Cambridge English: First (FCE) and First for Schools (FCEfs)
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British Council

Cambridge English: First is also called the First Certificate in English (FCE) and First Certificate in English for Schools (FCEfs). 

Cambridge English: First for Schools (FCEfs) is at the same level as Cambridge English: First 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.

This general English qualification proves that you can speak and write English well enough to work or study in an English-speaking environment.

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.

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.

How does the exam process work?

There are four parts to the FCE exam. You will complete papers Reading, Writing, Use of English 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 hr 15 mins 1 hr 20 mins 40 mins 14 mins per pair of candidates
Marks (% of total) 40% 20% 20% 20%

Price

EUR 187.00

Dates

 

Note: alterations – June 2020

Please note that the registration period for Cambridge English Assessment exams in the June 2020 session has been extended.

The new "Register by..." dates are as follows:

  • Friday 17 April  2020 (for all exams except B2 FIRST 20 June)
  • Thursday 30 April 2020 (for B2 FIRST 20 June)

Please note also that online registrations have been made available for candidates who wish to enrol for the following exams:

  • in Guarda: A2 KEY, B1 PRELIMINARY, B2 FIRST & C1 ADVANCED
  • in Tomar: A2 KEY, B1 PRELIMINARY & B2 FIRST.

What's the difference...

Almada (1 date in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
06 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020

Coimbra (7 dates in 2020 + 1 FCE for Schools)

Exam date Exam type Register by
07 March 2020 Paper based 10 January 2020
16 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020
09 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
20 June 2020 Paper based 24 April 2020
30 July 2020 Paper based 29 May 2020
10 October 2020 Paper based 14 August 2020
12 December 2020 Paper based 02 October 2020

B2/FCE for schools

Exam date Exam type Register by
23 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020

Funchal (3 dates in 2020 + 1 FCE for Schools)

Exam date Exam type Register by
06 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
20 June 2020 Paper based 24 April 2020
12 December 2020 Paper based 02 October 2020

B2/FCE for schools

Exam date Exam type Register by
06 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020

 

 

Guarda (1 date in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
06 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020

Lisbon (9 dates in 2020 + 2 FCE for Schools)

Exam date Exam type Register by
07 March 2020 Paper based 10 January 2020
07 April 2020 Computer based 06 March 2020
16 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020
09 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
20 June 2020 Paper based 24 April 2020
30 July 2020 Paper based 29 May 2020
25 September 2020 Computer based 07 August 2020
10 October 2020 Paper based 14 August 2020
12 December 2020 Paper based 02 October 2020

B2/FCE for schools

Exam date Exam type Register by
20 May 2020 Computer based 13 March 2020
23 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020

Porto (9 dates in 2020 + 2 FCE for Schools)

Exam date Exam type Register by
07 March 2020 Paper based 10 January 2020
07 April 2020 Computer based 06 March 2020
16 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020
09 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
20 June 2020 Paper based 24 April 2020
30 July 2020 Paper based 29 May 2020
25 September 2020 Computer based 07 August 2020
10 October 2020 Paper based 14 August 2020
12 December 2020 Paper based 02 October 2020

B2/FCE for schools

Exam date Exam type Register by
20 May 2020 Computer based 13 March 2020
23 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020

Setubal (2 FCE for Schools only)

B2/FCE for schools

Exam date Exam type Register by
20 May 2020 Computer based 13 March 2020
23 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020

Tomar (1 date in 2020 + 1 FCE for Schools)

Exam date Exam type Register by
06 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020

B2/FCE for schools

Exam date Exam type Register by
06 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020

More information:

B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE)
Information to Candidates 

B2 First for Schools, formerly known as Cambridge English: First for Schools
Information to Candidates