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An awesome post from Teflgeek on the new CPE 2013


In 2013 the CPE exam is not only celebrating 100 years of tormenting language learners and confusing their teachers, but will also be metamorphasising into its latest incarnation.  This post takes a look at what changes are being made and what it all might mean!  The full post is also available as a downloadable pdf.

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December 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

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  1. Tormenting? Daunting? Surely you mean ‘inspiring’ and ‘challenging’?

    A few words about the new Writing Part 1. In essence, this is a now a guided essay, with Cambridge providing the student with the ‘scaffolding’ to build their essay, similar to providing the notes in FCE Writing Part 1. Colleagues also please note that the word limit (we prefer to term it “word range”) is now, as specified on page 22 of the Cambridge English: Proficiency Handbook for Teachers, “…intended as a guide…candidates are not explicitly penalised for the length of their response…”.

    All the best to future candidates
    Stephen John Taylor
    Cambridge English

    Stephen John Taylor

    December 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

  2. Thanks for the informative blog post!

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