|Cambridge Assessment English: C2 Proficiency|
|Real-life language skills|
|C2 Proficiency is set at Level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Preparing for C2 Proficiency will give you the practical English skills to:|
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|Reading and Use of English: 1 hour 30 minutes|
The C2 Proficiency Reading and Use of English paper accounts for 40% of the total mark and 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. The texts may be from books (fiction and non-fiction), non-specialist articles from newspapers, magazines and the internet.
The Reading and Use of English exam has 7 parts:
|Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes|
The C2 Proficiency Writing paper has two parts. You have to show that you can write a variety of text types, such as essays, proposals, reports and reviews. Part 1 has one compulsory question and in part 2 candidates answer one question from a choice of four. In part 1 there are some material to read (two texts, each approximately 100 words). Using the information in this material, you have to write a discursive essay in which you have to summarise and evaluate the key points contained in two texts. 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. In part 2 there is a choice of four questions (2–5). For Questions 2–4, you may have to write an article, a letter, a proposal, a report or a review. If you have 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. This paper accounts for 20% of the total mark.
Writing checklist – Level C2
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|Listening: about 40 minutes (+ 5 minutes transfer time)|
The C2 Proficiency Listening paper has four parts and 30 questions. For each part you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice. Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as lectures, speeches and interviews.
Variety of accents:
Recordings will contain a variety of accents corresponding to standard variants of native-speaker accent, and to non-native accents that approximate to the norms of native-speaker accents.
Texts vary in terms of length and interaction. Text types used include: interviews, discussions, conversations, talks, speeches, lectures, documentaries, instructions.
A variety of task types are used. These reflect the different reasons for, and focuses of, listening: understanding opinion, attitude, gist, detail, main idea, speaker's purpose; gathering information about the speaker, the person being spoken to, the place or situation; inferring meaning, agreement and opinion.
|Speaking: 16 minutes per pair of candidates|
The C2 Proficiency Speaking contains 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.
Part 1 is a 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.
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.
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. The Speaking test accounts for 20% of the total mark.
For C2 Proficiency, the following scores will be used to report results:|
The exam is targeted at Level C2 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level below (Level C1).
Scores between 162 and 179 are also reported for C2 Proficiency. You will not receive a certificate, but your Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on your Statement of Results.
Please click on the image to the left of this text to find out the relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in C2 Proficiency.
|C2 Proficiency - Level C2|
If you achieve grade A, B or C in your exam, you will be awarded the C2 Proficiency certificate at Level C2.
|Level C1 Proficiency|
If your performance is below Level C2, but falls within Level C1, we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at C1 level.
1.- Your ID Number (a sequence of nine letters and numbers).
2.- Your Secret Number (a four-digit number).
Both of these pieces of information can be found on your Confirmation of Entry, which you receive when you register for the exam.
They can then verify your result by logging in to www.cambridgeenglish.org/verifiers
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