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    #1

    CAE C2 rating vs CPE ?

    I would like to hear your opinion.

    Last June I went to a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English exam. I was delighted to receive Grade A, which gives me C2 rating (from that European chart with an overly long name ). I was thinking about tossing more money to get Cambridge Proficiency in English (assuming that I'll be as lucky as I was in that CAE exam). However, I was thinking that is it necessary? CPE is used to prove C2 level, but what if you already received that rating from a less prestigious exam?

    The reason why I'm trying to get these certificates is to demonstrate my ability to employees in case I'll start looking for work abroad. I have nothing specific in mind, but Brazil might be my #1 destination.

    Just as a thought experiment:
    FCE Grade A vs CPE (45 to 59 points). Which one would you value more if you were an employer?

  2. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #2

    Re: CAE C2 rating vs CPE ?

    I'd say an A at CAE is good enough to show to most employers. Very few will look down on it or regard it as much less prestigious than CPE.

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    #3

    Re: CAE C2 rating vs CPE ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sutemi View Post
    FCE Grade A vs CPE (45 to 59 points). Which one would you value more if you were an employer?
    Are you sure you didn't mean to say "CAE Grade A vs CPE (45 to 59 points)"? In any case, I'm not sure what you mean by this. A score of 45 to 59 out of 100 for the CPE means that you failed it.

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    Re: CAE C2 rating vs CPE ?

    I think the person meant a good FCE grade against a poor CPE one.

    In answer to the question, I am not sure of the knowledge level of many employers with the fine details of the exams.

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    #5

    Re: CAE C2 rating vs CPE ?

    Ah, I see. In that case, there isn't really a difference because both are at Level C1.

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