New Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) as of March 2013: specifications and handbook for teachers are now available!11.06.2012
Exam content and processing
The updated exam is comprised of four papers: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
It is shorter than the previous examination by approximately 2 hours. Each of the four papers carries 25% of the total marks. The overall focus of each paper is as follows.
- Reading and Use of English: 1 hour 30 minutes
Candidates need to be able to understand texts from publications such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines.
- Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes
Candidates have to show that they can produce two different pieces of writing: a compulsory one in Part 1, and one from a choice of five in Part 2.
- Listening: 40 minutes
Candidates need to show they can understand the meaning of a range of spoken material, including conversations, lectures, seminars, broadcasts and talks.
- Speaking: 16 minutes
Candidates take the Speaking Test with another candidate or in a group of three, and are tested on their ability to take part in different types of interaction: with the examiner, with the other candidate and by themselves.
To see the new specifications for the exam, sample papers and sample listening materials, follow the links below:
New test specifications and sample papers
Listening test sample materials (MP3 38.29Mb)
CPE handbook for teachers
Source: Cambridge ESOL UK