The Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) is a standardized English as a foreign language (EFL) examination. It is recognized in several countries as official proof of advanced proficiency in the English language and can be used for academic and professional purposes. It is accepted by some universities as evidence of proficiency in English if it has been received within the past two years.

Test Description

The ECPE is a standardized advanced-level English as a foreign language (EFL) examination and is administered at authorized test centers around the world. A new test form is developed for each administration.

Test Purpose

The ECPE is administered internationally and is appropriate for adults and university-aged students residing in any country where the common language is not English. The ECPE assesses linguistic, discoursal, sociolinguistic, and pragmatic elements of the English language. Listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills are evaluated through a combination of tasks.

The purpose of the ECPE is to certify advanced English language proficiency. The examination focuses on skills and content at the C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Typical Test Taker

Language users at the C2 proficiency level:

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express [themselves] spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

(Council of Europe, 2001: 24)

Test Sections


Test Dates for 2015

Saturday, June 13
Saturday, September 5
Saturday, November 14

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