Cambridge English: First (FCE)

Cambridge most popular qualification, accepted by thousands of businesses and educational institutions worldwide.

A Cambridge English: First (FCE) qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English.

This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Key facts

B2 CEFR level:
160-190 Scale score:
Computer or paper-based Test format:
4 No. of papers:
About 3.5 hours Exam length:

A Cambridge English: First qualification shows that you can:

communicate effectively face-to-face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments

  • follow the news
  • write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view
  • write letters, reports, stories and lots of other types of text.


Reasons to choose Cambridge English: First:

  • Accepted for entry to foundation/pathway/pre-sessional courses in English-speaking countries.
  • Accepted for entry to undergraduate programmes taught in the medium of English in non-English-speaking countries.

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