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Cambridge English: First (FCE)

FCE is an exam which shows that you can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level. It is an ideal exam for people who want to use English for work or study purposes.

When and where can you take First Certificate?

Exam venues

We have exam centres in Barcelona, Mataró, Palma de Mallorca, Sabadell, Tarragona, Terrassa and Zaragoza -- and we also offer exams in other towns such as Castelldefels and Vilanova (etcetera).

At some of our centres, you can choose either the traditional paper-based exam or the computer-based (CB) test and there are also special "for schools" editions.

Dates and enrolment

You can take First Certificate at least one of our centres nearly every month of the year. Matriculation is currently open for these sessions:

Paper-based FCE

Computer-based FCE

FCE for schools

Price and payment

2017: €188. You can pay either online (see Enrolment link, above) or in person at any of our centres. Contact us if you need assistance!

Important

Note that oral exams can be from up to two weeks before the written exams until the following day, including Saturdays.

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Barcelona

Courses | 93 268 45 11

Mataró

Courses | 93 796 01 25

Palma Mallorca

Courses | 971 726 408

Sabadell

Courses | 93 725 70 00

Tarragona

Courses | 977 23 4004

Terrassa

Courses | 93 788 84 62

Zaragoza

Courses | 976 565 255

Are you ready to take First Certificate?

What level is FCE?

FCE corresponds to Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) | More about the different levels

At B2 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing
  • keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
  • produce clear, detailed writing, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view

Your preparation for FCE will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

Is it for you?

Can you...

  • understand texts from a wide variety of sources?
  • use English to make notes while someone is speaking in English?
  • talk to people about a wide variety of topics?
  • understand people talking in English on radio or television programmes?

If you are working towards acquiring those skills and your level of English currently permits you to do approximately those things, then FCE is probably the right exam for you.

Are you ready?

The best way to find out if you're ready to take the exam is to come and do a full level test, including an oral test.

You can do this (free of charge, no commitment!) at any of our centers.

What you'll find on the exam

Paper 1

Reading and Use of English
1 hour 15 minutes

For the Use of English section of this paper, you will be tested by tasks which show how well you control your grammar and vocabulary. For the Reading part, you will need to be able to understand information in fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines.

Paper 2

Writing
1 hour 20 minutes

The first part of the writing paper is obligatory. In this section you have to write an essay – based on the title and some notes that have been provided for you. In the second part of the writing paper, you have a choice. You can write an email or letter, article, review, report.

Paper 3

Listening
40 minutes

You need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of spoken material, including news programmes, speeches, stories and anecdotes and public announcements.

Paper 4

Speaking
14 minutes

You will take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three, and you will be tested on your ability to take part in different types of interaction: with the examiner, with the other candidates and by yourself.