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October 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

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  1. When are you going to launch a CPE for Schools version of the current CPE one??? it is a query posed by many teachers, including me, of course. Meanwhile, we need to promote the ECPE proficiency (Michigan) one, for the simple reason that it is more practical , quicker, students “finish” with english quicker to focus on their Panhellenic exams, and we’re ending up producing passive students who know how to circle and blunder through answers ,without thinking critically of the answers they will have to produce- the level of the current CPE exam is challenging AND DEMANDING enough for a 16 year old to rpoduce the level of the language required- hence, what we’re really looking into it, is a more student -friendly exam for a teenage student to be able to answer cognitively and maturely , drawing upon his knowledge of the world and their past life experiences (whatever those may be), and, in fianl analysis , for us, the teachers, to create actively and critically thinking students, not passive recipients of the language with multiple choice answers, that tomorrow will lead to work like robotic machines.

    Thanks for your time.

    • Dear Paraskevi,

      The aim of the upcoming changes in the Cambridge English: Proficiency examination is to make the exam shorter and friendlier for Greek students. There will definitely be a shift of focus in the selection of material for the question papers as we are fully aware of the ever changing age range of the exam takers, who tend to be younger and younger each year. However, I am afraid that there cannot be a “for Schools” version of the Proficiency exam per se, simply because the level at which the exam is set is too high to justify it. We really do appreciate your comments on our exam though; I also feel that one of the main advantages of the CPE is that it produces critically thinking candidates through preparation as, indeed, every exam should.

      Thank you.

      Cambridge ESOL Greece

      May 30, 2012 at 9:52 am

    • Hi Maria. Thank you for the very interesting reproduction of our post. I am sure that the kxghellas blog followers will find it very useful. Cambridge ESOL.

      Cambridge ESOL Greece

      April 17, 2012 at 11:33 am

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