Cambridge Qualifications: First (FCE)

B2 First is also called the First Certificate in English (FCE). This general English qualification proves that you can speak and write English well enough to work or study in an English-speaking environment.

B2 First for Schools (FCEfS) is at the same level as B2 First (FCE) and leads to exactly the same internationally accepted certificate. The only difference is that the exam content is targeted at the interests and experiences of schoolchildren.

Level of qualification: Upper intermediate = B2 on the Common European Framework.

Who should take this exam?

You should study for the FCE if you want to work in an English-speaking business, live in an English-speaking country or study a foundation-level or pre-university course taught in English.

Cambridge Qualifications exams are recognised by over 20,000 universities, employers and governments around the world.
B2 First (FCE) is one of the most popular English tests in the world:

  • It is recognized by over 150 educational institutions in Poland and 2 000 foreign universities
  • It is recognized by the best employers: Adidas, Millennium Bank, Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard Poland, KPMG, Siemens sp. z o.o. and many more
  • It grants exemption from lectures and final English language exams at the universities in Poland and allows participation in exchange programmes between universities
  • Combined with the appropriate pedagogical training, it gives the right to teach English in kindergartens and in 1-3 grades of primary schools
  • It is recognised by the Civil Service Office as a confirmation of language qualifications required from Polish civil servants
  • It is recognised by the Ministry of National Education as a confirmation of language qualifications of tour guides and tour leaders
  • It allows undergraduate studies in English in non-English-speaking countries.

Check full list of organisations recognising Cambridge English: First exam. 

How does the exam process work?

There are four parts to the FCE exam. You will complete papers Reading and Use of English, Writing and Listening on the same day. The Speaking may be on a different day. You do the speaking with two examiners and one other candidate.

FCE / FCEFS READING AND USE OF ENGLISH     WRITING LISTENING  SPEAKING
Time allowed 1 hour 15 minutes 1 hour 20 minutes 40 minutes 14 min per 1 pair of cadidates
Marks (% of total) 40% 20% 20% 20%

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • write short reports and emails
  • explain an idea or have a detailed discussion in English
  • understand general English on TV and in newspapers.

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