The FCE, or Cambridge English: First, also known as the First Certificate in English, is an English exam for upper-intermediate learners. It is offered by Cambridge Assessment English, an organization affiliated with the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. The FCE is internationally recognized and valued by employers, universities, and governmental organizations worldwide.
The FCE is designed to assess English language skills at an upper-intermediate level (B2) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The exam aims to test candidates' English skills in various everyday, academic, and professional situations.
The FCE exam consists of four sections:
• Reading and Use of English: This section evaluates reading comprehension and mastery of grammar and vocabulary. It includes exercises on text comprehension, text reformulation, text completion, etc.
• Writing: This section evaluates the ability to write different types of texts in English, such as essays, reports, letters, and articles.
• Listening: This section evaluates the ability to understand English audio recordings on various topics, such as conversations, interviews, presentations, and announcements.
• Speaking: This section evaluates the ability to effectively communicate in English during discussions, presentations, and other oral communication activities.
Candidates are assessed based on their performance in each section and receive an overall score. Obtaining the FCE certificate demonstrates a good command of English at an upper-intermediate level, which can be beneficial for studies, career advancement, and traveling abroad. FCE exams are offered multiple times a year at authorized test centers worldwide.