FCE Exam -‘The First’

Cambridge English: First, often called the FCE exam is a test for people who need to prove they can use everyday written and spoken English.

FCE Exam students from the Central English School students visit the Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare.

The FCE exam is set at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

B2 is the level of English that you need to:

  • start working in English
  • study at an upper intermediate level

Passing the Cambridge FCE shows that you are getting skilled in English. For example, at B2 level users can:

  • understand the main ideas of a complex piece of writing
  • hold a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics. B2 level users can express opinions and present arguments
  • produce clear, detailed writing. B2 level users can express opinions and explain the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view.

Simply preparing for the FCE will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

World-class recognition

The FCE is a truly international exam. It is recognised by thousands of employers and, as importantly, it is accepted by a wide range of colleges and universities.

The exam has four papers. See the green table for the format of the test.

Your results

The FCE gives detailed, meaningful results. All candidates will receive a Statement of Results and candidates whose performance ranges between CEFR Levels C1 and B1 will also get a certificate.

Statement of Results

This document outlines:
  • Your score on the Cambridge English Scale for each of the four papers
  • Your score on the Cambridge English Scale for the overall exam
  • A grade (A, B, C, Level B1) for the overall exam
  • Your CEFR level for the overall exam

For more details on the FCE, or to understand your results better, you can visit the Cambridge English website.