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Cambridge Proficiency CPE Examination Preparation course at ELC Brighton, England

Cambridge Proficiency CPE English Exam Preparation Course in Brighton, UK

The Cambridge Proficency (CPE) Examination preparation course at ELC Brighton is designed to improve your overall language ability in addition to developing the language skills necessary to pass the CPE exam. It is for students with an advanced (C1) or proficient (C2) level of English.  The course provides complete and careful preparation for all aspects of the Proficiency examination and includes:

  • dedicated full-day classes preparing for Cambridge CPE exam
  • practice interviews with experienced Cambridge examiners
  • mock examinations under authentic exam conditions
  • regular tutorials with your teacher to give individual help and study advice

We offer:

  • long 09-12 week intensive courses leading to the exams in March, June and December - 25 or 30 lessons (18.75 or 22.5 hours) per week

There is a core of 25 lessons/week in a dedicated class focussing on preparing for the Cambridge CPE exam. If you choose the 30 lessons/week course, for the extra 5 lessons per week you can choose an elective.  This may be to focus on a particular area that you need extra help with for the CPE exam such as 'speaking, pronunciation, listening' or 'reading, writing and vocabulary'. Alternatively, you may wish to focus on a new skill like 'English for Work'.  


  • full-time exam courses, Monday to Friday with the exam at the end of the course
  • all course books/materials and e-learning included (exam fees not included)
  • minimum age 16

If you are planning to study for 24 weeks or more, the Cambridge Examination Course can be taken as part of our Study Year Programme.

The exams are held in Brighton and run by Sussex Open Centre for Examinations (SOCE). NB in some cases the written exam is on the Saturday immediately after the course. The oral exam is usually on a Saturday or Sunday during the course. Please contact us for details.

N.B. exam fees are not included in course fees. Cost in 2017: CPE = £152; price includes postage of certificate.

  • Test Your English


    Here is an approximate guide of exams at each level.

    ELC Level Cambridge IELTS TOEIC GESE Cambridge BULATS
    C2 Upper advanced CPE 8 - 9   12   90 - 100
    C1 Advanced CAE 7 - 8 945 10 - 11 BEC Higher 75 - 89
    B2 Upper-intermediate FCE 5 - 6.5 785 7 - 9 BEC Vantage 60 - 74
    B1 Intermediate PET 4 - 5 550 5 - 6 BEC Preliminary 40 - 59
    A2 Pre-intermediate KET 3
    3 - 4   20 - 39
    A1/A2 Elementary     120 1 - 2   0 - 19
    A1 Beginner            

    The following table shows the levels we use at ELC.

    ELC Level Level Aims
    C2 Upper-advanced - use English very well in demanding situations
    - performance level may be above average native speaker
    C1 Advanced - use English well in all but the most demanding situations
    - use and understand complex language
    B2 Upper-intermediate - use English effectively in all familiar situations
    - use more complex English and cope with more demanding situations
    B1 Intermediate - use English to express simple ideas and achieve results
    - use range of basic language well in most situations
    A2 Pre-intermediate - use English in most familiar situations
    - use English in a limited way in more difficult situations
    A1/A2 Elementary - develop English skills to 'survival' level
    - use English only in very familiar situations
    A1 Beginner - learn basic vocabulary and structures for simple communication