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FCE exam information

Cambridge Certificates are acknowledged by employers and education institutions throughout the world.

FCE is the First Cambridge certificate to give you access to a variety of universities and is recognised by private and public sector employers throughout the English-speaking world. You can search the recognition database for up-to-date lists of organisations which officially accept FCE on Cambridge Esol Examinations.

The certificate has no expiration date and is valid for life.

The exam is set at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) recognises the ability to deal confidently with a range of written and spoken communications.

If you are not sure which exam is right for you, you can test your English at English Academy during one of our registration periods. Our test will give you an idea of your English level and tell you which Cambridge ESOL exam might be the most appropriate for you.

EXAM FORMAT

The Cambridge exams cover the four language skills - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. They include a range of tasks which assess your ability to use English. The Cambridge exams assess your ability to communicate effectively and accurately in English in a wide range of situations for almost any purpose.

Paper

Content

Marks
(% of total)

Purpose

Reading and Use of English 
(1 hour 15 minutes)

7 parts/52 questions

40%

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.

Writing
(1 hour 20 minutes)

2 parts

20%

Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews and essays.

Listening
(about 40 minutes)

4 parts/30 questions

20%

Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.

Speaking
(14 minutes per pair of candidates)

4 parts

20%

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.

RESULTS

Results are issued approximately two months after the date of the written exams. Certificates are sent to successful candidates approximately one month after results are issued. You can access your results through the Cambridge ESOL Results Online website. Results Online access details are provided by exam centres.

All candidates who register at English Аcademy will receive their certificates from us. 

Your score is based on your total score in all five papers and is shown as a percentage between 0 and 100.

Your grade depends on the score you achieve:

Grade

Score %

CEFR level

A

80 - 100% (180-190 points)

C1

B

75 - 79% (173-179 points)

B2

C

60 - 74% (160-172 points)

B2

CEFR Level B1

45 - 59% (140-159 points)

B1

EXTENDED CERTIFICATION

The Extended Certification aims at giving many candidates additional credit for the language skills they have demonstrated in a Cambridge ESOL examination. Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond B2 level.

  • First Certificate in English Level C1 - Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond B2 level. If you achieve grade A in your exam, you will receive the First Certificate in English stating that you demonstrated ability at Level C1.
  • First Certificate in English Level B2 - If you achieve grade B or C in your exam, you will be awarded the First Certificate in English at Level B2.
  • Level B1 certificate - If your performance is below Level B2, but falls within Level B1, we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at B1 level.

For further information about Cambridge Exams visit Cambridge ESOL website.