CPE Exams


CPE Exams
Source: Wikipedia
Examination

The exam comprises five parts/components:
Reading and Use of English (1 hour and 30 minutes)
The Reading paper assesses the ability of the candidates to read and understand texts taken from a wide range of sources, including fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines. They are expected to understand the meaning of written English at word, phrase, sentence, paragraph and whole text level. It includes understanding of text content, organisation and structure. In the Use of English paper, candidates are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and control of the language system by completing various tasks at word, sentence and text level. These include gap-filling and word formation exercises, comprehension questions and a summary writing task.
Writing (1 hour and 30 minutes)
The Writing paper assesses the ability to write non-specialised texts types such as letters, articles, reports and reviews for a given purpose and target reader, covering a wide range of topics. The paper also includes questions on set texts. Responses are of 280–320 words in length.

Listening (approx. 40 minutes)
The Listening paper assesses the ability to listen to and understand texts taken from a variety of text types including interviews, discussions, lectures and conversations. It tests the ability to understand the meaning of spoken English, to extract information from a spoken text and to understand speakers’ attitudes and opinions.
Speaking (approx. 18 minutes)
The Speaking Test assesses the ability to interact in conversational English in a range of contexts. The paper contains three parts, which take the form of an interview section, a collaborative task and individual long turns with follow-up discussion. Candidates are provided with picture and written stimuli and they normally take the Speaking Test in pairs. In case a candidate doesn’t have a partner, they are to join another pair and take speaking part in a group of three or, alternatively, take it with another unpaired candidate.
Results and Grading[edit]

Each component carries 20% of the total marks. There are three pass grades (A, B and C) and certificates are awarded to candidates who achieve these grades. Candidates who achieve a grade D or E are judged not to have reached the required standard for CPE.
Exam scripts are sent to Cambridge ESOL for marking and grading and the results are sent back to the centres.
Once awarded, Cambridge ESOL CPE certificates are valid for life. Alternatively to the usual paper-based version of the exam, a computer-based form of examination is available since 2013. [1]
New version from 2013[edit]

From 2013, the exam switches to a new version consisting of the following four parts, each of which carries 20% of the total marks, except Reading & Use of English, that is 40% worth. [2]
Reading & Use of English (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Writing (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Listening (approx. 40 minutes)
Speaking (approx. 15 minutes)
Purpose[edit]

The CPE can be used by those who want to work or study abroad, or to develop a career which requires language skills (e.g., business, medicine, engineering & TESOL etc.). The CPE is recognised by many universities and employers throughout the world, and hence it serves as objective evidence of a person’s English skills.
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:Examination parts[edit]

The exam comprises five parts/components:
Reading and Use of English (1 hour and 30 minutes)
The Reading paper assesses the ability of the candidates to read and understand texts taken from a wide range of sources, including fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines. They are expected to understand the meaning of written English at word, phrase, sentence, paragraph and whole text level. It includes understanding of text content, organisation and structure. In the Use of English paper, candidates are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and control of the language system by completing various tasks at word, sentence and text level. These include gap-filling and word formation exercises, comprehension questions and a summary writing task.
Writing (1 hour and 30 minutes)
The Writing paper assesses the ability to write non-specialised texts types such as letters, articles, reports and reviews for a given purpose and target reader, covering a wide range of topics. The paper also includes questions on set texts. Responses are of 280–320 words in length.

Listening (approx. 40 minutes)
The Listening paper assesses the ability to listen to and understand texts taken from a variety of text types including interviews, discussions, lectures and conversations. It tests the ability to understand the meaning of spoken English, to extract information from a spoken text and to understand speakers’ attitudes and opinions.
Speaking (approx. 18 minutes)
The Speaking Test assesses the ability to interact in conversational English in a range of contexts. The paper contains three parts, which take the form of an interview section, a collaborative task and individual long turns with follow-up discussion. Candidates are provided with picture and written stimuli and they normally take the Speaking Test in pairs. In case a candidate doesn’t have a partner, they are to join another pair and take speaking part in a group of three or, alternatively, take it with another unpaired candidate.
Results and Grading[edit]

Each component carries 20% of the total marks. There are three pass grades (A, B and C) and certificates are awarded to candidates who achieve these grades. Candidates who achieve a grade D or E are judged not to have reached the required standard for CPE.
Exam scripts are sent to Cambridge ESOL for marking and grading and the results are sent back to the centres.
Once awarded, Cambridge ESOL CPE certificates are valid for life. Alternatively to the usual paper-based version of the exam, a computer-based form of examination is available since 2013. [1]
New version from 2013[edit]

From 2013, the exam switches to a new version consisting of the following four parts, each of which carries 20% of the total marks, except Reading & Use of English, that is 40% worth. [2]
Reading & Use of English (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Writing (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Listening (approx. 40 minutes)
Speaking (approx. 15 minutes)
Purpose[edit]

The CPE can be used by those who want to work or study abroad, or to develop a career which requires language skills (e.g., business, medicine, engineering & TESOL etc.). The CPE is recognised by many universities and employers throughout the world, and hence it serves as objective evidence of a person’s English skills.
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

In the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CPE is ranked at the C2 level. Like all the other Cambridge exams, once the candidate has passed the exam this qualification never expires. It is considered to be very valuable for professional purposes, since a large number of companies and employers use it as an indicator of the would-be employee’s English skills.

In the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CPE is ranked at the C2 level. Like all the other Cambridge exams, once the candidate has passed the exam this qualification never expires. It is considered to be very valuable for professional purposes, since a large number of companies and employers use it as an indicator of the would-be employee’s English skills.

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