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Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

CPE is the most advanced Cambridge English exam. It is intended to show that you can use a very high level of English for professional and/or study purposes.

When and where can you take Proficiency?

Exam venues

We have exam centres in Barcelona, Mataró, Palma de Mallorca, Sabadell, Tarragona, Terrassa and Zaragoza.

At some of our centres, you will have the option of choosing the traditional paper-based exam or the computer-based (CB) test. The latter (which makes the writing paper so much easier to do!) may give you the possibility of dates on other months of the year.

Dates and enrolment

You can take Proficiency at least one of our centres approximately once every three months (usually March, May, June and November/December).

Price and payment

2020: 216€. You can pay either online (see Enrolment link, above) or in person at any of our centres. Contact us if you need assistance!


Note that oral exams can be from up to two weeks before the written exams until the following day, including Saturdays.

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Are you ready to take the CPE exam?

What level is CPE?

CPE corresponds to Level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) | More about the different levels

At C2 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • understand with ease virtually everything they hear and read
  • make accurate and complete notes during a presentation
  • understand colloquial asides
  • talk about complex and sensitive issues without awkwardness
  • express themselves precisely and fluently

If you are working towards acquiring those skills and your level of English currently permits you to do approximately those things, then CPE is probably the right exam for you.

Is CPE for you?

Can you...

  • use English to advise on, or talk about complex or sensitive issues?
  • understand the finer points of documents, correspondence and reports?

Your preparation for Proficiency will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

Are you ready?

The best way to find out if you're ready to take the exam is to come and do a full level test, including an oral test.

You can do this (free of charge, no commitment!) at any of our centers.

What you'll find on the exam

Paper 1

Reading and Use of English
1 hour 30 minutes

In the first part, your use of English is tested by tasks which show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary. In the second part, you need to demonstrate that you are able to understand texts from publications such as books, journals, newspapers and magazines and that you can understand their purpose and organisation and the opinions and attitudes expressed in the texts.

Paper 2

1 hour 30 minutes

In the the first part, which is obligatory, you have to write an essay summarising the key ideas contained in two texts of around 100 words. In the second part of the writing paper, you have a choice. You can write an article, letter, report or review. You can also chose to answer a question on one of the set texts.

Paper 3

40 minutes

You need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of spoken material, including lectures, radio broadcasts, speeches and talks.

Paper 4

16 minutes

You take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three, and you are tested on your ability to take part in different types of interaction.