Flo-Joe for Cambridge English Exams

About Us

Find out more about Flo-Joe

What we do

We help you, the Cambridge exam candidate, prepare for your FCE, CAE or CPE exam.

At Flo-Joe we don't go for meaningless Mission Statements. Our goal is quite simple: we want you to pass your exam! (And, if you're an English language tutor, we want to make it easier for you to manage your exam preparation classes).

Preparing for an English Language qualification is a serious business. Our experience of working with exam students over the years has taught us that the biggest obstacles you face are:

  • Finding time to study outside the classroom
  • Staying motivated and in control of your learning
  • Organising your study time effectively for maximum results

How can Flo-Joe help you achieve 'exam success'? We provide effective* exam-focused, self-study resources that

  • teach and test you on the skills, vocabulary and grammar that you need for each English language exam
  • help you study little and often so that you stay in control
  • demystify the exam requirements so you know exactly what the examiner is looking for and what you need to do to pass
  • bring you together with other candidates for help and support

That's not all. Because our resources are online you can slot in your learning from any computer: at home, school, work, in the library or internet cafe. Just 20 minutes a day brushing up on your English can make all the difference between a pass or a fail mark.

In short, we help you get organised, stay motivated and feel confident, right up until the day of your exam.

*It's easy for us to claim we're effective but check out our customer comments on the right of each page of the Flo-Joe website. We were also the winners of the British Council Innovation in ELT Award in 2003 and shortlisted again in 2007.

History of Flo-Joe

Flo-Joe was formed in 2000 by Fiona Joseph and Peter Travis, two former English lecturers and textbook writers who, as teachers, had been frustrated by the lack of flexible yet authoritative online self-study resources for Cambridge exam candidates. We started from the belief that learning outside the classroom is just as important for exam success as learning in the classroom.

Our award-winning online resources are used by individuals, and in schools, libraries, learning centres and training departments all over the world.

In keeping with today's changing world, we're always developing new ways of learning to make your exam preparation both fun and effective.

Here's a snapshot history of how we've evolved. (And thank you to all those people who supported us right from the start!)

  • 2000: First version of the Flo-Joe website goes live with resources for FCE and CAE.
  • 2001: Flo-Joe adds the revised CPE to list of exams
  • 2002: Flo-Joe launches Exam Success Plus series for FCE, CAE and CPE.
  • 2003: The Flo-Joe website is honoured with the British Council's ELTON award in 2003 for Innovation in English Language Teaching.
  • 2005: Launch of Flo-Joe Radio, a podcast for CAE students.
  • 2006: Flo-Joe's sister website Splendid Speaking goes live, with more podcasts and two new products: the Splendid Speaking online course and Splendid Expressions. Flo-Joe moves to new offices.
  • 2007: Shortlisted again for the British Council ELTON award. Set Texts podcast released.
  • 2008: Launch of new website and updated resources for the revised FCE and CAE exams.
  • 2009: Flo-Joe launches an update service using Twitter and Facebook.
  • 2010: Our tenth birthday! Plus new Set Text podcasts released.
  • 2010: Flo-Joe's sister company Splendid Learning launches 'CAE Speaking Success', an online course for students needing help with the CAE Speaking paper.
  • 2011: Flo-Joe launches its Writing Critique and Correction service for students preparing for the FCE, CAE and CPE exams.
  • 2012: Flo-Joe's sister company Splendid Learning launches ieltsspeaking.co.uk, a website dedicated to students preparing for the IELTS Speaking exam.
  • 2012: Flo-Joe's sister company Splendid Learning launches 'IELTS Speaking Advanced' an online course to support students preparing for the IELTS Speaking paper.
  • 2013: Flo-Joe launches a PET section of the website.
  • 2013: CPE materials updated for the revised exam.
  • 2014: 1st stage of website update to make our materials fully responsive.
  • 2015: FCE and CAE materials fully updated for the revised exams.
  • 2016: Flo-Joe launches KET section of the website.

About Flo-Joe

Flo-Joe is one of several ELT websites under the Splendid Learning umbrella, a privately-owned company based in a leafy suburb of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Fiona Joseph and Peter Travis were the two founders of the Flo-Joe website.

Fiona Joseph
Peter Travis

FAQs about Flo-Joe

Here are some of the questions that people ask us.

Do I need to be preparing for the Cambridge FCE, CAE or CPE exam to use your resources?
Certainly not. Anyone who's serious about improving their language is welcome to use our website, whether you're' taking FCE, CAE, CPE (or any other English language exam).

What's behind the name, Flo-Joe?
We're often asked what the significance of the company name is. There's no real mystery; simply that Peter's nickname for Fiona was Flo-Joe, and it seemed a good idea when we formed the company.

Why do you give away so much top-quality free stuff? Shouldn't you be selling it all?
There are two answers to this. First, we like helping people (it gives us a buzz when you email us with your success stories); second, by trying our free stuff first you get to appreciate how learning online can be enjoyable and effective.

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You'll find us here

Splendid Learning
17 Francis Road
B27 6LT


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