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.
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.
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.
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 ResultsThis 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.