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Cambridge’s most popular qualification, accepted by thousands of businesses and educational institutions worldwide.
A Cambridge English: First (FCE) qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English.
Cambridge English: First (FCE) is a test of all areas of language ability.
The updated exam (for exam sessions from January 2015) is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.
The Speaking test is taken face to face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.
Reading and Use of English
Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with tasks that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.
(1 hour 20 minutes)
Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews and essays.
(about 40 minutes)
Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.
(14 minutes per pair of candidates)
Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face to face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.
Here you will find exam dates for Cambridge English: First. You take the Reading and Use of English, Writing, and Listening papers on the same day. You will take the Speaking test up to several days before or after the other papers.
In order to Download FREE Paper-based and Computer-based sample tests, please go to the following link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/first/preparation/
On the page you can also find:
From January 2015, Cambridge English: First (FCE) results will be reported on the new Cambridge English Scale (replacing the candidate profile and standardised scores used before 2015).
You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English, giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.
All candidates receive a Statement of Results, and if you are successful in the exam you will also receive a certificate.
Depending on which university, college or organisation you are applying to, you may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill. For Cambridge English: First, the following scores will be used to report results:
The exam is targeted at Level B2 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above B2 (Level C1) and the level below (Level B1).
Scores between 122 and 139 are also reported for Cambridge English: First. You will not receive a certificate, but your Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on your Statement of Results.
The relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in Cambridge English: First is illustrated below:
Your Statement of Results contains the following information:
Certificates are normally sent to exam centres within three months of the exam. Please contact your centre if you need to know the specific date. Your certificate can be awarded at different levels, depending on your achievement.
Cambridge English: First – Level C1
Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond B2 level. If you achieve a scale score of 180–190 (grade A) in your exam, you will receive the First Certificate in English stating that you demonstrated ability at Level C1.
Cambridge English: First – Level B2
If you achieve a scale score of 160–179 (grade B or C) in your exam, you will be awarded the First Certificate in English at Level B2.
Level B1 certificate
We believe it is important to recognise your achievement, even if you do not reach Level B2. If your performance is below Level B2, but falls within Level B1 (scale score 140–159), we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at Level B1.
Yes, the fastest way for you to get your exam results is to sign up for the Cambridge English FREE online results service. Please request more information when you register.
You can let employers, universities or other organisations check your results online.
Just send them your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number (printed on your Confirmation of Entry) and they can check your results quickly, easily and securely online at www.cambridgeenglish.org/verifiers
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