First Certificate in English (FCE) for Schools is an English language qualification at B2 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The test demonstrates that pupils are able to communicate at an upper intermediate level in English. Preparing for the test equips learners with real-life language skills that can be used to communicate at a high level with native and non-native speakers of English in both work and everyday life situations.
The exam has been designed for students aged between 11 and 14 and uses topics specifically targeted at the interests and experience of school pupils. FCE is globally recognised by universities, employers and governments.
Level of qualification: Upper Intermediate = B2 on the Common European Framework.
Who should take this exam?
You should study for the FCE for Schools if you want to work in an English-speaking environment, live in an English-speaking country or study a foundation-level or pre-university course taught in English.
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.
What is the exam format?
There are four parts to the FCE for School exam. You will complete papers Reading and use of English, Writing and Listening on the same day. The Speaking may be on the same or a different day. You do the speaking part with two examiners and one other candidate.
|FCE for Schools
||READING AND USE OF ENGLISH
||1 hr 15 mins
||1 hr 20 mins
||7 parts/52 questions
||4 parts/30 questions