Cambridge English: Proficiency (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.

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 1 hr 30 mins 1 hr 30 mins 40 mins 16 mins per pair of candidates
Marks (% of total) 40% 20% 20% 20%

Price:

EUR 199.00

Dates

 

Note: alterations – June 2020

Please note that the registration period for Cambridge English Assessment exams in the June 2020 session has been extended.

The new "Register by..." dates are as follows:

  • Friday 17 April  2020 (for all exams except B2 FIRST 20 June)
  • Thursday 30 April 2020 (for B2 FIRST 20 June)

Please note also that online registrations have been made available for candidates who wish to enrol for the following exams:

  • in Guarda: A2 KEY, B1 PRELIMINARY, B2 FIRST & C1 ADVANCED
  • in Tomar: A2 KEY, B1 PRELIMINARY & B2 FIRST.

What's the difference...

Coimbra (4 in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
07 March 2020 Paper based 10 January 2020
09 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020
12 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
28 November Paper based 25 September

Funchal (2 in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
12 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
28 November Paper based 25 September

Lisbon (5 in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
29 February 2020 Computer based 10 January 2020
07 March 2020 Paper based 10 January 2020
09 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020
12 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
28 November Paper based 25 September

Porto (5 in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
29 February 2020 Computer based 10 January 2020
07 March 2020 Paper based 10 January 2020
09 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020
12 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
28 November Paper based 25 September

More information:

C2 Proficiency, formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
Information to Candidates