Cambridge English: First ( FCE)

Difficulty level: B2 /Upper Intermediate
The Cambridge First Certificate in English is the most important of the Cambridge exams.

What is the Cambridge First test like?
The test has four sections:

  1. Reading & Use of English - 75 minutes
  2. Writing - 2 essays, 80 minutes
  3. Listening - 40 minutes
  4. Speaking - interview, normally with another candidate, 14 minutes

Paper-based or computer-based exams
You can do the Cambridge First exam on a computer or on paper.

A, B, C (pass), D, E or U (fail)
Cambridge First A grade pass is accepted for entry to some universities

The Reading and Use of English section counts for 40% of the marks.

The Writing, Listening & Speaking sections each count for 20% of the marks.

B2 / Upper intermediate. Click here to see a comparison of Cambridge First scores with other exams.

Where do I take the test?
Arrange with your closest test centre.

When can I take the test?
The Cambridge First test can be taken most months in either paper-based or computer-based format. The paper-based test can be taken in March, May, June, August and December. The computer-based test can be taken in February, April, July, August and November. Not all test centres will administer both types of test.

How much does it cost to take Cambridge First?
Fees are set by test centres. Expect to pay around €160 euros.