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Objective Proficiency

Second Edition

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Objective Proficiency

Objective Proficiency Second edition provides official preparation for the revised 2013 Cambridge English: Proficiency exam, also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Objective Proficiency second edition has been fully updated for the revised exam. Its twenty short units provide a wide range of challenging topics, and lively, stimulating exam preparation. Equally, the material presents interesting and motivating material for those studying English at C2-level for career or general purposes. The course covers all parts of the Proficiency exam in detail, providing information, advice and practice to ensure that students are fully prepared for every aspect of the exam. Informed by the Cambridge Learner Corpus, Objective Proficiency includes examples and exercises which tackle typical Proficiency problem areas, making it the most authoritative Proficiency preparation course available. The accompanying software is downloadable from the website. NB. Mac users must install Adobe Air and up-to-date Java software before installation.

Key features

  • Objective Proficiency second edition has been fully revised and updated to prepare students for the revised Cambridge English: Proficiency exam (launch: March 2013).
  • The material has been informed by the Cambridge Learner Corpus, and shows typical mistakes made by candidates in the exam.
  • Authentic language examples, taken from the Cambridge International Corpus, illustrate a wide range of English usage.
  • Short units to maintain students' interest, give a sense of progress, and allow flexible course use.
  • 'Exam Folders' provide helpful practice and advice for each part of the exam.
  • Separate 'Exam Folders' make the course suitable both for students preparing for the Proficiency exam, and for those needing C2 general English study material,
  • 10 'Writing Folders' give extensive support for the writing paper tasks.
  • A 'Grammar Folder', containing explanations and examples, complements the inductive approach taken in lessons.
  • A Self-Study edition is available, providing answers to all the exercises, detailed explanations, highlighted tapescripts and useful cultural background information.
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Authors

Annette Capel, Wendy Sharp, Peter Sunderland, Erica Whettem, Susan Kingsley

Level

Proficiency

English Type

British English

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 6 November 2016

By Sabino
Other

Respectfully speaking, the book is OK. Challenging exercises (specially those of vocabulary), great format and page arrangement. However, grammar section is not really resourceful compared to other preparation books for Cambridge exams. Sample Writing examples should be included.

 26 October 2016

By victorianagarciafuente
Student

Its necesary for my current English course in the UNED school of Madrid

 6 October 2016

By danielcubillos
Full-time teacher

The book and the resources available online are really helpful. Thank you. For the mentally challenged Candidates who cannot find the resources on the website please ask someone who knows how to use the Internet.

 25 September 2016

By CamilaB
Other

Hi there, I tried several times and it's just impossible to run the software. I hope you can help me, otherwise I would ask, please, the cd. Many thanks

 3 September 2016

By sofiaobarco
Student

Objective Proficiency: It is impossible to execute the software.. I send a query to customer services and I hope I'll receive some help.

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Class Audio CDs (2)
 12 August 2016

By stopfallen
Student

I use it for listening and preparing for my future C2 exam. I like it

 3 August 2016

By
Student

I bought this book but I can't find the downloadable software in the given website. Can you please help me to download the software... Thanks in advance.

 3 August 2016

By jotaceo
Student

When you buy the book, you think the audio can be easily downloaded. however, it is sold apart. I have to buy the audio apart. When you look the book cover, you think the audios are available for downloading. Why to sell a book without the audios? It makes no sense unless they intend to fool the buyer. And yes, I feel I´ve been fooled. I do not recommend this book

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Student's Book with Answers with Downloadable Software
 13 July 2016

By alecrescenzi
Teacher

The book seems good, the problem Cambridge does not explain the audio is sold apart. The book is very expensive and now I have to buy the audio. When you look the book cover, you think the audios are available for downloading. Cambridge press fooled me! Ridiculous! I definitely do not recomend this book!

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Student's Book with Answers with Downloadable Software
 3 July 2016

By sdimopoulos
Full-time teacher

Download link is non-existent. Plus, there is no support material such as Vocabulary sheets with the most important words of each unit, Unit Tests or anything else. Seems like a great book but it gives the teacher and the student absolutely nothing as far as support material is concerned. This is not the way, Cambridge...

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Student's Book without Answers with Downloadable Software
 7 April 2016

By MarcelSAndrade
Student

So, it´s a good book, also this will be improve my english level.

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Student's Book with Answers with Downloadable Software
 7 March 2016

By aricostantini
Student

The downloadable software that the book offers through the link inside the book is not working in my mac, plus the installer says it´s broken. I bought the book so I could prepare myself to sit for this exam, and now I can´t even use the audios to practice, nor the whole application. Need to solve this as soon as possible. I´m far behind on my schedule due to this issue, and I can't waste any more time in solving something it should have been easy as 1,2,3.

 6 March 2016

By SarahPerkins
Full-time teacher

The book is good, but the supporting software, which is clearly advertised on the cover, is unusable, making the resources linked to this book unobtainable without paying extra. It is all rather confusing. The whole package is very misleading and not what I would expect from an organisation such as Cambridge. Despite the fact that the book is OK, the misleading nature of the book's cover in relation to the downloadable software results in a one star rating.

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Student's Book Pack (Student's Book with Answers with Downloadable Software and Class Audio CDs (2))
 15 November 2015

By muratgabin
Other

It looks it is very useful material for the people who will prepare for this exam

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Student's Book without Answers with Downloadable Software
 11 November 2015

By RogerioSouto
Graduate Student

No, my mistake. If you open the page of the book and then content, the software is there, so I apologise for my untrue observation, I would erase it, but there is no such option. If you want to download the audio you should register as a teacher, what is unfair, for as far as I know one can always try or need to study by her own. Moreover, the self-study version, as far as I know, was discontinued. Now the material with the supplements seems broader and more substantial. For you to install any software on a mac which does not come from apple appstore you must change the setting of your computer to install software from ANY source. Do not feel afraid, you can only get viruses on a mac via Chrome or Firefo and then you simply unistall them. So I installed easily on my OS Capitan. Windows I have not tried, but it is always easier still.

 11 November 2015

By RogerioSouto
Graduate Student

There is no downloadable material anywhere on this site, Do your search. And it says on the cover of the book it contains it, so it is part of your purchase and one should not pay for the full material if it is no longer available. Cambridge should only change the cover of the book. It betrays mismanagement and lack of respect towards their clients. Whats more, the book is superficial, it is barely enough for a preparation to the exam. And expensive compared to better books on the market. a bitter disappointment.

 27 October 2015

By MiMecenas
Full-time teacher

The audio section is seriously lacking. No CD, no downloadable audio tracks... that means you cannot fully prepare for all the parts of the exam. Very, very disappointing. This will affect my future purchases.

 16 September 2015

By AlexLara
Full-time teacher

Hi. How can I instal the software? It appears to be damaged. Ive read a review from Cambridge in March saying they will fix it and mid September and the problem persists. Whats going on? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

 19 July 2015

By Eritas
Student

Objective Proficiency is, sadly as only Cambridge English preparation book for CPE excluding the Speaking Pack and the past test papers, a comprehensive and helpful self-study tool constituting a great addition to ones learning materials. It is also at least as beneficial as means to improve your general English. In my opinion, you dont actually have to take the CPE to consider buying this book, as you might just as well use it to help you with getting to C2 level. However, lots of reviews on Objective Proficiency are entirely unjustified and irrational. The gist of all of these is basically the lack of fully functioning software, which is a very weak argument. Not only is the software freely accessible, so you dont buy it per se and therefore cant unreasonably insist on a refund because of that, but spending 2 minutes on Google would already solve the problem. At least in my case it did. That is actually one of the most universal solutions for having problems with programmes - using the compatibility mode. Whatever the other reviews, I myself can strongly recommend this book and its appealing contents. But Id be deliriously happy if there was another similarly exhaustive book like there is Objective Advanced AND Complete Advanced for the CAE exam.

 11 July 2015

By NaomiInoue
Other

I am really disappointed about this book. The downloadable software doesnt work at all. Considering the price that I paid for this material I expect more from this reputable company. It´s a complete waste of time and money!!!!

 5 June 2015

By Shailamadrid
Other

The recommended software via the book is unavailable on the site, a complete waste of time and money....I want a refund!

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Student's Book with Answers with Downloadable Software
 3 May 2015

By danutahomann
Full-time teacher

Ive bought this book, however the link suggested to download the software is not available. Where can I find the software? Thanks in advance.

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Student's Book with Answers with Downloadable Software
 25 March 2015

By reyesarpa
Other

I am not able to install the downloadable software on my computer, please help!

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Student's Book with Answers with Downloadable Software
 21 March 2015

By user647866613858
Other

I tried to download the interactive software to my Macbook Pro but it didnt work. I even have the virtual machine Parallels installed on the Macbook Pro this doesnt help either. Please Cambridge University Press, it would be great if you people could fix this. Thanks.

 13 March 2015

By ELTCustomerService
Full-time teacher

AUDIO FOR LISTENING EXERCISES: We are contacting customers individually about their audio queries. Please note that Objective Proficiency is designed primarily as a teacher-led course so the Class Audio CDs are available separately from the Student’s Book. If you are planning to use the course for self-study, the Student’s Book Pack (9781107633681) contains both Student’s Book and Audio CDs. For any difficulties, please contact Customer Services on: directcs@cambridge.org. DOWNLOADABLE SOFTWARE: It has come to our attention that some customers are having difficulty installing the Downloadable Software for this product. We apologise for the inconvenience. We are currently investigating this issue and will have it resolved as soon as possible. - Best wishes, Cambridge Exams Publishing

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Student's Book with Answers with Downloadable Software
 11 March 2015

By fmmarzoa
Other

Downloadable software wont even install in my Mac as the installer is broken, and the audio tracks are not downloadable anywhere. Should I pay EVEN more for purchasing the CDs apart? I am going to try to return this book and reconsider my intention of submitting to such exam. This is not serious at all.

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Student's Book without Answers with Downloadable Software
 11 March 2015

By fmmarzoa
Other

Rip off. The downloadable software wont work even be installed in my Mac because the installer is broken, and the audio tracks for the listening are not downloadable anywhere, it seems you should have to pay for them appart. What a 5hame.

 27 February 2015

By Claudia13
Other

Very bad. Where are the audio tracks?? The downloadable software is not working.

 17 February 2015

By spertuiset
Student

I am very, very disappointed as I failed to download the interactive software which requires a very old version of Java

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Student's Book with Answers with Downloadable Software
 21 January 2015

By pablorivasg
Student

I havent been able to download the recordings after quite a long time...

 30 December 2014

By Rosiebisbis
Other

same here, the downloadable software isn t working either, that is a rip-off considering the price paid for the material! It is also annoying there is no wordlist for this book on this website whereas there are wordlists for other books of the series. It would make things easier for learners. In general I am deeply disappointed that at proficiency level we have very few materials to work on compared to other levels. Proficiency is the poor relation of ELT publishing which is beyond comprehension considering the amount of stuff to learn. Otherwise the book itself is very good for the exam preparation.

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Student's Book with Answers with Downloadable Software
 27 December 2014

By jorch23
Other

yes, its ridiculous that I cant find the Listening files of each Unit..., and now you tell me this, pay more for the Audios, its awesome....

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Student's Book with Answers with Downloadable Software
 19 December 2014

By audrysilva
Student

Not too happy about this book from such a reputable company. Downloadable software doesnt work at all. It is not easy to install as you would suspect, I still havent managed to get it to work. Book doesnt come with the Audio CDs which means that you will need to pay out more than the price of the book for them if you wish to take full advantage of the listening exercises.

 22 November 2014

By Philemon99
Student

Penetrating and thorough, bestewn with numerous exercises to acquaint the candidate for the prominent qualification of Proficiency.

 23 August 2014

By Chef
Other

Very concise,informative and complete book, highly recommended, a must for all CPE Students

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