B2 First (FCE)

B2 First (FCE)

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.

Exam Information

What is Cambridge B2 First (FCE)?

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:

  • scan texts for relevant information
  • make notes while someone is talking, or write a letter including non-standard requests
  • follow a talk on a familiar topic
  • keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics

Who takes Cambridge B2 First (FCE)?

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.

Why to take Cambridge B2 First (FCE)?

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.

Format of the exam

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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