Frequently asked questions
about First Certificate in English
decided to take the FCE. How do I enrol for the exam and how much will it cost?
In order to take the exam you will need to enrol
at one of the 1,900 examination centres that Cambridge
ESOL has throughout the world. (Clicking will let you search the Cambridge
ESOL web site to find your nearest one.) Your local examination centre will tell
you the exact cost of the exam, as this varies slightly between countries.
How many components are there?
There are five separate papers: Reading,
Writing, Use of English
(grammar and vocabulary), Listening and Speaking.
Click on each one to get a summary of what you have to do in each paper.
What's the best way of preparing for the exam?
That depends on you, how much money
you want to spend and how you like to learn! You may decide to take an FCE course
in a language school; you may decide to study on your own with FCE books and software;
or you may decide to combine both of these ways.
is the exam graded?
You will achieve
either a pass grade (Grade A, B or C) or a fail grade (D, E or U).
How many marks do I need to pass, and do I need to pass
each paper in order to pass the exam?
paper is worth a maximum of 40 marks. The total number of marks available is therefore
200 and you will need to achieve around 60% overall in order to get a grade C.
(Individual papers are not marked on a pass/fail basis.)
you have any further questions then please post one in our forum in
Adapted from 'FCE Handbook', which is available from
Cambridge ESOL. (Clicking here will
take you to their site.)