Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)

The Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) is an advanced academic English as a foreign language (EFL) examination. It focuses on Level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). ECPE exam is recognized in several countries as official proof of advanced proficiency in the English language and can be used for academic and professional purposes.



ECPE Exam





ECPE exam
Who is it for?
As a more advanced exam, the ECPE emphasizes both fluency (the ability to use English to express ideas) as well as accuracy (the strict adherence to grammatical rules). It is primarily targeted at students pursuing English-language higher education and working professionals who are interested in certifying their English proficiency to improve their job prospects.
ECPE exam
Why should you take the ECPE exam?
The ECPE offers a unique advantage to test takers. Unlike many other ESL exams which use the conventions of British English, the ECPE exam is one of the only prominent ESL to use the spelling, grammar, and pronunciation conventions of American English. At the same time, its results are calibrated to certify a C2 (Mastery) level of the Common European Framework of Reference, making the ECPE roughly equivalent to the Cambridge Proficiency of English (CPE).

Test Format


Section Time Description Number of Items
Writing 30 minutes Test takers write an essay based upon one of two topic choices. 1 task
Grammar
Cloze
Vocabulary
Reading
75 minutes Grammar (multiple choice)
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.
40
Cloze (multiple choice)
Two passages with 10 deletions each are followed by choices of words and phrases to complete the text. Test takers must choose the option that best fills each blank in terms of grammar and meaning.
20
Vocabulary (multiple choice)
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words to complete it. Only one word has the correct meaning in that context.
40
Reading (multiple choice)
Four reading passages are followed by comprehension questions. Test takers choose the correct answer from the printed answer choices.
20
Listening 35 – 40 minutes Part 1 (multiple choice)
A short recorded conversation is accompanied by three printed statements. Test takers choose the statement that conveys the same meaning as what was heard, or that is true based upon the conversation.
15
Part 2 (multiple choice)
A recorded question is accompanied by three printed responses. Test takers choose the appropriate response to the question.
20
Part 3 (multiple choice)
Three recorded talks, such as those that might be heard on the radio, are each followed by recorded comprehension questions. The questions and the answer choices are printed in the test booklet. Test takers choose the correct answer from the choices.
15
Speaking 30 – 35 minutes Test takers participate in a semistructured, multistage task involving two examinees and two examiners. 1 task