Cambridge B2 First (FCE) uses real-life situations designed to help you communicate more effectively and learn the skills to take you to your next level of success.
Cambridge B2 First (FCE) is an official Cambridge English qualification at upper-intermediate level, requiring competence in all the language skills set at Level B2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
At B2 level typical users can:
Cambridge B2 First (FCE) formerly known as the “First Certificate”, is the most widely taken exam Cambridge English Exam in Switzerland. Cambridge B2 First (FCE) is used as a school-leaving exam at almost all educational levels (Secondary School, KV, Gymnasium, higher education such as Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences).
B2 First (FCE) is also used in the corporate sector. B2 First (FCE) is an asset to every CV and improves every application where English language skills are required.
Cambridge B2 First (FCE) is recognised as an entry or school-leaving qualification at various educational levels (e.g. KV M-Profile, Gymnasium, institutions of higher education, etc.). Many companies today require Cambridge B2 First (FCE) as a minimum requirement in regard to English language competence and, therefore, recognise Cambridge B2 First (FCE) as a reliable qualification.
You can take your Cambridge exam in two ways: on a computer or on paper.
|Paper||Content||Marks (%of total)||Purpose|
|Reading and Use of English (1 hour 15 minutes)||7 parts/52 questions||40%||Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with tasks that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.|
|Writing (1 hour 20 minutes)||2 parts||20%||Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews and essays.|
|Listening (about 40 minutes)||4 parts/30 questions||20%||Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.|
|Speaking (14 minutes per pair of candidates)||4 parts||20%||Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face to face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.|
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