C2 Proficiency

Preparation

Paper-based exam

Download sample papers for C2 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 the relevant pages of the C2 Proficiency Handbook.


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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.

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Writing checklist – Level C2 

Use this checklist to improve your written English and practise 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 C2 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

C2 Proficiency FAQs

Exam day tips – paper-based exams

Exam day tips – computer-based exams


Official Cambridge English preparation materials

You can find a wide range of official Cambridge English support materials from Cambridge Assessment English and Cambridge University Press. Support materials include coursebooks and practice tests and include materials in both print and digital formats.