In 2013 the CPE exam is not only celebrating 100 years of tormenting language learners and confusing their teachers, but will also be changing quite a bit! This post takes a look at what changes are being made and what it all might mean! The full post is also available at http://teflgeek.net.
The big news is that the Use of English paper is disappearing. Sort of. But not really. What’s actually happening is that aspects of the Use of English paper are being subsumed into some of the other papers. But we’ll get to that a little later on! This is all part of a drive to make the process of actually taking the exam a little less stressful and less time consuming – overall the exam is being reduced from 6 hours (technically I think it currently adds up to 5 hours and 59 minutes) to 4 hours (again, technically it’s 3 hours 56 minutes).
Read more at http://teflgeek.net/2011/10/31/changes-to-cpe-in-2013/
The handbook for the existing (2002) version of CPE is available to download from Cambridge ESOL here: https://www.teachers.cambridgeesol.org/ts/digitalAssets/109761_cpe_hand
New Test Specifications and sample papers are available from Cambridge ESOL here: http://www.cambridgeesol.org/assets/pdf/exams/cpe/cpe-spec-2013.pdf.
Interesting changes, right?!
Good luck for you all on your CPE exams!