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Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Examination Preparation

  Course Description:


At Burlington School, we have been preparing our students for the Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Examination for many years, and we have an in-depth knowledge of needs of candidates and the demands of the test.  Our Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Examination Preparation courses are designed to meet these needs.

Our Proficiency (CPE) preparation courses are for people with an advanced level of English who are studying for the Cambridge Advanced exam, whether for study, work or pleasure.  Cambridge English exams are accepted by over 20,000 universities, employers and governments around the world as proof of your level of English.  Typical learners at this level are able to use the language to a similar degree as an educated native speaker, and in a range of culturally appropriate ways. They are therefore able to adapt their language to a variety of situations and can use English in a creative and flexible way, and can respond appropriately to unexpected and unusual situations. 

Burlington’s Language Centers in New York and Miami Beach are two of the very few Cambridge Examination Centers in the United States.

  Course Content


We believe there are three main areas that students should work on when preparing for any test: overall language improvement, specific exam-related language improvement (this includes the grammar and vocabulary that the exam focuses on, as well as study skills and exam skills), and authentic exam practice. 

The core classes focus on all aspects of the language in the context of the exam, including grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The elective classes build on the core classes, focussing on specific sections of the exams as well as overall fluency.

There are regular practice tests in class, which helps the teachers identify students’ strengths and weakness, and allows the students to check their progress and to give students authentic practice under exam conditions.

Please click here for a sample timetable for our Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Examination Preparation course.



Students who successfully complete our Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Examination Preparation course…

  • are more confident in their use of English.
  • have a good understanding of the skills and language required for the test.
  • can use their language to the best of their ability to satisfy the demands of the test.
  • can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • can express themselves fluently and spontaneously.
  • can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

  What next?


After finishing your Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Examination Preparation course, try doing these:

  • Read articles and news stories about unfamiliar subjects in English Language newspapers and blogs using colloquial language
  • Listen to lectures in English (eg Ted Talks)
  • Help other people with their English
  • Write blog posts about unfamiliar subjects in English
  • Take a Business English course
  • Take a TOEFL or IELTS Preparation course to prepare for university
  • Take one of our online courses
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