EFL Proficiency Level Exams: ECPE

Is doing the ECPE (or another proficiency/C2 exam) really a good idea?

Is the proficiency kids' stuff? If you're not yet old enough to ride a scooter on the highway and you're thinking of taking the proficiency, you should have a look at this piece of advice before signing up for the ECPE (or some other C2 exam).

If, after thinking about the matter carefully, you decide the ECPE is the exam for you, here is a list of stuff you might find helpful.

The University of Michigan ECPE

Fullspate's resources for people thinking of doing the ECPE (and in some cases that might be worth thinking about a little more critically) includes:

The Michigan ECPE exam explained

• Plus info and advice about the new ECPE speaking test

• And the indispensable ECPE Survival Guide.


Here we have an entire exam-level ECPE grammar, cloze, vocabulary and reading test. The questions are marked automatically online. The GCVR has been divided into seven sections. To find out your final mark over the whole 120-question test you will have to keep a note of your score in each of the sub-sections on an old-fashioned piece of paper.

ECPE Grammar Test

ECPE Cloze Test

ECPE Vocabulary Test

ECPE Reading Test Part 1

ECPE Reading Test Part 2

ECPE Reading Test Part 3

ECPE Reading Test Part 4

Advanced writing skills

See how to write great essays for your advanced or proficiency level English exam.

The guide includes our essay writing tutorial. It uses example questions from the Michigan ECPE but the advice will be useful for anyone taking an advanced or proficiency exam in English.

What does a good (American) exam-length academic essay look like? See our sample academic essays.

What can I add to my essay to boost my marks? See our useful list of essay phrases and the list of score-boosting advanced essay structures.

About Fullspate: - Fullspate is actually one man with a PhD and a laptop who grew tired of the bland contents of EFL coursebooks, decided to write slightly more engaging stuff for his English students, and then thought it might be nice to share them online. Then subsequently packed it in.





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