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ECPE (proficiency)

ECPE (proficiency)

The format and content of the ECPE

Section Time Description # of items
Writing 30 minutes Examinees write an essay based upon one of two topic choices. 1 task
Listening 35-40 minutes Part IA short recorded conversation is accompanied by three printed statements. Examinees choose the statement that means about the same thing as what was heard, or that is true based upon the conversation. 50
Part IIA recorded question is accompanied by three printed responses. Examinees choose the appropriate response to the question.
Part IIIThree recorded talks, such as those that might be heard on the radio, are each followed by recorded comprehension questions. Examinees choose the correct answer from the printed answer choices.
Grammar, Cloze, Vocabulary, Reading 75 minutes GrammarAn incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct. 40
ClozeAfter reading a passage from which words have been removed, examinees must choose one of four words that best fills a missing word slot in terms of grammar and meaning. 20
VocabularyAn incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words to complete it. Only one word has the correct meaning in that context. 40
ReadingFour reading passages are followed by comprehension questions. 20
Speaking 25-35 minutes  A face to face oral interaction between two candidates and two examiners
  • The three first parts (Writing, Listening and GCVR ) consist of the written section of the examination and they are all administered at the same day. The fourth part, the Speaking Test, is administered before or after or even at the same day of the written examinations.
  • The format and the content of the test of the examination reflect the general language preparation, the methodology and the teaching material used for the learning of English as a foreign language.
  • Standard American accents are used in the recording for the listening section. Candidates are not exposed to dialects or background noise. Candidates hear only the speakers’ voices and thus they do not risk having their scores unfavorably affected by external factors.

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