C1 - Operational Proficiency Exam | Euroexam

C1 - Operational Proficiency Exam

The exam that measures foreign language communication skills at C1 – Operational Proficiency level

The outstanding reliability and acknowledged objectivity of the Euroexams are already well-known. What is more, these exams exclusively measure communication skills used in real life. This way you may show how you can apply your English or German knowledge in practice. We are sure you will do well.

Dictionaries can be used during the whole exam

Our candidates may use any printed dictionary  in every exam part. Further details and our suggestions for the most efficient use of dictionaries can be found on our Using dictionaries in the language exam page.

You can find a set of points which present the required performance for each skill below the parts and description of the exam parts, as well as the evaluation criteria for speaking skills and writing skills.


Parts of the Euro C1 Operational Proficiency Exam and detailed description of tasks

In the description of the tasks we indicate with grey background colour
where the EuroPro tasks differ from the general Euro exam’s material.

Reading

(Time: 45 minutes)

Dictionary use: The candidate may use a printed (i.e. non-electronic) dictionary throughout the Reading Test.

Task 1 – Paragraph Headings

There are six paragraphs for which the candidate must find the most appropriate heading from a choice of eight paragraph headings. Two headings are not needed. An example is provided.

Task 2 – Long Text

The candidate reads a single text of 1000-1250 words, normally an article, and answers 2 - 4 questions. Each question requires 2 - 4 pieces of information in the answer. The number of pieces of required information is indicated on the answer sheet; the candidate should write no more than 15 words for each piece of information. Answers are only marked for content.

Task 3 – Multiple-Choice Reading

The candidate reads two texts (ca. 400 words each) of which one is a formal article. Both texts have a shared theme. Each text has three multiple-choice questions. Five of the questions test the understanding of detailed information, while one question tests understanding of the text as a whole.


Writing

(Time: 60 minutes)

Dictionary use: The candidate may use a printed (i.e. non-electronic) dictionary throughout the Writing Test.

Task 1 – Transactional Writing

The candidate reads several pieces of written or diagrammatic text (e.g. leaflets, notes, letters, maps, timetables) providing a context and information for the task. The candidate is asked to write a ca. 200 word transactional letter or email using the information provided.

Task 2 – Discursive  Writing

There are three tasks from which the candidate chooses one. The candidate must write a ca. 200 word text within the genre specified. At present the tested genres are: an article, a letter to the editor, a review and an essay.

EuroPro C1
Task 2. – Topic Options for Discursive Writing 
The task is basically the same as in the Euro C1 exam, except that instead of
the review, EuroPro candidates may choose to write a report if it appears
among the three options.

Listening

(Time: ca. 40 minutes)

Dictionary use: The candidate may use a printed (i.e. non-electronic) dictionary during the last five minutes of the test after the audio has finished.

Task 1 – Short Conversations

The candidate listens twice to four short conversations occurring in the same location and matches each one with an item from List A and an item from List B. List B often consists of the attitude or psychological state of one of the speakers. Each list has two items which are not needed.

Task 2 – Making Notes

The candidate listens to a recorded monologue, usually a lecture, in three parts. Before each part the student hears a recorded question. While listening to the monologue the candidate must note down three pieces of information which are required to answer the question. At the end of each section the question is repeated and there is a pause for writing. The recording is played only once.

Task 3 – Radio Programme

The candidate listens twice to an excerpt from a radio  programme. The candidate answers eight multiple-choice questions while listening. The programme will typically be a talk show or formal discussion.

EuroPro C1
Task 3 - Meeting The candidate hears a part of a business meeting. Then 
they must answer eight multiple-choice questions about the meeting.

Speaking

(Time: 10 min preparation + 20 mim examination)

Dictionary use: The candidate may use a printed (i.e. non-electronic) dictionary during the preparation period only.
Candidates are examined in pairs. There are two examiners: one an interlocutor, the other an assessor. The candidate has ten minutes before the test for preparing Task 2. Candidates may use printed (i.e. non-electronic) dictionaries.

Task 1 – Interview

The candidate in a pair has a two-minute conversation with his/her partner. If they don’t know each other, they find out information about the other candidate. If they do, they compare the things they have in common.

Task 2 – Presentation & Discussion

In the preparation room the candidate has ten minutes to choose one of two statements and to prepare a two-minute presentation. The statements are contentious, and the candidate needs to marshal arguments for and against the statement and to conclude by giving a reasoned opinion. The candidate is not judged on his/her opinion, but on the quality of his/her English and the logic of argument. No specialised knowledge is required. When giving the presentation, the candidate may consult, but not read from, his/her notes.
While one candidate is giving the presentation the other candidate will take notes. After the presentation, the other will ask questions and make points on what the candidate has said. The candidate responds to these points. One minute is allowed for this discussion.
The same procedure is repeated vice versa for the other candidate.

Task 3 – Discussion

The pair of candidates receives a card with four thematically linked photographs. These photographs are possible illustrations for the cover of a book, a poster, etc.  on a given subject. First, they discuss which aspect of the topic each picture portrays. Then the two candidates debate which is the most suitable. Finally they discuss any other suitable images for the book. Three minutes is allowed for this task.


Topics, situations that may occur in the Speaking Test

Euro C1

As we measure spontaneous communication in every task of the Speaking/Sprechen exam part – which is still the case even though every candidate gets 10 minutes for preparation before the storytelling task – the candidate has no chance during the  test to put forward preliminarily memorized monologues on a topic or otherwise. Instead, the candidate will succeed in this exam part if s/he has improved and manifests the following communication skills: e.g. sharing individual experience and opinion during every day chat or conversation, and work related conversation with strangers or familiar persons, as well as argumentative and debating skills.

EuroPro C1

Regarding the EuroPro C1 business language exam, the following very general business English topics may occur at the oral exam.

- typical objects in the workplace
- making phone calls
- description of graphs and tables
- money
- products and services; production
- tasks at the workplace
- working hours and salary
- workplace hierarchy
- expressions related to everyday work
- business documents
- venues and events in business life
- trade
- markets and marketing

Summary table of the Operational Proficiency exam

Name of exam part

Number of tasks

Duration (minutes)

Maximum score

Reading

3

45'

25

Writing

2

60'

25

Listening

3

40'

25

Speaking

4

20'

25

Total

 

245 min + breaks

100

Expected performance

Listening comprehension

It is not a problem for me to understand any speech at mother tongue speed, either heard live or broadcast through the media.

Reading comprehension

I can read texts of almost any register at ease, for example descriptions, professional articles, newspaper articles and literary works.

Conversation

I can participate in any conversation effortlessly and fluently, I know peculiar expressions and figures of speech well. I know more nuanced meanings too, I can react promptly to the contributions of others.

Speaking skills

I can give a description or voice an argument suitably for any given speaking situation or topic, in the appropriate style and clear logical setup. Download evaluation criteria.

Writing skills

I can write a smooth text in appropriate style, in which the logical setup helps the reader’s understanding. I can write a summary or evaluation about literary or professional texts. Download evaluation criteria.


 

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Date of next exam

18March 2017

4 March 2017

30 September 2017

Application deadline

18 February 2017

3 February  2017

1 September 2017

Application deadline with special procedure  

01 March 2017

10 February 2017

15 September 2017

Result

You can inquire from the 20th working day following the exam on our website using your exam code.

Exam fees

     

Complex

HUF 29 900 

HUF 29 900

HUF 29 900 

Separate written

HUF 22 900 

HUF 22 900

HUF 22 900 

Separate oral

HUF 19 900 

HUF 19 900

HUF 19 900

Special procedure fee

HUF 3 000

HUF 3 000 

HUF 3 000 

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