Who is the C2 Proficiency exam for and why should I take it?
What is the format of the C2 Proficiency exam?
READING AND USE OF ENGLISH: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
WRITING: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
LISTENING: 40 MINUTES, APPROX.
SPEAKING: 16 MINUTES
Reading & Use of English carries 40% and the rest of the tests each carry 20% of the total mark.
Candidates can access their results through the Cambridge English Results website. For paper-based exams, these will be available after 4 to 6 weeks. For computer-based exams, they will be available after 2 to 3 weeks.
From 2015, results will be reported on the new Cambridge English Scale (replacing the candidate profile and standardised scores). You will receive a separate score for each of the five skills (reading, use of English, writing, listening and speaking). These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam.
There are three Pass grades:
- A (score between 220 and 230)
- B (score between 213 and 219)
- C (score between 199 and 212)
Two Fail grades:
- Council of Europe Level C1 (180–199)
- Not Reported (179 and below)
- There is no minimum pass mark for individual papers.
The grade is based on the total score of all 5 papers.
Certificates are awarded to candidates who score 180 and above and are despatched approximately 10 days after the results release window has ended. For further information, please visit the Cambridge Assessment English website.