About ECPE or Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English


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ECPE tests a student's English proficiency


The test is scored by CamLA standards


The scores are valid for two years

What is ECPE?

ECPE or the Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency is yet another examination to prove your English proficiency for academic and professional purposes. The test is recognised by several countries as official advanced proficiency in the English language. The ECPE test scores are valid for two years. The ECPE test is scored by CaMLA standards and will be notified to you by the test centers.


The ECPE exam is aimed at the C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


Click here to know more about various levels under Common European Framework of Reference.



How will I be scored under ECPE?

After giving the exam you will receive a report showing your overall performance along with the levels for each test section. The level of performance from highest to lowest are:



Writing & Speaking

Listening & GCVR

Honours (H)



Pass (P)



Low Pass (LP)



Borderline Fail (BF)



Fail (F)





If you wish to have your exam restored, you can apply for a request to the center where you took the test.


What is the format for ECPE?

The ECPE is a test of general language proficiency in a variety of contexts. You would be tested on fours skills in English i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The details are mentioned below:





Number of Items


30-35 minutes

Students participate in a semi-structured, multistage task involving two examinees and two examiners.

1 task


30 minutes

Students write an essay based upon one of two topic choices.

1 task


35-40 minutes

Part 1 (multiple choice)

A short recorded conversation is accompanied by three printed statements. Students choose the statement that conveys the same meaning as what was heard, or that is true based upon the conversation.


Part 2 (multiple choice)

A recorded question is accompanied by three printed responses. Students choose the appropriate response to the question.


Part 3 (multiple choice)

Three recorded talks, such as those that might be heard on the radio, are each followed by recorded comprehension questions. The questions and the answer choices are printed in the test booklet. Students choose the correct answer from the choices.






75 minutes

Grammar (multiple choice)

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


Cloze (multiple choice)

Two passages with 10 deletions each are followed by choice of words and phrases to complete the text. Students must choose the option that best fills each blank in terms of grammar and meaning.


Vocabulary (multiple choice)

An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words to complete it. Only one word has the correct meaning in that context.


Reading (multiple choice)

Four reading passages are followed by comprehension questions. Students choose the correct answer from the printed answer choices.




How to register?

You need to contact a test center near you in order to appear for the test. 

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