Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)

The ECPE certificate constitutes an official certification of knowledge of the English language at a C2 level, as outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). ECPE holders can obtain the corresponding proficiency certification from the Greek Ministry of Education.


 

ECPE format and content:

 

Section Time Description # of questions
Writing 30 min. An essay based upon one of the two topics. 1 subject
Listening 35-40 min.

Part I

A short recorded conversation followed by three printed answer choices.

50

Part II

A recorded question followed by three questions.

Part III

Three recorded talks followed d by recorded comprehension questions.

Grammar,
Cloze,
Vocabulary,
Reading
75 min.

Grammar (multiple choice)

An incomplete sentence followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.

40

Cloze

After reading a text from which words have been removed, candidates must choose one out of a total of four words.

20

Vocabulary

An incomplete sentence followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.

40

Reading comprehension

4 texts followed by comprehension questions.

20
Speaking 25 – 35 min. A conversation between two candidates guided by 2 examiners.

 

 

 

  • The three first parts (Listening, GVR, and Writing) comprise the written section of the examination and are administered at the same day. The fourth part, the Speaking Test, is administered before, after, or even at the same day of the written examinations.
  • The test is designed for English language learners and reflects the preparation and the methodology used for practice in the classroom. The exercises are similar to the ones included in the textbooks or any other teaching material for learning English.
  • Dialects or background noise are never used in the listening section.  Candidates hear only speeches or conversations from speakers with Standard American English as a mother tongue.

 

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