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CPE - Certificate of Proficiency in English

Below you will find materials to help you prepare your students for the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English examination. These materials are suitable for the revised 2013 exam.

Paper One - Reading and Use of English

The major change in the 2013 examination is that the Reading and Use of English papers have been combined into one, with the result that the overall duration of the exam is about two hours shorter.

Part One - Multiple Choice Cloze

The first part of the Reading and Use of English paper in the CPE Proficiency Examination is multiple choice cloze where students have to choose the correct word from four similar given words.

Part Two - Open Cloze

The second part of the Reading and Use of English paper in the CPE Proficiency Examination is open cloze, in which students use one word to fill each space in a short text. The required words are usually grammatical, such as pronouns, articles, prepositions, auxiliary verbs and so on.

Part Three - Word Formation

The third part of the Reading and Use of English paper in the CPE Proficiency Examination is word formation where students use a root such as 'able' and create an appropriate word (disable, unable, ability) to fill the gap in a text.

Part Four - Key Word Transformations

The fourth part of the Reading and Use of English paper in the CPE Proficiency Examination is Key Word Transformations. A sentence followed by a key word and a second sentence which has a gap in it. A student has to use the key word to complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence.

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Part Five - Reading: Multiple Choice

The first of the reading parts in the Reading and Use of English paper in the Proficiency exam is the multiple choice reading comprehension section. A text is followed by 4-option multiple choice questions.

Part Six - Reading: Gapped Text / Paragraph Gap Fill

In this part of the Reading and Use of English paper, known as 'Gapped Text' or 'Paragraph Gap Fill', students must put back paragraphs that have been removed from a text. This section of the Proficiency exam will test a student's understanding of coherence, cohesion, text structure and global meaning.

Part Seven - Reading: Multiple Matching

The final part of the Proficiency Reading and Use of English paper is Multiple Matching. A student must match questions or prompts to parts of a single text or individual smaller texts that follow. This tests their ability to understand specific detail and author attitude and opinion.

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