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CPE Sample Report


Proficiency Sample - Report

A sample report. Take a look at the structure, organisation and formality.

Advanced Samples - Essay

Advanced Essay sample. Pay attention to the organisation and vocabulary content.

Advanced Sample - Letter of Application


First Practice - A Report

Fill the gaps to complete a report.

Advanced Samples - Letter to a friend

Sample Letter/Email to a friend for Advanced students. Note the consistency of the formality and the expressions that produce it.

Proficiency Samples

Two articles

One on a travel topic.

One on Globalisation

Pay close attention to the writers attempts to incorporate suitable vocabulary for the topics.

First Sentence Transformations

Further advice on video for sentence transformations.

First, Advanced, CPE How to


First Use of English Practice

Two complete exams for you to use when you like.

Advanced Use of English & Reading: Part 6

Here's a technique to help with this new question in the 2015 exam.

To try this example you'll need to access this webpage

You need to download the zip file, then open the Reading and Use of English pdf. 

Go to pages 10 and 11.

Our objective is to simplify finding the information you need.

1. Ignore page 10 for now. Start on Page 11 and look at the four questions, numbered 37 to 40.

2. Find the key idea in each - this is usually connected to an opinion in the text.

Roll over below with your cursor to see our choices:

37. de Botton's confidence (about architecture)
38. the significance of de Botton's book
39. other architects share de Botton's concerns
40. the originality of de Botton's work

3. Now put those ideas into four new questions which you can apply to each text equally to get a clear concrete answer. 

Again, roll over to see our attempts.

37. What does each reviewer think of how confident De Botton's opinions are?
38. How important does each reviewer think De Bo…

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