First Certificate in English (FCE)

Is FCE for you?

FCE is an exam which shows that you can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level. It is an ideal exam for people who want to use English for work or study purposes.

Can you...

If you are working towards acquiring those skills and your level of English currently permits you to do approximately those things, then FCE is probably the right exam for you.

What level is FCE?

FCE is at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). At B2 level, typical users can be expected to:

Your preparation for FCE will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

Cambridge English - Preparation courses

What is on the FCE exam?

There are five papers on the FCE exam:

Reading - 1 hour

You will need to be able to understand information in fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines.

Writing - 1 hour 20 minutes

You will have to show you can produce two different pieces of writing such as a short story, a letter, an article, a report, a review or an essay.

Use of English - 45 minutes

Your use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well you control your grammar and vocabulary.

Listening - 40 minutes

You need to demonstrate your understanding of the meaning of a range of spoken material, including news programmes, speeches, stories and anecdotes and public announcements.

Speaking - 14 minutes

You will take the speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three. You will be tested on your ability to take part in different types of interaction: with the examiner, with the other candidates and by yourself.


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