Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) is a high-level qualification, requiring proficient competence in all the language skills, set at level C2 which is the highest level of the Council of Europe's Common Framework of Reference for Languages.
Typical users at C2 level can be expected to:
understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the finer points of complex texts
write letters on any subject and full notes of meetings or seminars with good expression and accuracy
advise on or talk about complex or sensitive issues, understanding colloquial references and dealing confidently with hostile questions
Who takes Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)?
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) is the highest level Cambridge English Exam in Switzerland. Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) is used as entry or school-leaving exam at higher educational levels (Gymnasium, higher education such as Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences, Pädagogische Hochschulen, etc.). Successful candidates can study demanding subjects at the highest levels, including post-graduate and PhD programmes. Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) is also used in the corporate sector. Due to its level of difficulty, successful candidates clearly differentiate themselves in the workforce in regard to English language competency. Holding a Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) qualification is an exceptional achievement for non-native speakers of English.
How is Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) recognised?
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) is recognised as an entry or school-leaving qualification at various educational levels (e.g. KV M-Profile, Gymnasium, institutions of higher education, etc.) in Switzerland and internationally. Because Cambridge English: Proficiency is the highest level Cambridge English Exam, it will fulfil any work or study-based requirement in regard to English language competence.
Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations.
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Flexible Test Options
The Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) exam can be taken as a standard test (paper-based / PB) or as a computer-based (CB) exam. The exam content is exactly the same, it is just the delivery mode (paper-based / computer based) which is different. The exam dates and locations vary for PB and CB exams.
“Road to SEK II – Teen Future” was developed to give students in secondary schools across Switzerland the opportunity to obtain a Cambridge Certificate, even if the school does not prepare students for Cambridge Exams.
In 2009 Swiss Exams opened the first permanent Cambridge Exams CB lab in Winterthur, to be followed by Chur in 2010, Zurich and Basel in 2012. In 2013 and 2014 the first two mobile CB labs were put into operation for Lucerne and Bern.