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    Does anyone know how TOEFL scores compare to Cambridge certificates? I scored 113 in IBT (30/30 listning, 30.30 writing, 29/30 reading. 24/30 speaking) and I wonder what Cambridge exam to take, CAE or CPE? I know it depends on how I feel myself but I wonder if there is any more "formal" guidance.

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    CPE is a little more advanced than CAE, though the difference isn't that great. From my experience, successful CPE students tend to be those who really enjoy the language and read widely, and it's not simply a matter of working for it.

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    Oh, here it comes. How do I know that I enjoy doing something? Well, with some activities it is pretty obvious, but I am not sure if studying english is one of them. I do read almost exclusively in English for the last three years, I love idioms as for me it is the most colourful, poetic part of the language and I like discovering (which does'nt not mean -memorizing:) new words but I still wonder whether it is love or only my goal-oriented attitude? Hm, having said that, it came to my mind yesterday, that English is like ocean - you may explore it all your life and be sure it will always be there until the day when you die, hunched over new vocabulary. It gives one some feeling of safety. Maybe I do enjoy the language then? Hm, I guess I have another decade for wondering...:). I have a feeling that TOEFL is far less demanding than CPE, so one may pass Toefl with flying colours and still fail CPE. And yet, one may pass CPE and still feel they do not know the language... That is maybe the "love" factor. :)

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    You sounds like a CPE candidate to me. The point I was trying to make is that some exams can be passed simply by dedication, but I feel that those who have got through CAE like that, often struggle a bit with CPE.

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