CPE Format and Content

The following table presents the format and content of the CPE with the changes effective as of the May 2013 administration.

Section Time Description # of items
Reading and Use of English 1 hour 30 minutes Part 1
(Use of English component; mainly lexical)

One short gapped text with eight multiple-choice questions. Candidates must choose one word or phrase from a set of four to fill each gap.
8 questions
Part 2
(Use of English component; mainly grammatical)

One modified open cloze of a text with eight gaps. Candidates have to identify the right single word which best fits each gap.
8 questions
Part 3
(Use of English component; affixation)

One short text with eight gaps, each of which corresponds to a word. The stems of the missing words are given beside the text and candidates have to change them to form the missing words.
8 questions
Part 4 (Use of English component)
Six discrete items with a ‘lead-in’ sentence followed by a key word and a response sentence with a gap.  Using the key word, candidates have to complete the response sentence in 3–8 words so that it means the same as the ‘lead-in’ sentence.
6 questions
Part 5 (Reading component)
One long text (700-750 words) with six four-option multiple-choice comprehension questions.
6 questions
Part 6 (Reading component)
One gapped text from which paragraphs have been removed and placed in jumbled order after the text. Candidates must decide from where in the text the paragraphs have been removed.
7 questions
Part 7 (Reading component)
One long text (or several short texts) followed by multiple-matching questions. Candidates must match a prompt to elements in the text.
10 questions
Writing 1 hour 30 minutes Question 1
Candidates are required to write an essay summarizing and evaluating the key ideas contained in two texts of approximately 100 words each.
1 task (240-280 words)
Questions 2-5
Candidates choose one of five contextualized writing tasks, each specified in no more than 70 words.
For questions 2-4, candidates may have to write an article, letter, report or review. For question 5, candidates may have to write an article, essay, letter, report or review, based on reading one from a prescribed list of two books.
1 task (280-320 words)
Listening about 40 minutes Part 1
Three short, unrelated recordings lasting approximately 1 minute each, consisting of either monologues or exchanges between interacting speakers. Candidates have to listen to the recordings and answer two multiple-choice questions for each recording. Each question has three options (A, B or C).
6 questions
Part 2
A monologue lasting 3–4 minutes. The questions are a series of incomplete sentences. Candidates have to listen to the recording and identify the information needed (single words or noun groups) to fill each gap.
9 questions
Part 3
A recording involving interacting speakers lasting 3–4 minutes. Candidates have to listen to the recording and answer a series of multiple-choice questions, each with four options.
5 questions
Part 4
Five short themed monologues, of approximately 35 seconds each. There are two multiple-matching tasks, each requiring selection of the five correct options from a list of eight. 
10 questions
Speaking 16 minutes per pair of candidates Part 1
A conversation between the interlocutor and each candidate (spoken questions).
3 parts
Part 2
A two-way conversation between the candidates. The candidates are given instructions with written and visual stimuli, which are used in a decision-making task.
Part 3
An individual “long turn” from each candidate followed by a discussion on topics related to the long turns. Each candidate in turn is given a written question to respond to. The interlocutor leads a discussion to explore further the topics of the long turns.
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