In 2013 (the 100th anniversary of the launch of Cambridge English: Proficiency) Cambridge ESOL will be introducing a new revised version of the exam. This new version is the result of a comprehensive review of the exam completed over a number of years.

Why are we updating Cambridge English: Proficiency?

As teaching and testing methodology and practices continuously evolve, all Cambridge ESOL exams receive periodic updates so as to reflect the changes that occur through this evolution. The use of exams and their appropriateness are also carefully looked at. Each revision cycle includes consultation with teachers, centres and other stakeholders.

What the changes are

In an effort to ensure that Cambridge English: Proficiency remains suitable for career enhancement and for use in higher education while obtaining a fresher, modern appeal Cambridge ESOL has proceeded with these changes in the exam format:
  • 4 papers instead of 5 making the new exam approximately 2 hours shorter than its current version

  • new test tasks and focuses in each of the written papers

Overall, the exam becomes a lot more user-friendly while it continues to set the standard for C2 level exams.

Specifications, Sample Papers and sample Listening materials for the new Cambridge English: Proficiency will soon be available through the Cambridge ESOL Greece website. Stay tuned for more information through our blog.

Cambridge English: Proficiency: English for high-achievers

In recognition of the exam’s significant educational and practical value, the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) awards candidates with a Cambridge English: Proficiency certificate extra UCAS tariff points towards their application to UK universities: Cambridge English exam Grade UCAS Tariff points awarded Cambridge English:

A 140 points (Equivalent to an A* grade at A Level) Cambridge

English: Proficiency
B 110 points (Equivalent to between A and B grade at A Level) Cambridge

English: Proficiency
C 70 points (Equivalent to between C and D grade at A Level)

These increases in each candidate’s UCAS Tariff points improve their chances of being accepted by their chosen UK University