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Czech Language Certificate Exam (CCE) - General Information

ENROLMENT AND ADMISSION TO THE EXAMINATION

1. CHOOSE AND EXAM LOCATION

Apart from the Czech Republic, you can take the exam in more than 15 other countries.

2. COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

Applicants for the CCE exam in the Czech Republic must enrol at least 3 weeks before the examination date. Applicants for the CCE exam abroad must enrol by the date set by the foreign examination centre.

After sending the online form, you will receive an e-mail with confirmation and useful information, including instructions for payment of the exam fee.

3. PAY THE FEE FOR THE EXAM

The fee for the exam in the Czech Republic must be paid no later than 7 days after submitting the application form. Proof of payment for the CCE examination must be presented at registration on the day of the examination.

Level A1: 2 800 CZK
Level A2: 3 000 CZK
Level B1: 3 300 CZK
Level B2: 3 500 CZK
Level C1: 3 800 CZK

The full amount due (excluding bank or transfer fees) is to be credited to the recipient's bank account - UJOP UK (ILPS CU), i.e. the payer is responsible for all the fees connected with the bank transfer.

The amount may be paid in euro according to the applicable currency exchange rates at CNB (Czech National Bank).

EXAM FEE DISCOUNT IN CZECH REPUBLIC  
Students of daytime Czech courses at UJOP UK. 500 CZK
Graduates of daytime Czech courses at UJOP UK.
The discount applies only for the next CCE exam date after completing the course.
500 CZK
A group discount is available for groups of 6 people or more who apply to take the examination on the same date in the Czech Republic, however, they do not need to sit the exam at the same proficiency level. 5% off the exam price

Payment Instructions

Account No. (in CZK only): 107-8145640267/0100
IBAN (in CZK only): CZ53 0100 0001 0781 4564 0267

Variable symbol: 42205
Specific symbol: unique application form code
Constant symbol: 0308
Message for beneficiary: your first name and surname

 

Account No. (in EUR only): 27-1838690257/0100
IBAN (in EUR only): CZ94 0100 0000 2718 3869 0257
Bank charges paid: OUR (payer is responsible for all the fees connected with the bank transfer)

Bank: Komerční banka, Na Příkopě 33, 114 07 Praha 1
BIC (SWIFT): KOMBCZPPXXX
Account name: UK ÚJOP, Vratislavova 29/10, 128 00 Praha 2

Cancellation or Transfer of the Application to Another Term

Until the online applications for the given term are closed:

  1. If the application is cancelled, the non-repayable registration fee amounting CZK 500 will be deducted from the paid amount and it will be used for payment of a cancellation fee.
  2. The transfer of an application to another term is possible only after paying a manipulation fee amounting CZK 500.

After the online applications for the given term are closed, it is not possible to cancel or transfer the application.

After the online applications are closed and in case the absence is documented by a medical confirmation:

  1. If the application is cancelled, the non-repayable registration fee amounting CZK 500 will be deducted from the paid amount and it will be used for payment of a cancellation fee.
  2. The transfer of an application to another term is possible only after paying a manipulation fee amounting CZK 500.
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ABOUT THE EXAM: Exam characteristics

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Exam characteristics

The Czech Language Certificate Exam for foreigners verifies all five levels of achieved communication competency in accordance with the criteria specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The quality of the CCE exam is verified by the Q mark, awarded by the international organisation ALTE to examinations which have successfully passed the audit and meet the 17 minimum quality standards.

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Parts of the exam

The exam consists of several parts. The length and content of the individual exam subjects depends on the level you choose.
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Level Reading Comprehension Listening Comprehension Grammar/lexical test Writing Speaking*
A1 + Writing 60 minutes 20–25 minutes none in the Reading Comprehension part 5–7 minutes (per person)
A2 45 minutes 20–25 minutes none 40 minutes 12 minutes (per pair)
B1 50 minutes 30–35 minutes none 60 minutes 15–18 minutes (per pair)
B2 40 minutes 30–35 minutes 30 minutes 80 minutes 18–21 minutes (per pair)
C1 50 minutes 30–35 minutes 50 minutes 90 minutes 21–26 minutes (per pair)

* The order of candidates for the oral part of the exam is determined by a draw. The exam ends at latest by 7 p.m.

There are breaks between the individual subtests of the written part of the exam.

 

Which level should I enrol for?

List of the universities which recognise the CCE exam Seznam univerzit a fakult Seznam univerzit a fakult Self assessment grid

You may find a list of the universities which recognise the CCE exam here.

The CCE–B2 a CCE–C1 exam is recognised for demonstrating Czech language skills among civil servants who are applying for employment. More information is available in Act No. 234/2014 Coll., on civil service and MŠMT Decree No. 175/2015 Coll.

For pedagogical staff (teachers-foreigners), the level of Czech language skills is not stipulated by law. It is generally decided by the principal of the specific school where the applicant wishes to work.

When deciding on the level to apply for, use the self assessment grid based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You may find the translation of the grid in many other languages ​​here.

The European Language Portfolio will also help you with self-evaluation.

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BEFORE THE EXAM: How to prepare for CCE exam?

1. READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Examination Regulations 2016 (PDF)

Guidelines for Candidates (PDF)

2. TRY THE SAMPLE EXAMS

Sample Exam CCE–A1 (PDF) Sample Listening CCE–A1 (MP3)
Sample Exam CCE–A2 (PDF) Sample Listening CCE–A2 (MP3)
Sample Exam CCE–B1 (PDF) Sample Listening CCE–B1 (MP3)
Sample Exam CCE–B2 (PDF) Sample Listening CCE–B2 (MP3)
Sample Exam CCE–C1 (PDF) Sample Listening CCE–C1 (MP3)

 

3. BUY ADDITIONAL SAMPLE TESTS

Pečený, P. a kol.: Připravujeme se k Certifikované zkoušce z češtiny - úroveň B1 (CCE-B1). Praha: Karolinum, 2013. ISBN 978-80-246-2066-4.

Kotková, R. - Nováková, J. - Vodičková, K.: Připravujeme se k Certifikované zkoušce z češtiny - úroveň B2 (CCE-B2). Praha: Karolinum, 2016. 978-80-246-2480-8.

Vydání cvičné sady pro CCE–A2 se připravuje.

 

4. PRACTICE CCE EXAMINATION

Within the practice CCE exam, you will try a test that has not been published, i.e. it is not among the sample tests or in any of the "Připravujeme se k Certifikované zkoušce z češtiny" publications.

5. APPLY FOR OUR PREPARATORY COURSE

The course is suitable for all applicants who have attained level B1, B2 or C1 in Czech and want to apply for the CCE exam. Taking the course is not a condition for enrolling for the exam, but it considerably increases your chances of successfully passing it..

 

6. VIEW THE  RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS FOR THE PUBLIC

The overview of textbooks and other recommended materials is merely an overview of the publications often used by students and teachers.

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ON THE EXAM DATE: How is the exam conducted?

1. REGISTRATION

On the day of the test you must arrive for registration at least 30 minutes before the start of the exam.

Don't forget to bring:

  • a valid international identification document (passport)
  • evidence of payment for the exam

 

2. WRITTEN AND ORAL PART OF THE EXAM

The written and oral parts of the exam are generally conducted on one day. The length of the written and oral parts depends on the level.

* The precise times of the subtests are available here. There are breaks between the individual subtests of the written part of the exam.

**If the number of enrolled candidates does not allow the oral part of the exam to end at latest by 7 p.m. for all candidates, the oral part of the exam will be conducted for all candidates of the given level on the following day. Candidates will be informed of this fact via e-mail after registration for the given date is closed.

The order of candidates for the oral part of the examination is set by a random draw and cannot be altered. The exam ends at latest by 7 p.m. for the last candidate.

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AFTER THE EXAM: When will I get the results?

For a 'pass' mark, it is necessary to achieve an overall score of at least 60%, as well as in each individual subtest.

The results will be posted within 30 days after the exam date here.

Successful candidates will be mailed certificates within 7 weeks after the exam date. If a candidate does not receive his/her certificate within 7 weeks of sitting the exam, he/she is advised to contact the secretariat RTC ILSP CU.

Sample certificate

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Recognition

The examination is recognized by most Czech and foreign employers and by some universities and colleges. It can help you for entrance examinations, improve your career and measure your progress in Czech.

You may find a list of the universities which recognise the CCE exam here.

The CCE–B2 a CCE–C1 exam is recognised for demonstrating Czech language skills among civil servants who are applying for employment. More information is available in Act No. 234/2014 Coll., on civil service and MŠMT Decree No. 175/2015 Coll.

For pedagogical staff (teachers-foreigners), the level of Czech language skills is not stipulated by law. It is generally decided by the principal of the specific school where the applicant wishes to work.

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Exam authors and research

Membership

The Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies represents Charles University as a full and exclusive Czech member of ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe).

Our institution is a member of the international testing associations EALTA a ILTA.

Many of our employees are members of other accredited organizations such as the Association of Teachers of Czech as a Foreign Language, the Linguistic Association of the Czech Republic, the Linguistic Association, the Czech and Slovak Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages in Higher Education, AATSEEL a International Association of Teachers of Czech.

Creating exam variants

We prepare a unique exam variant for each exam date. The exam variants are composed of tasks that have been pretested and have met the previously defined quality parameters in terms of content and psychometric features. Each task undergoes an expert assessment and estimation of the cut off score.

We compose the exam variants of these tasks, so that the cut off score is as close as possible to the stipulated cut off score of each subtest, meaning 60%. If the subtest thus composed, respectively its marginal cut off score, differs from the stipulated 60% by one or more points, the resulting score of all the tested candidates will be subject to linear transformation, meaning conversion to the model (reference) scale.

As from 1 January, 2016, candidates who reach the minimum success score of 60% in each subtest of the CCE examination will pass the examination. Therefore, the previously-allowed minimum success rate of 50% in one of the written subtests can no longer be accepted.

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