The Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) is a standardized, 4-skill American English test at the highest level of proficiency.

Valid Results at the Highest Level of Proficiency

ECPE test users can depend on an international certification to advance toward educational and professional goals.

Legacy of Success

English language learners around the world have received ECPE certification since 1953.

Secure & Reliable Test

Only Authorized Test Centers administer the ECPE.

Revised ECPE Launching May 2021

The popular Examination for the Certification of Proficiency in English (ECPE) is undergoing a revision. The test updates will reflect feedback from test users, changes to the test-taker population, and new thinking in language assessment. The revised exam will be administered for the first time in May 2021.

  • New listening parts 1 & 2
  • Listening part 3 played twice
  • Reduction in the total number of items
  • New writing tasks with more time to write
  • New writing scoring criteria
The updated exam will remain at the C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and the overall level of difficulty and standards will not change. The revisions will offer the following benefits to test takers and teachers:
  • More accessible: More topics and scenarios for a younger demographic
  • Coherent progression: More task type commonality between ECCE and ECPE
  • Increased efficiency: Reduced number of total items

New Sample Tests for 2021 Revised ECPE & ECCE

Read the latest news on the updates and download the new sample tests for the revised 2021 exams. NOTE: for the current exam, download the 2020 samples tests in the Resource Library.

New ECPE Writing Section Webinar

Learn all about the new ECPE Writing Section in this recording. We provide a breakdown of each possible task format, the new source information provided to test takers, and the new rating scale.

2021 and Beyond: Updates to the ECCE & ECPE

In this webinar recording, you will learn about the upcoming revisions to the ECCE and the ECPE.

Revised ECCE and ECPE Test Specifications Available

The test specifications and example items for the revised Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE) and the Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) are now available.

Achieve a Respected International Certification

Test takers can confidently prove their English skills with a Michigan Language Assessment certification that is backed by the University of Michigan and Cambridge Assessment English.