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    Unhappy CPE- Cambridge Proficiency in English

    I have recently taken the CPE exam. I have passed, but unfortunately all I got was a C. I was one mark away from B, which for an ambitious person like me was a huge disappointment. On top of that I am constantly being undermined by people who think this exam is a joke, saying it's a piece of cake and these days anyone could do it. What do you think of Cambridge Proficiency Exam? Is it widely recognised? How should I feel with my C? Should I feel embarrassed with my grade or should I hold my head high?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    I have recently taken the CPE exam. I have passed, but unfortunately all I got was a C. I was one mark away from B, which for an ambitious person like me was a huge disappointment. On top of that I am constantly being undermined by people who think this exam is a joke, saying it's a piece of cake and these days anyone could do it. What do you think of Cambridge Proficiency Exam? Is it widely recognised? How should I feel with my C? Should I feel embarrassed with my grade or should I hold my head high?
    You can always take the test again. The most important thing is that you can speak, write, listen, and read in English. From the looks of this post, I'd say your writing is pretty good. I wouldn't feel embarrassed.

    I would consider this: Most of the time people have a purpose in mind when they learn English. Can you use English for your purpose? If you apply for a job that requires you to use English, I think employers would pay attention to your true ability to use English effectively, and not to your CPE grade, in my opinion.



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    I say I would agree with PROESL-your writing seems strong enough. Employers are not going to care what your grade was. They are only going to be concerned about your communication skills: writing and verbal skills.

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    Smile Re: CPE- Cambridge Proficiency in English

    My writing was the weakest, but my speaking was marked as above exceptional, which I think is very important. My verbal communication is great, I am good with people. I am not going big headed here, I just give myself some credit for not being massively academically English educated and achieving so much. I am an eager self learner.
    Thank you for all the support. It means a lot to me.

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    Default Re: CPE- Cambridge Proficiency in English

    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    Should I feel embarrassed with my grade or should I hold my head high?
    The latter.

    On top of that I am constantly being undermined by people who think this exam is a joke, saying it's a piece of cake and these days anyone could do it.
    Who are these people? They are either disdainful and try to deprive you of your sense of achievement that you justly feel because other people's misery is what makes them tick or they do not know what they say.
    For their information, according to a survey conducted by Cambridge ESOL, the failing rate among natives at a CPE test was as high as 60%. These natives, who participated in the survey, came from all walks of life, representing the avarage Joe Blog.

    You have every right to stand tall. Congs for you results. Onwards and upwards.

    (I sat the exam in June 2007, and I passed too)

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    By the way, it's Joe Bloggs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    By the way, it's Joe Bloggs.
    Whatever. You seem to belong to the 40%. Or maybe more than seem.

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