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    Handbook for teachersfor exams from 2016

    Cambridge English

    Proficiency

  • Exam content and overview

    Paper/timing Test content Test focus

    READING AND USE OF ENGLISH1 hr 30 mins

    Part 1 Gapped text with eight multiple-choice cloze questions. Assessment of candidates ability to understand the meaning of written English at word, phrase, sentence, paragraph and whole-text level, and demonstrate knowledge and control of the languagesystem.

    Part 2 Modified open cloze with eight questions.

    Part 3 One short text with eight word-formation questions.

    Part 4 Six key word transformations.

    Part 5 Long text with six 4-option multiple-choice questions.

    Part 6 Gapped text with seven questions.

    Part 7 One long text or several short texts with 10 multiple-matching questions.

    WRITING1 hr 30 mins

    Part 1 One compulsory question. Assessment of candidates ability to write specified text types with a range offunctions.Part 2 Candidates answer one question from a

    choice of five (including the set text option).

    LISTENINGApprox. 40 mins

    Part 1 Three short extracts with two 3-option multiple-choice questions on each.

    Assessment of candidates ability to understand the meaning of spoken English, to extract information from a text and to understand speakers attitudes andopinions.

    Part 2 One long text with nine sentence-completion questions.

    Part 3 One long text with five 4-option multiple- choice questions.

    Part 4 Five short themed monologues with 10 multiple-matching questions.

    SPEAKING16 mins

    Part 1 Interview. Assessment of candidates ability to produce spoken English using a range of functions in a variety oftasks.Part 2 Collaborative task.

    Part 3 Individual long turns and follow-up discussion.

  • 1CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH: PROFICIENCY HANDBOOK FOR TEACHERS

    CONTENTS

    About Cambridge English Language Assessment 2The worlds most valuable range of English qualifications 2Key features of Cambridge English exams 2Proven quality 3

    Cambridge English: Proficiency an overview 3Exam formats 3Who is the exam for? 3Who recognises the exam? 3What level is the exam? 3

    About the exam 4A thorough test of all areas of language ability 4Marks and results 5

    Exam support 6Support for teachers 6Support for candidates 6

    Reading and Use of English 7General description 7Structure and tasks 7The seven parts of the Readingand Use of English paper 8Preparation 10Sample paper 13Answer key 19Candidate answer sheet 19

    Writing 21General description 21Structure and tasks 21The two parts of the Writing paper 22Preparation 23Sample paper 25Assessment of Writing 26Sample scripts and examiner comments 30

    Listening 39General description 39Structure and tasks 39The four parts of the Listeningpaper 40Preparation 41Sample paper 42Answer key 49Candidate answer sheet 50

    Speaking 51General description 51Structure and tasks 51The three parts of the Speaking test 52Preparation 53Sample paper 54Assessment of Speaking 57

    Cambridge English: Proficiency glossary 62

    Preface

    This handbook is for teachers who are preparing candidates for Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). The introduction gives an overview of the exam and its place within Cambridge English Language Assessment. This is followed by a focus on each paper and includes content, advice on preparation and example papers.

    If you need further copies of this handbook, please email [email protected]

    Contents

    mailto:[email protected]

  • 2 CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH: PROFICIENCY HANDBOOK FOR TEACHERS

    ABOUT CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT

    About Cambridge English Language Assessment

    Cambridge English: Proficiency is developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge.

    We are one of three major exam boards which form the Cambridge Assessment Group (Cambridge Assessment). More than 8 million Cambridge Assessment exams are taken in over 170 countries around the world every year.

    The worlds most valuable range of English qualificationsCambridge English Language Assessment offers the worlds leading range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English. Over 5 million Cambridge English exams are taken each year in more than 130 countries.

    We offer assessments across the full spectrum of language ability for general communication, for professional and academic purposes, and also for specific business English qualifications. All of our exams are aligned to the principles and approach of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages(CEFR).

    To find out more about Cambridge English exams and the CEFR, go to www.cambridgeenglish.org/cefr

    Cambridge EnglishA range of exams to meet dierent needs

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    Key features of Cambridge English examsCambridge English exams:

    are based on realistic tasks and situations so that preparing for their exam gives learners real-life language skills

    accurately and consistently test all four language skills reading, writing, listening and speaking

    encourage positive learning experiences, and seek to achieve a positive impact on teaching wherever possible

    are as fair as possible to all candidates, whatever their national, ethnic and linguistic background, gender or disability.

    Cambridge International ExaminationsPrepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning

    Cambridge Assessment: the trading name for the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES)

    Cambridge English Language Assessment Provider of the worlds most valuable range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English

    OCR: Oxford Cambridge and RSA ExaminationsOne of the UKs leading providers of qualifications

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    One of the oldest universities in the world and one of the largest in the United Kingdom

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  • 3CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH: PROFICIENCY HANDBOOK FOR TEACHERS

    CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH: PROFICIENCY AN OVERVIEW

    Proven qualityOur commitment to providing exams of the highest possible quality is underpinned by an extensive programme of research and evaluation. Question papers are produced and pretested using rigorous procedures to ensure accuracy and fairness, and the marking and grading of our exams is continuously monitored for consistency. More details can be found in our publication Principles of Good Practice, which can be downloaded free from www.cambridgeenglish.org/principles

    Cambridge English: Proficiency an overview

    Cambridge English: Proficiency was originally introduced in 1913 and is a high-level qualification that is officially recognised by universities, employers and governments around the world. It proves that a candidate has an extremely high level of English for use in academic or professional settings.

    Exam formatsCambridge English: Proficiency can be taken as either a paper-based or a computer-based exam.

    Who is the exam for?Cambridge English: Proficiency is aimed at learners who have achieved an extremely high level of skill in the English language, who want to show they can:

    study demanding subjects at the highest levels, including postgraduate and PhD programmes

    actively engage in academic life by participating confidently in tutorials and seminars

    lead on complex and challenging research projects negotiate and persuade effectively at senior management level in

    international business settings.

    Who recognises the exam? Cambridge English: Proficiency is a truly international exam,

    recognised by thousands of employers globally as a qualification demonstrating an exceptional level of English. Cambridge English exams are recognised by 20,000 institutions and employers.

    It is also accepted by a wide range of educational institutions for study purposes.

    The UKs Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) now allows students applying to UK universities to gain UCAS Tariff points by achieving certain grades in Cambridge English: Proficiency. For more information visit www.cambridgeenglish.org/ucas-points

    The exam is regulated by Ofqual, the statutory regulatory authority for external qualifications in England and its counterparts in Wales and Northern Ireland.

    For more information about recogni