Reading and Use of English (7 parts) 1 hour 30 minutes
Writing (2 parts) 1 hour 30 minutes
Listening (4 parts) 40 minutes approx
Speaking (3 parts) 15 minutes approx
This is the highest level qualification that is available through Cambridge Language Assessment and basically indicates that the recipient can communicate at more or less the same level as a native speaker. For this reason it is highly recommendable that the student has daily interactions in English, through work and/or mediums such as television. From my personal experience, the students that do well in this exam are those who have spent time living in other countries where English is the spoken language as this exam focuses much more on colloquial phrases and interpretation of context.
In this course we do a brief revision of the grammar from C1 level but it is not a primary objective because the exam requires an understanding of the language as an instrument rather than a structure. We therefore concentrate our efforts on exam technique, vocabulary and conversation. In addition, I usually suggest a couple of novels to read during the course and we do conversational and written exercises connected to these.
The majority of people who decide to take this course do so for their own personal development because most companies do not ask for CPE in job advertisements. However, we see every year that this market becomes more competitive and I predict that in ten years or so that this qualification will be much more common.