Cambridge English: B2 First (FCE)

Difficulty level: B2 /Upper Intermediate
The 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, with another candidate, 14 minutes

Paper-based or computer-based exams
You can do the B2 First (FCE) exam on a computer or on paper.

Score: A, B, C (pass), D, E or U (fail)

  • 180–190 = Grade A = C1
  • 173–179 = Grade B = B2
  • 160–172 = Grade C = B2
  • 140–159 = Level B1 = B1

FCE A grade pass is accepted for entry to some universities

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

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

When can I take the test?
The B2 First (FCE) test can be taken in March, April May, June, August, October, November and December.

How much does it cost to take B2 First (FCE)?
Fees are set by test centres. Expect to pay around €200 euros.