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C2 Proficiency

Information for candidates

The Information for Candidates booklet is packed with study tips, exam advice and frequently asked questions. A great way to help your learners feel fully prepared for their exam.

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C2 Proficiency, formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE), is one of our Cambridge English Qualifications. It is our highest-level qualification – proof that you are a highly competent speaker of English.

A 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.

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.

Exam Format

C2 Proficiency is made up of four papers developed to test your English skills. Click to find sample papers. For preparation guidance, click here.

Paper 1: Reading and Use of English


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

Paper 2: Writing


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

Paper 3: Listening


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

Paper 4: Speaking


Shows how good your spoken English is as you take part in conversation by asking/answering questions and discussing topics. Your Speaking test will be face to face with one or two other candidates and two examiners. One of the examiners talks to you and the other examiner listens. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.

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