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C2 Proficiency

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.

Key facts

CEFR level: C2 What's this?

Scale score: 200–230 What’s this?

Test format: Computer or paper-based

No. of papers: 4

Exam length: About 4 hours

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A C2 Proficiency qualification shows that you can:
  • study demanding subjects at the highest level, including postgraduate and PhD programmes
  • negotiate and persuade effectively at 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.
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Reasons to choose C2 Proficiency:
  • This is our highest-level exam. Passing it proves that you have mastered English to an exceptional level.
  • Helps you to develop the English skills needed to succeed in very high level academic or professional environments.