New versions of the Cambridge English First (FCE) and First for Schools (FCE fS) exams will be introduced in January 2015

01.06.2013

New updated versions of the popular Cambridge English First (FCE) and Cambridge English First for Schools (FCE for Schools) exams will be introduced from January 2015.

The exams have been updated as part of our regular review process which ensures all our exams reflect the latest research into language learning and assessment and also meet the needs of teachers, learners and those who rely on the exam for higher education and employment recruitment.

Key features of the updated exams:

  • four papers instead of five. Reading and Use of English have been combined into a single paper assessing both language knowledge and reading skills. All of the tasks in the current papers have been retained in modified formats in the new Reading and Use of English paper.
  • 30 minutes shorter than the previous examinations. Careful exam design means that the updated exams still assess at exactly the same level, and retain the same language and skills coverage as the current exams.

Exam specifications and sample papers are now available from the Cambridge English website, and online practice tests, handbooks for teachers and other materials to help teachers prepare students for the updated exams will be added later.

New specifications for the Cambridge English: Advanced exam are currently being prepared for publication.

Cambridge English First (FCE):
specifications and sample papers (to download)

Cambridge English First for Schools (FCE fS)

specifications and sample papers (to download)


Source: Cambridge English Language Assessment

 

Key changes at a glance:

These are the key changes to the Cambridge English First (FCE) and Cambridge English First for Schools (FCE for Schools) examination that will be introduced in January 2015.

The updated exam will:

  • have four papers instead of five. Reading and Use of English have been combined into a single paper assessing language knowledge and reading skills. All of the tasks in the current papers have been retained in modified formats in the new Reading and Use of English paper.
  • be approximately 30 minutes shorter than the previous examination. However, careful exam design means that the updated Cambridge English: First still assesses at exactly the same level, and retains the same language and skills coverage as the current exam.
  • feature new tasks and testing focuses in the Writing and Speaking papers.

 
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