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. Anna Moroney is our Assistant Director of Studies who specialises in teaching and delivering the FCE curriculum.
ISE staff are trained to recognise students that are ready to pass the exam, we will make sure that your learning goals are realistic and that you are advised to only enter the exam when you have a strong chance of success.
Typically ISE will run FCE classes all year round in the morning (full time & part time) and the evening (part time only). However we also do specialist FCE exam workshops and mock papers just before the exam, to help students achieve the best possible results.
Attaining an FCE certificate is an achievement and a reward in itself. However, there are many other benefits to taking FCE:
- an FCE certificate is valid for life
- FCE is an internationally recognised qualification for business and study purposes
- thousands of employers, universities and government departments officially recognise FCE as a qualification in upper-intermediate English.
- FCE gives you a pathway to higher qualifications such as the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
The examination fee for FCE is about £135 per candidate.
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||40%||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||20%||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||20%||Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.|
|4 parts||20%||Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.