I recorded a video about my experience with books and other resources I used in order to study for the C2 Proficiency / CPE exam. As for the exam itself, I sat it last month, and passed it with a score of 216/230 (Grade B)!
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Cambridge Assessment English. The methods described below can be used to calculate *approximate* practice test scores, and are for illustrative purposes only.
Method 1 – Using the score converter
Firstly, in order to figure out what is your score in each part of the test, you need to download this guide from the Cambridge Assessment English website. Thanks to it, you will familiarise yourself with how each paper is assessed and how many marks/points you can get for each right answer.
Example: as far as Use of English is concerned, it is tested in Parts 2, 3 and 4 of the Reading and Use of English paper. For each correct answer, you get 1 mark in Parts 2 and 3, and 1 to 2 marks in Part 4. There is a maximum score of 28 points (8 + 8 + 12) in total.
Secondly, once you calculated the total number of points, all you have to do is divide it by the total number of questions of the paper, and multiply the result by 100.
Example: you got 24 points out of 28. (24 : 28) x 100 -> 0.8571 x 100 = 85.71% -> 86%.
Finally, open the Cambridge English Scale Score Converter, select “Proficiency taken before 2015” from the drop-down menu, type your result in the box, and Bob’s your uncle! 😊
Method 2: Using an Excel spreadsheet
This is definitely the fastest and easiest method that you can use to find out your score, as it is automatically calculated.
All you have to do is download this file, which can also be used for lower-level exams such as B1 Preliminary, B2 First, and C1 Advanced. The file is divided into four sections (PET, FCE, CAE, and CPE). Not only is it possible to know the score for each paper, but also your overall score, if you take a full practice test.