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Anglia Examinations Proficiency Level (CEFR C1) Anglia Proficiency Level Step to Book

What does Proficiency test?

The Anglia Proficiency exam is mapped to C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference and is an AIM Level 2 qualification on the UK National Qualifications Framework. Over the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking (optional), the new items that this level tests are:

  • evidence of wide vocabulary
  • evidence of control of structures and organisation of language
  • collocation - not just individual words
  • control of style and idiom
  • differentiation of style, variety and tone when necessary

What does the candidate have to do in their Proficiency test?

  • write a formal academic composition (AcCEPT) or
  • write a composition (General)
  • write two forms of correspondence - formal and informal
  • read texts of various types
  • write a summary 
  • multiple choice questions
  • matching
  • gap fill
  • sentence transformation
  • word transformation
  • note-taking
  • true/false/doesn’t say statements

Performance Indicators

The student has a sufficiently extensive active vocabulary and structural understanding to:
  • write clear, organised text on descriptive, narrative, or discursive topics, including giving opinion and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of a given issue
  • write contrasting forms of correspondence - formal and informal
  • read and respond to a longer text on any topic, concrete or abstract
  • provide an accurate summary of a text or an aspect of the text
  • use language to perform any function likely to arise in a normal social or learning context
  • manipulate structures to create emphasis, and vary style and idiom
  • listen and respond accurately to passages and questions in a variety of forms and contexts, delivered at a normal speaking pace

A good example of an essay at Proficiency AcCEPT C1 level:

N.B. This is an example of a genuine candidate's essay at this level. Therefore, the language may contain grammatical, lexical or stylistic errors, originally made by the candidate him/herself.

Technology has had a huge impact on the education system in recent years. Outline the advantages and disadvantages of these changes in your country.

Several decades ago, it would have been impossible for children to imagine a large touch-screen display at the front of their class. Nowadays, schools all around the world use technology. We have laptops, phones and smartboards which we use during lessons. In my country, education has certainly changed becasue of technology. The question is, is this in a good or a bad way?

The internet has many incredible features to offer us- a source of an infinite amount of information but this isn't always a good thing. We no longer need books since we have internet and consequently we become addicted and become too dependent on technology. As a result, if we have an electrical problem, then we are helpless. Books will always be available, and in this way are far more reliable than fancy technology. Technology has another unreliable aspect, since anyone can post information on the internet. As a result, there is a lot of fake news articles and websites giving incorrect and false information to children, who believe it and continue the spread of fake news.We lose the ability of critical thinking and become over-reliable on the internet.

Another consequence of the new technological in education is that we don't learn as well from technology as we do from books. It has been scientifically proven that when you learn by writing things down on paper, you retain it far longer than any form of learning on computers or other devices.

On the other hand, with technology, instead of spending hours looking up information in books for an essay, you can google it and have a million facts in  seconds. This can save you a lot of time and effort, which allows teachers to continue with a new topic faster.

To conclude, technology has both its upsides and its negative points. It can save time, but we rely on the internet too much and it can limit our ability to study. However, it is certainly true that it has impacted on our education system, so we must find a way to balance the old and the new and to take the best from both .

 

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Proficiency Level Exam Past Papers (for students)

Link to Proficiency exam papers (Exam Template, audio file and marking keys)
Link to Proficiency level Speaking test

Preliminary Level Exam Past Papers (for teachers)

Link to past papers for teachers in our Resources Section

Link to answers and Teaching guide