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Czech Language Certificate Exam

The Czech Language Certificate Exam has been developed by the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies of Charles University in Prague. The CCE is for international students and other foreigners aged 16 and above who are required to prove their Czech language proficiency.  The Czech Certificate Exam helps you with the university admissions procedure and your career. The CCE is offered at 5 levels of proficiency and corresponds to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CCE 5 levels are:
  • CCE–A1
  • CCE–A2
  • CCE–B1
  • CCE–B2
  • CCE–C1
At each of the 5 proficiency levels, the Czech Language Certificate Exam tests the communicative proficiency attained in conformity with the criteria stated in the CEFR.

Recognition of CCE

The CCE exam is recognised and accepted by the many of the higher education institutions in the Czech Republic, and by Czech and foreign employers as well. To know about the universities which recognise the CCE, click here   

Exam Structure 

The CCE exam has five parts:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Grammar/Lexical text (for B2 and C1 levels only)
  • Writing
  • Speaking

Level A1

This level determines the candidate’s ability to understand and use the basic expressions and phrases in daily life. This level indicates that candidate can introduce him/herself and can interact in the language at a slow pace. This level comprises of 4 parts:
  •  Reading Comprehension & Writing: This part is of 60 minutes
  • Listening Comprehension: This part is of 20–25 minutes
  • Speaking:  In this each person is given 5–7 minutes to speak

Level A2

This level indicates that the candidate can understand sentences and frequently used expressions and phrases, and can communicate and describe in simple terms.
  • Reading Comprehension: This part lasts for 45 minutes
  • Listening Comprehension: This part is given 20–25 minutes
  • Writing: This part requires 40 minutes
  • Speaking: 12 minutes (per pair of candidates)

Level B1

This level indicates that the candidate can deal with situations where the language is spoken, can understand and use the language in everyday or familiar matters, and can describe events and experiences in the language.
  • Reading Comprehension: This part lasts for 50 minutes
  • Listening Comprehension: This part is given 30–35 minutes
  • Writing: This part requires 60 minutes
  • Speaking: 15-18 minutes (per pair of candidates)

Level B2

This level indicates that the candidate can interact in the language with some fluency and spontaneity, and also express his/her opinions clearly.
  • Reading Comprehension: This part lasts for 40 minutes
  • Listening Comprehension: This part is given 30–35 minutes
  • Grammar/lexical: This part is of 30 minute
  • Writing: This part requires 80 minutes
  • Speaking: 18-21 minutes (per pair of candidates)

Level C1

This level indicates that the candidate understand and express ideas fluently and spontaneously. The candidate can even use language flexibly and effectively. 
  • Reading Comprehension: This part lasts for 50 minutes
  • Listening Comprehension: This part is given 30–35 minutes
  • Grammar/lexical: This part is of 50 minute
  • Writing: This part requires 90 minutes
  • Speaking: 21-26 minutes (per pair of candidates)

To decide the level for which you should appear, use the self-evaluation table  that is based on the CECR. 

Registration

Candidates can register for the CCE exam online. Fill out an application form online at the ILPS CU website  and submit. 
Candidates can also register for the exam in person during office hours at the test centre where the examination will take place.  Choose the date and venue of the exam in the exam application form. 
Register for the exam at least 14 days prior to the exam date.

Fees

After you have filled in the online application form, you will get the invoice details via email. Pay the CCE exam fees. The CEE exam fee must be paid at least 7 days before the examination date. The fees vary depending upon the level of proficiency. To know about the fees of the CCE examination, visit ILPS CU website . Candidates are also given discounts on the fees if they are attending Czech language course organised by the ILPS. A group discount of 5% is given for groups of 6 people or more who apply to sit for the examination on the same date. However, the candidates are not required to appear for the examination at the same level of proficiency. 

Examination Centres

The CCE exam is conducted at ILPS CU study centres in the Czech Republic and at a few chosen examination centres abroad, which have a contract with the ILPS CU and have been granted a license to conduct the examination.   
Examination centres overseas-
Examinations are held at the Czech Centres located in Berlin, Kiev, London, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Sofia, Warsaw and Vienna, at Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, University of Naples, LOrientale" and University in Warsaw. 

Dates and Deadlines

To know about the CCE exam dates and deadlines, click here.

Scoring and Results

The pass or fail grades are given. For a passing grade, an overall score of at least 60% must be attained, along with 60% in each of the subtests, and score of 50% in one of the written parts.

At levels A1, A2 and B1, a score of at least 25 points in each subtest, therefore leading to a total of maximum 100 points. At level B2, each part of the test is marked out of 20 points, leading to a total score of 100 points. At C1 level each part of the test is marked out of 30 points and the candidate can score a total of 150 points.

Candidates can check their results online by entering the code and their date of birth, 3 weeks after the date of examination. Click here to view the result. 

Certificate:
Candidates who have passed the exam, i.e. have achieved an overall score of 60% are issued the certificate. The certificate is issued by the ILPS CU in Czech as well as in English within 30 days of the examination. It has no expiration date. Candidates who have appeared for the exam in the Czech Republic get the certificate on the address mentioned on the application form while registering. Candidates who have appeared for the exam abroad, their certificates are sent to the examination centre which oversees their distribution.

Resitting: 
Candidates who do not pass the examination can register to take the exam again at the next available date. In this case, all parts/subtests of the exam are repeated. Candidates must register again and pay the fees. 

Exam Day Essentials

Carry the following essentials with you on the test day:
  • Valid Identification Proof: Can be a passport
  • Proof of payment of the exam fee:  a printout of the on-line banking confirmation 
  • Pencil
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