If your wish list includes work, study or immigration then consider taking Cambridge English: First; it is a passport to many countries of the world as it is accepted by many renowned universities and employers. Exam is proof of your abilities to use routine written and spoken English for study, immigration and work-related purposes. Cambridge English: First is also known by the UK Home Office for all four categories of visa for immigration to the UK.
Cambridge English exams can be taken from 2800 centers across 130 countries of the world.
Cambridge English: First is also recognized as the First Certificate in English (FCE) is an upper-intermediate English language examination offered by Cambridge English Language Assessment that concentrates on Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Cambridge English exams are acknowledged by over 15,000 higher education institutions, employers, and governments worldwide. To know about the institutions and organizations that accepts Cambridge English: First, go to website: www.cambridgeenglish.org.
Dates and Deadlines
The Cambridge English: First exam is available in two formats: paper-based and computer-based. You can sit for the paper-based FCE exam in the months of March, May, June, August, and December, and for the computer-based FCE exam in the months of February, April, July, August, and November.
Both the variants of FCE comprise of 5 tests, each test values 20% of the total marks. The 5 tests are- Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, and Use of English.
Test 1- Reading
The Reading test has three sections and its worth is 20% of the total marks. It includes texts of about 550-700 words. Candidates are asked to read and interpret the texts taken from variety of sources such as magazines, newspapers, reports, fiction, advertisements, websites and information booklets and exhibit their reading skills. They are required to abstract the meaning of the text and extract the important and appropriate information out of it.Section 1:
Consists of a text of considerable length. It has 8 multiple-choice questions.Section 2:
Comprises of a missing words or text exercise.Section 3:
Consists of multiple-matching tasks which call for finding specific information in a long text or several short texts to answer a few questions.
Test 2- Writing
The Writing test comprises of 2 sections-Section 1:
Includes one compulsory question. Candidates are asked to compose a letter or an email of about 120-150 words, using the information from an input text such as an article, notice, booklet, or letter. •Section 2:
In this section, candidates are given 5 choices and are asked to write on one of the given choices. They need to frame an article, letter (formal or informal), report, or a review in about 120 to 180 words. Two of the texts choices are taken from a book/script or film that the candidate has already studied.
- Total Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Test 3- Use of English
The Use of English paper tests a candidate’s basic knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and has four sections. Sections 1 to 3 involve texts with missing words or phrases, while section 4 comprises of sentence-based tasks. The Sections 1 and 3 test knowledge of lexicon, whereas the Sections 2 and 4 test syntactic and semantics along with the vocabulary.
- Total Duration: 45 minutes
In this section, a text with some missing words or phrases with 4 choices are given to the candidates and they are required to choose the best possible answer from the choices. One mark is given for each correct response.
- No. of questions: 12
- Type of questions: Multiple-choice
In this section, an extract or passage with some missing words is given. The candidates have to determine the right word for each gap. It basically tests the grammatical skills and vocabulary of the candidates. One mark is given for each correct response.
- No. of questions: 12
- Type of questions: Multiple-choice
In this section, a text with some missing words is given. The candidate has to modify the ‘prompt’ word that is given at the end of the line in some way to make the missing word and therefore, complete the sentence correctly. One mark is given for each correct response.Section 4:
Consists of a sentence followed by a key word and a second sentence which has a missing word in it. The candidate is required to fill out the second sentence so that the meaning comes out to be the same as the first sentence, using a maximum of 5 words including the key word. Two marks are given for each correct response.
Test 4- Listening
The Listening paper comprises of 4 sections and includes a mix of soliloquy and conversations taken from different sources, such as news or radio programs, lectures, and public statements or notice. In this paper, Candidates need to exhibit their listening skills required for daily uses.
- Total Duration: 40 minutes
Consists of a series of short, distinct recordings of about 30 seconds apiece. The candidate is asked to listen to the recordings and answer one multiple-choice question, which has three choices, for each recording. One mark is given for each right response.Section 2:
Consists of a monologue or a recording with two or more speakers of about 3 minutes. Candidates are required to listen to the recordings and complete the sentences using information from the recordings. One mark is given for each correct response.Section 3:
Consists of a series of statements and brief monologues interconnected of about 30 seconds each. Candidates are required to listen to the recordings carefully and choose the statement that best matches what each speaker says. Section 4:
Consists of a monologue or recording with two or more speakers lasting about 3 minutes. Candidates are required to listen to the recordings carefully and answer multiple-choice questions having 3 choices.
Test 5- Speaking
The Speaking paper is divided into 4 sections including a face-to-face conversation or discourse with two examiners. Candidates need to take part in discussions, state their point of views, exchange thoughts and arrive at a decision.
- Total duration: 14 minutes
Includes a little talk with the examiner. The examiner will ask the candidate few questions about their lives, concentrating on matters such as job, leisure activities and future plans. Candidates are required to answer to the examiner’s questions, thereby giving basic personal information about themselves. Time allotted for this section is 3 minutes.Section2:
Candidates are required to speak for 1 minute without gap or interference. Each candidate is required to compare two colour photographs and make a statement or opinion about the photographs in response to a task read out by the examiner and a prompt question written above the photos. The listening candidate is required to provide his/her opinion after their teammate’s long-turn.Section 3:
Includes a two-way conversation of about 3 minutes between the candidates. The candidates are given verbal instructions and pictures, which are applied in a decision-making task. They are required to talk with other candidates, express and defend their point of views, and reach to a decision.Section 4:
Includes a discourse of about 4 minutes between the candidates and the examiner on topics associated to the collective task in section 3. The examiner asks questions which boost the candidates to expand and talk around the topics presented in section 3.
Abide by the steps to register for Cambridge English: First examination-
Step 1 - Find an examination centre near you.
Step 2 – Get in touch with your examination or testing centre. They will brief you about the registration process, fees and the preparation courses available in your region.
Step 3 – Apply as per the instructions given by the exam centre near you. Select the date and mode of examination, i.e. paper-based or computer-based. There are more than 2,800 examination centres around the world where candidates can appear for the exam.