Cambridge English: First (FCE) is an examination at upper-intermediate level, requiring competence in all the language skills set at Level B2 of the Council of Europe's Common Framework of Reference for Languages.
At B2 level typical users can:
scan texts for relevant information
can 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 English: First (FCE)?
Cambridge English: First (FCE) formerly known as the “First Certificate”, is the most widely taken exam Cambridge English Exam in Switzerland. Cambridge English: 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). Cambridge English: First (FCE) is also used in the corporate sector. Cambridge English: First (FCE) is an asset to every CV and improves every application where English language skills are required.
How is Cambridge English: First (FCE) recognised?
Cambridge English: 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 English: First (FCE) as a minimum requirement in regard to English language competence and, therefore, recognise Cambridge English: First (FCE) as a reliable qualification.
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.
Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face to face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.
Answer keys to the sample papers can be downloaded here.
Please click here for further details about the exam format.
Flexible Test Options
The Cambridge English: First (FCE) exam can be taken as a standard test (paper-based / PB) or as a computer-based (CB) exam. The exam content is exactly the same, it is only the delivery mode (paper-based / computer-based) which is different. There are different dates and exam locations for the PB or CB exams.
“Road to SEK II – Teen Future” was developed to give students in secondary schools across Switzerland the opportunity to obtain a Cambridge Certificate, even if the school does not prepare students for Cambridge Exams.
In 2009 Swiss Exams opened the first permanent Cambridge Exams CB lab in Winterthur, to be followed by Chur in 2010, Zurich and Basel in 2012. In 2013 and 2014 the first two mobile CB labs were put into operation for Lucerne and Bern.