C2 Proficiency (CPE)

The C2 Proficiency (CPE)

A C2 Proficiency (CPE) certificate is Cambridge´s highest-level qualification. With this certificate you can show the world that you have mastered English at an exceptional level and that 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 is needed to study or work in a very senior professional or academic environment, for example on a postgraduate or PhD programme.

The C2 Proficiency (CPE) certificate shows that you can:

  • study demanding subjects at the highest level, including postgraduate and PhD programmes
  • negotiate and persuade effectively at a senior management level in international business settings
  • understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing
  • talk about complex or sensitive issues, and deal confidently with difficult questions

Worldwide recognition

Being the highest achievable proof of language competence, the C2 Proficiency (CPE) is accepted by thousands of employers, governments, professional bodies, and universities globally.

International top-employers like Coca-Cola, IBM, Nestlé, Nokia, Procter&Gamble and Sony all hire employees with a C2 Proficiency (CPE) certificate.

The Exam Format

Cambridge exams are designed to ensure standardised test conditions for people of all linguistic backgrounds and nationalities and are supported by a dedicated global research programme.

The exam covers all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 

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

Check your answers (see PDF) as you do the test – once the test has finished you will not be able to check them anymore.

Sample Test - Answer Key

You may need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample tests. 

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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

Sample Test - Writing Checklist

You may need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample tests. 

There is no answer key for the Writing Paper, but you should take a look at the Writing Checklist.

Duration: 40 minutes

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

Check your answers (see PDF) as you do the test – once the test has finished you will not be able to check them anymore.

Sample Test - Answer Key

You may need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample tests. 

Duration: 16 minutes

Target: Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.

Preparation

Are you interested in a proper preparation for the exam? Simply give us a call or fill out the contact form to make a free appointment for a detailed consultation. You can do a full course to increase your language level or just a few hours to prepare for the exam. Together we will find out your right level and can start planning your course immediately!

  Contact

Most exams at The Cambridge Institute are computer-based, which means that you can take the Reading and Use of English, Writing and Listening conveniently on the computer.

To be prepared on the exam day, please be so kind as to familiarise yourself with the following video tutorial as well as the computer-based sample tests:

Video Tutorial

Registration

Here you can book your Cambridge English exam in Vienna.

Please note that you will need a valid ID document to complete your booking. You will get all payment details to pay the exam fee (via bank transfer) at the end of this booking process.

  Registration

Dates

Title Date (Written + Oral) Registration Deadline Price Results release window
CPE CB Sat 09.07.2022 Sat 18.06.2022 €266,00 22.07.2022 to 28.07.2022
CPE CB Sat 12.11.2022 Sat 22.10.2022 €270,00 25.11.2022 to 01.12.2022
CPE CB Sat 25.02.2023 Sat 04.02.2023 €270,00 10.03.2023 to 17.03.2023
CPE CB Fri 19.05.2023 Fri 28.04.2023 €270,00 02.06.2023 to 09.06.2023
CPE PB - paper based! Fri 09.06.2023 Fri 28.04.2023 €270,00 07.07.2023 to 20.07.2023
CPE CB Thu 22.06.2023 Thu 01.06.2023 €270,00 06.07.2023 to 13.07.2023
CPE CB Sat 08.07.2023 Sat 17.06.2023 €270,00 21.07.2023 to 28.07.2023
CPE CB Sat 18.11.2023 Sat 28.10.2023 €270,00 01.12.2023 to 08.12.2023