First Cerificate in English

First Certificate in English (FCE) is an exam for people who need to prove they can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level for work or study purposes

FCE is set at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

B2 is the level of English needed to:

  • start working in an English speaking environment
  • study at an upper intermediate level

It shows that you are becoming skilled in English.
For example, at B2 level typical users can be expected to:

  • understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing
  • keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
  • produce clear, detailed writing, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view.

The certificate

  • Cambridge English: First – Level C1
    Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond B2 level. If you achieve a grade A in your exam, you will receive the First Certificate in English stating that you demonstrated ability at Level C1.
  • Cambridge English: First – Level B2
    If you achieve grade B or C in your exam, you will be awarded the First Certificate in English at Level B2.
  • Level B1 Certificate
    If your performance is below Level B2, but falls within Level B1, we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at B1 level.