews.
Listening (about 40 minutes) 4 parts/ 30 questions 20% Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as lectures, speeches and interviews.
Speaking (16 minutes per pair of candidates) 3 parts 20% Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations.

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