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Updated: Feb 2, 2018



Cambridge English: First ( FCE)

Difficulty level: B2 /Upper Intermediate

The First Certificate in English is the most important of the Cambridge exams.

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.

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

Level: 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.


Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Difficulty level: C1 / advanced  If you can communicate with confidence in English for work or study purposes, this is the exam for you. CAE is taken by more than 60,000 people each year in more than 60 countries.

CAE is one of the Cambridge exams. The test has four sections:

  1. Reading & Use of English - 90 minutes

  2. Writing - 2 tasks , 90 minutes

  3. Listening - 40 minutes, 30 questions

  4. Speaking - interview, normally with another candidate, 15 minutes

Score: A, B, C (pass), D, E or U (fail) CAE pass is accepted for entry to some universities.

The Reading and Use of English section counts for 40% of the marks.

The Writing, Listening & Speaking sections each count for 20% of the marks.

You will receive a Statement of Results. If your performance ranges between CEFR Levels B2 and C2, you will also receive a certificate. Pass grades:  Grade A (C2), Grade B (C1), Grade C (C1)

If you do not pass, but still do reasonably well you are issued a B2 certificate.

Level:

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

When can I take the test? Arrange with your closest test centre. The CAE test can be taken most months in either paper-based or computer-based format. Not all test centres will administer both types of test.

How much does it cost to take CAE? Fees are set by test centres. Expect to pay around €150 euros.


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