Cambridge FCE TestThe Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) students receive a certificate awarded by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and recognized by universities and employers in many countries
- Start Dates: 2012 (Mar 19, Sep 10)
LengthStudents wishing to take FCE may join on the start dates listed above, students study general English in the morning with a specialized exam elective in the afternoon.
Course ContentDaily Classes are aimed at systemically improving the students' knowledge of English, and enhancing their examination techniques. The goal of the Canadian College is not only to improve quantitative, but also qualitative results. Successful students receive a certificate awarded by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and recognized by universities and employers in many countries. All students receive a statement of results, showing how they performed in each of the five papers.
Class TimesStudents wishing to prepare for the FCE Exam study general English in the morning with a specialized exam elective in the afternoon.
Full Time: 24 hours per week (Mon-Thur 8:30 - 2:40) (Friday 8:30 - 12:05pm)
Who should take the FCE Exam?FCE is designed for learners whose command of English is adequate for many practical everyday purposes, including business and study. Successful students will have a wide grasp of vocabulary, and should be able to construct an argument and use appropriate communication styles for a variety of situations. They also need to show an awareness of register and of the conventions of politeness and degrees of formality as they are expressed through language.
FCE is taken by more than 270,000 people each year in more than 100 countries. It is a valuable qualification for anyone who wants to work or study abroad or to develop a career which requires language skills, including business, medicine, engineering and many other professions. It is also useful preparation for higher level examinations, such as the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English and the Certificate of Proficiency in English.
Why sit the FCE Exam?FCE is recognized by many universities and other educational institutions as proof of intermediate level English skills, and these institutions accept it as meeting part of their entrance requirements.
Because the examinations are based on realistic tasks, an FCE certificate is an important asset for anyone who wants to work or study abroad, or in international business. Employers throughout the world recognize FCE. It indicates sufficient proficiency in English to be of practical use in clerical, secretarial and managerial jobs in many industries, in particular tourism, where contact with English speakers is required. Successful students have the ability to deal with routine letters and telephone enquiries, and to cope with some non-academic training courses and simple textbooks and articles.
Studying for FCE will also help learners to improve their language skills and to use them in a wide range of contexts.
Breakdown of FCE ExamEach of the written papers is returned to Cambridge for marking and assessment. The Speaking Test is conducted by two locally based examiners who examine students face to face. All examiners are accredited by Cambridge ESOL.
Reading (Paper 1) 1 hour 15 minutes
The Reading paper assesses students’ ability to read and understand texts taken from fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines. students are expected to be able to show understanding of gist, detail and text structure, and deduce meaning.
Writing (Paper 2) 1 hour 30 minutes
The Writing paper assesses students’ ability to write non-specialised text types such as letters, articles, reports, compositions and reviews of 120-180 words covering a range of topics and target readers and also set texts.
Use of English (Paper 3) 1 hour 15 minutes
In the Use of English paper, students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and control of the language system by completing various tasks at text and sentence level. These include filling gaps, transforming words and phrases, and identifying errors in texts.
Listening (Paper 4) 40 minutes (approx.)
The Listening paper assesses students’ ability to understand the meaning of spoken English, and to extract gist and meaning from spoken text. The texts are taken from a variety of text types including interviews, discussions, lectures and conversations.
Speaking (Paper 5) 14 minutes (approx.)
The Speaking Test assesses students’ ability to interact in conversational English in a range of contexts. It contains four parts, including an interview section, individual long turns of about one minute, a collaborative task and a discussion. Students are provided with stimulus material such as photographs and drawings.