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Cambridge English: Proficiency - Nivel C2 MCER

Cambridge English: Proficiency, también conocido como Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), es el examen más avanzado de Cambridge English, para estudiantes que han alcanzado un nivel extremadamente alto de competencia en lengua inglesa.

El examen del Cambridge English: Proficiency utiliza situaciones de la vida real especialmente diseñadas para ayudarte a comunicar de la manera más efectiva y aprender las herramientas del idioma necesarias para desenvolverse al más alto nivel tanto académico como profesional.

Competencias lingüísticas para la vida real.

Proficiency leaflet Cambridge English: Proficiency se sitúa en el Nivel C2 del Marco Común Europeo de Referencia (MCER). Prepararse para el Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) le proporcionará las competencias lingüísticas necesarias para:

  1. Negociar y persuadir de manera efectiva a nivel de alta dirección en entornos internacionales de negocios.

  2. Estudiar materias de contenidos exigentes a los más altos niveles, incluyendo postgrados y PhD programmes.

  3. Acredita su aprendizaje del inglés a un nivel excepcional.

  4. Extraer las ideas principales de textos complejos.

  5. Entender documentos, aconsejar o conversar sobre temas complicados o sensibles, entender giros coloquiales y afrontar con confianza preguntas hostiles.

  6. Escribir sobre cualquier tema y tomar apuntes extensos en reuniones o seminarios de forma cuidada y con buena expresión.

 

Fiable

Respaldados por el mayor programa de investigación en su campo los exámenes Cambridge English proporcionan el reflejo más fiable de sus habilidades lingüísticas.
 
Elección

Cambridge English: Proficiency está disponible a nivel internacional. Asimismo, al disponer de las opciones en papel (paper-based) y en ordenador (computer-based) puede escoger cuándo y cómo realizar el examen.
 
Equitativo

Los exámenes Cambridge English cubren todas las variedades importantes de la lengua inglesa y han sido diseñados de forma que resulten equitativos para usuarios de cualquier nacionalidad y origen idiomático.
 
Aceptados globalmente

Más de 3,000 empresas, universidades y escuelas, organismos gubernamentales y otras organizaciones de todo el mundo confían en Cambridge English: Proficiency. Es aceptado en todos aquellos ámbitos en los que se requiere un alto nivel de inglés.

Resultados rápidos

Puede obtener sus resultados en tan solo dos semanas con los exámenes en ordenador (Computer Based).

Una cualificación Cambridge English

Una vez obtenido su certificado Cambridge English, dispone de una de las más valiosas cualificaciones de inglés en el mundo.


¿Qué incluye Cambridge English: Proficiency?

Cambridge English: Proficiency es una evaluación en profundidad del idioma para aquellos que pretendan servirse del inglés en situaciones profesionales o académicas exigentes. Lo integran 5 partes: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening y Speaking. La prueba del Speaking es un examen cara a cara con dos candidatos y dos asesores a fin de valorar de forma más realista y fiable tus habilidades comunicativas en inglés.


  

Cambridge English: Proficiency is made up of four papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what is in each paper below.

PaperContentPurpose

Reading and Use of English
(1 hour 30 minutes) 
See sample paper

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

Writing 
(1 hour 30 minutes) 
See sample paper

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

Listening 
(about 40 minutes) 
See sample paper

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

Speaking 
(16 minutes per pair of candidates) 
See sample paper

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

 

What’s in the Reading and Use of English paper?

The Cambridge English: Proficiency Reading and Use of English paper has different types of text and questions. In one part, you may have to read one long text or three or more shorter, related texts. 

Summary 

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes
Number of parts: 7
Number of questions: 53 
Length of texts: About 3,000 words to read in total
Texts may be from: Books (fiction and non-fiction), non-specialist articles from newspapers, magazines and the internet.

Part 1 (Multiple-choice cloze) 

What's in Part 1? A single text with eight gaps. Candidates must choose one word or phrase from a set of four to fill each gap. 
What do I have to practise? Idioms, collocations, fixed phrases, complementation, phrasal verbs, semantic precision.
How many questions are there? 8
How many marks are there? 1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 2 (Open cloze)

What's in Part 2? A modified cloze test consisting of a text with eight gaps. Candidates think of the word which best fits each gap.
What do I have to practise? Awareness and control of grammar with some focus on vocabulary.
How many questions are there? 8
How many marks are there? 1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 3 (Word formation)

What's in Part 3? A text containing eight gaps. Each gap corresponds to a word. The stems of the missing words are given beside the text and must be changed to form the missing word. 
What do I have to practise? Vocabulary, in particular the use of affixation, internal changes and compounding in word formation.
How many questions are there?
How many marks are there? 1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 4 (Key word transformations)

What's in Part 4? Six discrete items with a lead-in sentence and a gapped response to complete in 3–8 words including a given ‘key’ word.
What do I have to practise? Grammar, vocabulary and collocation.
How many questions are there?
How many marks are there? Up to 2 marks for each correct answer.

Part 5 (Multiple choice)

What's in Part 5? A long text followed by some multiple-choice questions, each with four options (A, B, C or D). 
What do I have to practise? Identifying detail, opinion, attitude, tone, purpose, main idea, implication and how a text is organised.
How many questions are there?
How many marks are there? 2 marks for each correct answer.

Part 6 (Gapped text)

What's in Part 6? A text from which paragraphs have been removed and placed in jumbled order after the text. Candidates must decide from where in the text the paragraphs have been removed. 
What do I have to practise? Understanding of cohesion, coherence, text structure, global meaning.
How many questions are there?
How many marks are there? 2 marks for each correct answer.

Part 7 (Multiple matching)

What's in Part 7? A text, or several short texts, preceded by multiple-matching questions. Candidates must match a prompt to elements in the text. 
What do I have to practise? Understanding of detail, opinion, attitude and specific information.
How many questions are there? 10 
How many marks are there? 1 mark for each correct answer.

 

What’s in the Writing paper?

In the two parts of the Cambridge English: Proficiency Writing paper, you have to show that you can write different types of text in English.

Summary 

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes 
Number of parts: 2
Number of questions: Part 1: one compulsory question 
Part 2: one question from a choice of four

Set texts

Set texts for Cambridge English: Proficiency January 2016 – December 2017:

Candidates should not attempt the optional set text question in Part 2 unless they have the necessary understanding of the text to answer the task set.

Teachers are best placed to judge which, if any, of the set texts and/or film version may be appropriate and stimulating for a given teaching situation.


Part 1 

What's in Part 1? Some material to read (two texts, each approximately 100 words). Using the information in this material, you have to write an essay.
What do I have to practise? Writing a discursive essay in which you have to summarise and evaluate the key points contained in two texts of approximately 100 words each. Candidates must integrate a summary of these key points, an evaluation of the abstract arguments involved and their own ideas on the topic in a coherent essay.
How many questions are there? One compulsory question.
How much do I have to write? 240–280 words

Part 2

What's in Part 2? A choice of four questions (2–5). For Questions 2–4, you may have to write an article, a letter, a report or a review.
What about Question 5? If you read one of the set books and want to write about it, you may decide to try Question 5. You have a choice of two tasks, 5(a) or 5(b) for this question. You may have to write an article, essay, letter, report or a review.
What do I have to practise? Writing different types of text as specified above, based on a given context.
How many questions are there? One question from a choice of four.
How much do I have to write?  280–320 words

 

What’s in the Listening paper?

The Cambridge English: Proficiency Listening paper has four parts. For each part you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice.

Summary
Time allowed: About 40 minutes
Number of parts: 4
Number of questions: 30 

Part 1 (Multiple choice)

What's in Part 1? Four short, unrelated recordings lasting approximately 1 minute each. You have to listen to the recordings and answer two multiple-choice questions for each recording. Each question has three options (A, B or C).
What do I have to practise? Listening for gist, detail, function, purpose, topic, speaker, addressee, feeling, attitude, opinion, etc.
How many questions are there?
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.

Part 2 (Sentence completion)

What's in Part 2? A monologue or prompted monologue lasting 3–4 minutes. The questions are a series of incomplete sentences. You have to listen to the recording and identify the information you need (one to three words) to fill each gap.
What do I have to practise? Listening for specific information, stated opinion.
How many questions are there? 9
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.

Part 3 (Multiple choice)

What's in Part 3? A recording with interacting speakers lasting 3–4 minutes. You have to listen to the recording and answer a series of multiple-choice questions, each with four options (A, B, C or D).
What do I have to practise? Listening for opinion, gist, detail, inference.
How many questions are there? 5
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.

Part 4 (Multiple matching)

What's in Part 4? Five short, themed monologues, of approximately 35 seconds each. There are two multiple-matching tasks. Each multiple-matching task requires the selection of the five correct options from a list of eight. 
What do I have to practise? Gist, attitude, main points, interpreting context.
How many questions are there? 10 
How many marks are there? One mark for each correct answer.

 

What’s in the Speaking paper?

The Cambridge English: Proficiency Speaking test has three parts and you take it together with another candidate. There are two examiners. One of the examiners (the interlocutor) conducts the test and the other examiner (the assessor) listens to what you say and takes notes.

Summary

Time allowed: 16 minutes per pair of candidates
Number of parts: 3
You have to talk: with the examiner 
with the other candidate 
on your own

Part 1 (Interview)

What's in Part 1? Conversation between the interlocutor and each candidate. The examiner asks each of you a series of questions, addressing a question to each of you in turn, to give you an opportunity to talk about yourselves.
What do I have to practise? Giving information about yourself and expressing your opinion or speculating about various topics.
How long does Part 1 last? 2 minutes

Part 2 (Collaborative task)

What's in Part 2? The interlocutor gives you some spoken instructions and one or more pictures to look at. First, you have to answer a question which focuses on your reaction to aspects of one or more pictures (1 minute). The second part is a decision-making task which you have to do with the other candidate.
What do I have to practise? Sustaining an interaction: exchanging ideas, expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing, suggesting, speculating, evaluating, reaching a decision through negotiation, etc.
How long does Part 2 last? 4 minutes

Part 3 (Long turn and discussion)

What's in Part 3? The interlocutor gives you a card with a question and some ideas on it and you have to speak for about 2 minutes on your own. After you finish, your partner has to comment and the interlocutor then asks you both a question on the same topic. The interlocutor follows the same procedure with your partner and then leads a discussion with both of you.
What do I have to practise? Speaking on your own for a longer time, expressing and justifying opinions, developing topics.
How long does Part 3 last? 10 minutes (2-minute long turn for each candidate and then approximately 6 minutes for the discussion).

 


Preparación


 

Paper-based exam

Download sample papers for Cambridge English: Proficiency


Computer-based exam

You will need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample tests. You can download Firefox for free here. Once downloaded, open Firefox and use the links below to view the tests.

Watch this tutorial before you start to help you understand what you need to do.

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

Reading and Use of English sample test

Listening sample test

Writing sample test

Use the answer keys below:

Reading and Use of English answer key

Listening answer key

There is no answer key for the Writing Paper, but there are sample answers and examiner comments in therelevant pages of the Cambridge English: Proficiency Handbook.

 


Examiner's comments on a Speaking test

A document containing detailed comments on the student performances, seen in this video. It also includes information on the format of the Speaking test and how it is assessed.

Download examiner's comments


Writing checklist – Level C2 

Use this checklist to improve your written English and practice for your exam. 

Download the Level C2 writing checklist


Information for candidates

A guide to the exam, with an overview of what’s involved, advice on preparing for the exam, tips for exam day and useful links.

Download Cambridge English: Proficiency information for candidates


Summary regulations for candidates 

All the important information you need to know when taking the exam.

Download Summary regulations for candidates


Frequently asked questions and exam day tips

Cambridge English: Proficiency FAQs 

Exam day tips – paper-based exams

Exam day tips – computer-based exams

 
 
 
 
 

Resultados


Desde Enero 2015, los resultados de Cambridge English: Proficiency vienen reportados por la nueva  Cambridge English Scale.

 Recibirá una calificación independiente para cada una de las destrezas evaluadas (Reading, Use of English, Writing, Listening y Speaking). Estas puntuaciones se promedian para proporcionarle el resultado global de su examen. Recibirá el grado y el nivel correspondiente al Marco Común de Referencia Europeo. (MCER).

 Todo los candidatos reciben un Statement of Results y ,si el desempeño en en el examen es positivo, también un certificado.

 

Para Cambridge English: Profienciency las siguientes puntuaciones son utilizadas para reportar los resultados:


 

Cambridge English Scale ScoreGradeCEFR level
220–230 Grade A C2
213–219 Grade B C2

200–212

Grade C C2
180–199 Level C1 C1


 

El examen se sitúa en el nivel C2 del MCER. El examen también proporciona una evaluación del nivel inferior (C1).

 

Puntuaciones entre 162 y 179 también serán reportadas pero no recibirá un certificado de Cambridge English: Proficiency

 

 La relación entre los niveles del MCER, Cambridge English Scale y la puntuación alcanzada en el examen Cambridge English: Proficiency puede verla ilustrada abajo

Diagram of where Cambridge English: Proficiency is aligned on the CEFR and Cambridge English Scale

 

Statement of Results

Contiene la siguiente información:

  1. Puntuación en Cambridge English Scale para cada una de las destrezas evaluadas. ( Reading, Use of English,  Writing, Listening y Speaking)

  2.  Puntuación global en Cambridge English Scale para el conjunto del examen

  3.  Grado (A, B, C, Level C1 )del examen en su conjunto.

  4. Su nivel del MCER alcanzado en el examen en su conjunto.

 

Find out how to understand your Statement of Results (for exams taken in January 2015 and after)

Download a sample Statement of Results for Cambridge English: Proficiency

 

El certificado

Si el desempeño demostrado en el conjunto de las pruebas indica que ha acreditado como mínimo el nivel C1 del Marco Común Europeo de Referencia, recibirá uno de los siguientes certificados:

  1. Cambridge English: Proficiency - Nivel C2

    Si obtiene una calificación de A, B or C en su examen recibirá el diploma de Cambridge English: Proficiency  acreditando que ha demostrado unas competencias equivalentes al Nivel C2.

  2. Certificado de Nivel C1

    Cambridge English Language Assesment considreaque es importante que se reconozcan  resultados incluso si no se ha alcanzado en el examen el Nivel C2. Si su desempeño está por debajo del Nivel C2 pero dentro del Nivel C1 recibirá un certificado de Cambridge English acreditando que ha demostrado habilidades lingüísticas en este nivel.