CPE course - ONE ENGLISH

CPE course

“Cambridge English: Proficiency” is also abbreviated as CPE and is the highest Cambridge examination. To pass this exam, you need C2 skills, the highest level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. With the Proficiency Certificate, you prove to have language skills at the highest level and can communicate flexibly and with very few mistakes. You are able to understand and create texts of the highest complexity and can therefore use all elements of English with style and appropriacy to the situation at hand.

The ONE ENGLISH CPE course is ideal for those who already have an advanced level and are enthusiastic about English. ONE ENGLISH prepares you for the exam and helps you to reach the language level of an educated native speaker.



CPE course details

The course goal of our CPE course is C2/ Proficient  level.

The required skill level for entry high is C1 level.

If you’re not familiar with these abbreviations, click here to read our pdf English levels explained.

If you’re not sure about your English level, you should take our ONE ENGLISH placement test, send it to us via email and we will correct it and give you feedback about your current level.

Our course is divided into two different parts:

The first part of the course (week 1 – week 14): we focus on the structure of the exam, writing skills, speaking skills, grammatical structures, vocabulary and getting to know the exam strategies.

Halfway through the course (week 15 and 16): we organise a mid-course mock test and progress meeting with your teacher to discuss how realistic it is to take the exam successfully when the course ends. 

The second part of the course (week 17-week 30): we focus on grammatical structures, vocabulary, time management and perfecting exam strategies. Additionally, we work a great deal with exam papers and hold mock Speaking tests in class to ensure our students are fully prepared for the upcoming exam.

The CPE course lasts approx. 2hrs x 30 weeks.

Students should have a minimum level of C1 to participate in the CPE course. The course is suitable for:

  • people passionate about English
  • career development
  • non-natives interested in becoming an English teacher

Steingraben 16, CH-4051 Basel

Course fee starting at…

  • What is included in this price?
    • Course book, Practise test book, Mock test including the speaking test, conversation class, individual mid-course progress, Consulting on all the different exam opportunities
  • What is not included in this price?
    • Exam fees

Upcoming course dates

Time slot: Monday 16:00-18:00

Start date: 17th May 2021

Vacation:  two weeks in the summer

Mid-course mock test: 6th September 2021

Mid-course progress meeting: 13th September 2021

End date: 20th December 2021

For more information on the upcoming CPE course check out our course overview pdf.

Time slot: Thursday 18:00 – 20:00

Start date:11th November  2021

Vacation: two weeks at Christmas

Mid-course mock test: 3rd March 2022

Mid-course progress meeting: 10th March 2022

End date: 23rd June 2022

For more information on the upcoming CPE course check out our course overview pdf.

One English Basel

The five parts of the exam

Duration: “Reading” and “Use of English” are examined together in one examination section. Candidates are given a total of 90 minutes to complete both parts.

Maximum test score Reading: 44 test score corresponds to 230 Cambridge English Scale score

Theoretical minimum score to pass the exam: 28 test score, equivalent to 200 Cambridge English Scale score

All examination parts are graded equally , missing points in one examination part can be partially compensated.

Duration: “Reading” and “Use of English” are examined together in one examination section. Candidates are given a total of 90 minutes to complete both parts.

Maximum test score Use of English: 28 test score corresponds to 230 Cambridge English Scale score

Theoretical minimum score to pass the exam: 17 test score, equivalent to 200 Cambridge English Scale score

All examination parts are graded equally, missing points in one examination part can be partially compensated.

Duration: 40 minutes

Maximum test score Listening: 30 test score corresponds to 230 Cambridge English Scale score

Theoretical minimum score to pass the exam: 18 test score, equivalent to 200 Cambridge English Scale score

All examination parts are graded equally , missing points in one examination part can be partially compensated.

Duration: 90 minutes

Maximum test score Writing: 40 test score corresponds to 230 Cambridge English Scale score

Theoretical minimum score to pass the exam: 24 test score, equivalent to 200 Cambridge English Scale score

All examination parts are graded equally, missing points in one examination part can be partially compensated.

Duration: 16 minutes

Maximum test score Speaking: 75 test score corresponds to 230 Cambridge English Scale score

Theoretical minimum score to pass the exam: 45 test score, equivalent to 200 Cambridge English Scale score

All examination parts are graded equally, missing points in one examination part can be partially compensated.

More information about the exam

To pass the CPE, students need a minimum of 200 out of 230 Cambridge English Scale score.

  • Pass with grade A (220–230 Cambridge English scale score)
  • Pass with grade B (213–219 Cambridge English scale score)
  • Pass with grade C (200–212 Cambridge English scale score)
  • Level C1 failed (180–199 Cambridge English scale score)

Fortunately, the CPE certificate has no expiry date.

We do not hold any exams at ONE ENGLISH, these are held by external organisations which also issue the certificates.

Students can register for their exams via the following link:

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/find-a-centre/find-an-exam-centre/

Once you have selected the country, you must choose between paper and computer-based testing. A list of examination centres will then be displayed. Once you are on the website of your preferred examination centre, you will find specific dates and locations.

It’s a matter of taste. If you feel more comfortable with a conventional exam, then the paper-based exam will be more suitable for you. However, if you are more comfortable at the computer, then computer-based testing is the best option.

On average, you will have to wait two weeks longer for the results of the paper-based exam.

The structure of the computer-based exam is slightly different. You can view a sample exam here:

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/proficiency/preparation/

As places are limited, we recommend that you register at least three months in advance. Midway
through your course, we will advise you individually on the best strategy for taking the exam and we will remind you to register.

Further information about CPE:

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/proficiency/