Cambridge | C2 Proficiency (CPE)

Cambridge | C2 Proficiency (CPE)

C2 Proficiency (CPE) - Your gateway to profound English mastery. C2 Proficiency was formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE).

Exam Information

What is the Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) exam?

Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) is the pinnacle of Cambridge English Qualification, representing the highest level of English proficiency. This prestigious certification aligns with Level C2, the highest tier recognised by the Europe's Common European Framework for languages (CEFR), recognised by the Council of Europe.

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What can you expect at Level C2 with the Cambridge exam C2 Proficiency (CPE)

At the C2 level, candidates can confidently:

  • Comprehend intricate documents, correspondence, and reports, including nuances within complex texts
  • Craft articulate letters on any subject and capture comprehensive notes during meetings or seminars with precision and eloquence
  • Offer guidance and engage in discussions on complex or sensitive topics, effortlessly interpreting informal references and deftly handling challenging inquiries

Who takes the Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) exam?

Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) stands as the highest-level Cambridge English Exam in Switzerland. It serves as an esteemed entry or school-leaving qualification at advanced educational levels, including Gymnasiums, universities, and universities of applied sciences, along with Pedagogical Hochschulen.

Successful C2 Proficiency (CPE) candidates gain access to demanding subjects at the highest academic echelons, including post-graduate and Ph.D. programs. Additionally, C2 Proficiency (CPE) holds a significant presence in the corporate sector. Due to its formidable level of difficulty, those who attain C2 Proficiency (CPE) set themselves apart in the workforce, underscoring their unparalleled English language competence. Holding a C2 Proficiency (CPE) qualification is an extraordinary accomplishment for non-native English speakers.

What are the benefits of Cambridge C2 Proficiency qualification?

C2 Proficiency (CPE) commands recognition as an entry or school-leaving qualification across various educational levels, including KV ‘M-Profil’, Gymnasiums, and institutions of higher education, both in Switzerland and internationally. Given its status as the highest-level Cambridge English Exam, C2 Proficiency (CPE) meets and exceeds all work or study-based requirements concerning English language proficiency.

Embark on your journey toward profound English mastery with the Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE). Register today and unlock boundless opportunities in education, career, and life.

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Format of the exam

You can take your Cambridge C2 Proficiency English Exam in two ways: on a computer or on paper. Exam length is about 4 hours.

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.

Computer-Based Exams for Convenience

Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE) exams are available in a convenient computer-based format. There are numerous advantages to taking your exam on a computer including flexible dates, convenient and modern locations, efficient systems as well as speedy results. Read more about digital assessment and its benefits.

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