Cambridge FCE

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


At ISE we offer a fully flexible timetable for FCE, where you can study from 6 hours per week, 9 hours per week, 15 hours per week or 21 hours per week.

ISE staff advise when students have sufficient skills to pass the exam. We will make sure that your learning goals are realistic and that you are advised to enter for the exam when you have a strong chance of success.

The FCE classes run all year round in both the mornings (full time & part time) and the evenings (part time only), see our timetable. However we also do specialist FCE exam workshops and mock papers just before the exam, to help students achieve the best possible results. 

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What will FCE do for you?

Attaining an FCE certificate is an achievement and a reward in itself. However, there are many other benefits to taking FCE:

The examination fee for FCE is about £152.

What's in the exam?

The updated exam (for exam sessions from January 2015) is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below. 

The Speaking test is taken face-to-face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.





Reading and Use of English 
(1 hour 15 minutes)

7 parts/52 questions


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.

(1 hour 20 minutes)

2 parts


Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews and essays.

(about 40 minutes)

4 parts/30 questions


Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.

(14 minutes per pair of candidates)

4 parts


Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.


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Take a free online test to check your level of English:

British Council English test  

Cambridge General English test

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