Cambridge English: First ( FCE)

Difficulty level: B2 /Upper Intermediate
The First Certificate in English is the most important of the Cambridge exams.

What is the Cambridge First test like?
The test has four sections:

  1. Reading & Use of English -75 minutes
  2. Writing - 2 essays, 80 minutes
  3. Listening - 40 minutes
  4. Speaking - interview, normally with another candidate, 14 minutes

Paper-based or computer-based exams
You can do the FCE exam on a computer or on paper.

A, B, C (pass), D, E or U (fail)
FCE A grade pass is accepted for entry to some universities

B2 / Upper intermediate. Click here to see a comparison of FCE scores with other exams.

Where do I take the test?
Arrange with your closest test centre.

When can I take the test?
The FCE test can be taken most months in either paper-based or computer-based format. The paper-based test can be taken in March, May, June, August and December. The computer-based test can be taken in February, April, July, August and November. Not all test centres will administer both types of test.

How much does it cost to take FCE?
Fees are set by test centres. Expect to pay around €160 euros.