CPE exam dates

Upcoming exam dates 2016:

At English Academy Plovdiv you can prepare for the following exam sessions:

Dates for Reading, Writing,

Use of English and Listening

Dates for Speaking within the period:

Deadline for regisration:

9 June 2016

20 May – 12 June

10 April 2016

1 December 2016

11 November – 4 December

14 october 2016

For alternative dates please check the British Council website

Exam preparation:

English Academy provides CPE preparation courses 3 times a year. Please check CPE preparation course for more information.

How to register for CPE:

You can register for the CPE exam at English Academy. Please bring with you your ID card/passport and a proof of a bank transfer. If you are unable to come you can send a person with your notarised written agreement and with a copy of your ID card/passport to register you.

The fee for the test for 2016 is 380 BGN for the paper based exam. Fees must be paid by bank transfer to British Council bank account:
CITIBANK, 2 Maria Luiza Blvd, Sofia.
IBAN Leva account:BG77 CITI 9250 1051 0015 01

Why take CPE?

CPE is for learners who have achieved a high level of language skills and are able to function effectively in almost any English-speaking context. Successful candidates at this level are approaching a standard of English similar to that of an educated native speaker.The exam also requires an appropriate level of educational and personal maturity.Every year over 45,000 people take the CPE exam in more than 80 countries

CPE is proof of exceptional English ability and an invaluable qualification for anyone who wants to work or study abroad, or to develop a career which requires language skills, including business, medicine, engineering and many other professions. CPE certificates are recognised by institutions of higher education in many countries -including almost all universities in the United Kingdom and a rapidly growing number in the USA. Employers throughout the world also recognise CPE.

Introduced in 1913, Cambridge English: Proficiency was the world’s first public English examination designed for speakers of other languages at this level.

Your certificate is proof of your ability to use English with fluency and sophistication at a level approaching that of a native speaker. It shows that you have mastered English to an exceptional level.

Exam recognition

You can search the recognition database for up-to-date lists of organisations which officially accept or use Cambridge English exams here.

Exam information:

The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) is the highest level of the Cambridge exams in English for Speakers of Other Languages(ESOL). It is a very advanced level exam, set at Level C2 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for modern languages.

If you are not sure which exam is right for you, you can test your English at English Academy during one of our registration periods. Our test will give you an idea of your English level and tell you which Cambridge ESOL exam might be the most appropriate for you.

The Cambridge exams cover the four language skills - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. They include a range of tasks which assess your ability to use English. The Cambridge exams assess your ability to communicate effectively and accurately in English in a wide range of situations for almost any purpose.

It consists of five papers: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking.

Paper

Content

Marks
(% of total)

Purpose

Reading
(1 hour 30 minutes)

4 parts/40 questions

20%

Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and manuals.

Writing
(2 hours )

2 parts

20%

Requires you to be able to write a variety of items, such as essays, proposals, reports and reviews.

Use of English
(1 hour 30 minutes)

5 parts/44 questions

20%

Tests your ability to use the right words, tenses and idioms in the right situation, at the right time.

Listening
(about 40 minutes)

4 parts/28 questions

20%

Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as lectures, speeches and interviews.

Speaking
(19 minutes per pair of candidates)

3 parts

20%

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations.

Results:

Results are issued approximately two months after the date of the written exams. Certificates are sent to successful candidates approximately one month after results are issued. All candidates who register at English Аcademy will receive their certificates from us. You can access your results through the Cambridge ESOL Results Online website. Results Online access details are provided by exam centres.

Your score is based on your total score in all five papers and is shown as a percentage between 0 and 100.

Your grade depends on the score you achieve:

Grade

Score

CEFR level

A

80–100

C2

B

75–79

C2

C

60–74

C2

CEFR Level B2

45–59

C1*

*EXTENDED CERTIFICATION
From March 2011 Cambridge ESOL has introduced Extended Certification aimed at giving many candidates additional credit for the language skills they have demonstrated in a Cambridge ESOL examination.

  • Certificate of Proficiency in English – Level C2 - If you achieve grade A, B or C in your exam, you will receive the Certificate of Proficiency in English at Level C2.
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English – Level C1 - If your performance is below Level C2, but falls within Level C1, we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at C1 level.

For further information about Cambridge Exams visit Cambridge ESOL website.