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Mastery English Exam C2 Level CEFR Anglia Mastery Exam Step to Book

Our Mastery exam is accredited by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group who are regulated by Ofqual.

Anglia Mastery Attains UCAS Tariff Points

Achievement of a pass at this English exam level  provides an allocation of 16 UCAS tariff points, which can be used to support admission to UK Universities.

You will need to understand a wide range of vocabulary and understand information from different spoken sources. The Anglia Masters exam comprises an advanced English grammar test and prior capability at at least the C1 CEFR level.

What does Mastery test?

The Anglia Mastery English language exam is mapped to C2 proficiency level on the Common European Framework of Reference and is an AIM Level 3 qualification on the UK National Qualifications Framework. A C1 may also be awarded from this exam if a C2 is not achieved. Over the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking (optional), this level tests:

  • evidence of very wide vocabulary
  • evidence of excellent control of structures and organisation of language
  • full control of collocation
  • coherent presentation and full control of style, idiom, inference
  • nuanced differentiation of variety and tone

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

  • write a formal academic composition
  • write contrasting styles of correspondence - formal and informal 
  • read text of various types, including authentic
  • write a summary
  • multiple choice questions
  • matching
  • definition / substitution
  • gap fill
  • sentence transformation
  • note-taking

Performance Indicators

The student can confidently manipulate the language and use it for any study or professional purpose.
Building on proficiency (C1) level, the student has a sufficiently extensive active vocabulary and structural understanding to:

  • take notes while listening to information given at normal speaking pace and then use those notes for a targeted task, demonstrating an ability to differentiate between relevant and irrelevant information
  • take notes from a long text on any topic and use those notes to argue a case in clear, organised written text
  • show understanding of a variety of texts in both a detailed and global way
  • show an understanding of and an ability to manipulate and produce language in a variety of styles, with a variety of idioms

Example of a structured composition

(This composition title will relate to the topic of the reading task in the R4 part of the exam.)

 Use your own ideas and, if you wish, the notes below to write a structured composition of between 330 & 400 words.

Circuses are outdated and there is no place for them in the world of entertainment nowadays.

  • animal cruelty
  • clowns, acrobats and entertainers
  • public demand and opinion
  • family entertainment
  • traditional circuses
  • modern circuses
  • increased technology

You may use rough notes and they will not be marked by the examiner.

A good example of an essay at this 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. 

The circus - great entertainment or an outdated business?

"Nearly everyone has been to one at some point in their life and all children, except those afraid of clowns, seem to love them. However, in this modern world of internet, computers and television, isn’t the circus slowly becoming a little out of date?
One of the circus’ main attractions is definitely the animals, when you visit a circus you’ll be able to see all sorts of exotic animals performing all kinds of spectacular tricks. But in these modern times you’ll be confronted with all sorts of moral issues about those very animals, with entire organisations criticising the circus because of the way the animals are treated there. Some circuses try to go with the public opinion and perform shows without animals, but most if the time this results in less attendances and thus, less revenue.
I personally think it is acceptable to use animals in the circus, though the living conditions of the animals should undergo some big improvements. Sure, if you want to see some wild animals you could just switch the telly on and watch some Animal planet, but to actually see the animals for real is an entirely different experience, which we should not withhold from future generations.
But, because of what they see on television and on the internet, these days people are less and less easily amazed. So the circus has to become more spectacular and even more wild. In other words, modern times call for modern circuses. The human part of the performance becomes almost extreme, just for the sake of entertaining the audience. The public demand for circuses might be shrinking, but what’s left of it wants to enjoy some extreme shows and is probably willing to pay more money for it.
All in all the circus is still a very popular form of family entertainment and always will be, because, in my opinion, the circus is something that’s simply timeless. And despite the increasing negative public opinion on circuses, I highly doubt that the demand for them will ever cease."


Mastery Level Exam Past Papers (for students)

Link to Mastery exam papers (exam papers, audio file and marking keys)
Link to Mastery level Speaking test

Mastery Level Exam Past Papers (for teachers)

Link to past papers for teachers - Please note you will need to be signed in and registered as a teacher to access these.

Speaking video example

Link to a video of a Masters speaking exam