The Certificate of Proficiency in English or CPE, is the most advanced English exam offered by the University of Cambridge ESOL. The level of those who pass this exam should be almost the equivalent of a native speaker.
This qualification is accepted by employers and universities all over the world, so is useful for those who want to study or work abroad and require a high level of English. Once obtained, this qualification never expires. According to the CEFR scale, it is graded at C2 level.
The exam consist of 5 parts:
Each of the 5 parts is worth 20% of the final mark.
The new form of the exam is coming out in 2013, and this will include the option of taking the exam on a computer (currently it can only be done on paper), and the exam will have 4 parts, each worth 25% of the total mark (Use of English is going to be dropped).
Over 2,700 centres in 130 countries offer the Cambridge University exams, at the Cambridge University exam centres.
Other academic and professional exams offered by Cambridge University are the FCE, the CAE and the IELTS.
University of Cambridge, ESOL examinations (official Cambridge website)
Test your English (to see which exam is the right level for you)
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