Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE)

C2 Proficiency (CPE)

C2 Proficiency (CPE) is the highest Cambridge English qualification and shows that you have mastered English and can use it fluently in demanding research, academic and professional situations.

Course Details:

A Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency qualification shows the world that you have mastered English to an exceptional level. It proves you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker.

The exam tests all four English language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Preparing for and passing the exam means you have the level of English that’s needed to study or work in a very senior professional or academic environment, for example on a postgraduate or PhD programme.


 150 hours

You should take the Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency exam 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.

There are four parts to the C2 Proficiency exam. You will complete papers Reading and 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.

Reading and Use of English
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 40%
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 20%
  • 40 minutes
  • 20%
  • 16 minutes per pair of candidates
  • 20%

What you will learn:

  • reach the level needed for the Cambridge English exam: C2 Proficiency (CPE).
  • improve your ability and confidence when using spoken and written English in a wide variety of situations.
  • prepare thoroughly for the Cambridge English exam: C2 Proficiency (CPE).
  • develop essential exam techniques.

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