Cambridge English: B2 First (FCE) Writing

Difficulty level: B2 /Upper Intermediate

What is the B2 First (FCE) Writing test like?
The test has two sections and takes about 80 minutes:

  1. Part 1 -write an essay based on prompts
  2. Part 2 - write one from a choice of 3 questions: an article, an essay, a letter, a report, a review, a story

Each of the two writing parts are marked out of 20. There are five marks for each of the following: Content, Communicative Achievement, Organisation and Language. You must write 140-190 words for each part.

How to prepare for the B2 First (FCE) Writing test

  • Choose a question that you are interested in. You will write better if you know the subject.
  • Read the instructions carefully before you start. Make notes. You must include all the points from the instructions in your writing.
  • Make a plan before you start writing. Decide what information to put in each paragraph.
  • Think about who you are writing to and use an appropriate style of language.
  • Try to use a range of complex language.

Read this explanation of how to write an article for FCE Writing part 2.