First Certificate (FCE)

The Cambridge First Certificate, the FCE or Lower, is arguably the most important examination in the suite of Cambridge English language examinations as it is the entry-level English language examination that reliably reflects the language competence of the test taker to employers and university admission officers alike. It is a well-established and valid examination that has been taken by literally millions of test takers all over the world. Therefore, if you are looking to taking a well-recognized English examination on which to build your English language competence, then look no further: get started with the FCE and then proceed either to the CAE, the CPE, TOEFL, or IELTS.

The FCE consists of 4 sections:

  • Reading & Use of English: 75 minutes
  • Writing: 2 essays, 80 minutes
  • Listening: 40 minutes
  • Speaking: interview, normally with another candidate, lasting approximately 14 minutes

You now have the opportunity to choose whether you want to do the FCE on paper or on a computer – you will have to check to see whether your nearest test centre offers the requisite facilities.

The FCE examination is offered four times a year: in March, May, June, August and December for the paper-based test, and February, April, July, August and November for the computer-based test. The results are generally available about two weeks after the test date. The grades of the FCE are from A to U, a pass generally considered anything between C an A; anything below is considered a fail.

At AGF Tutoring, we have extremely well-qualified linguists and English language tutors with years of experience who are very capable of preparing you for the FCE in the minimum possible time whilst ensuring the highest possible results. If you are interested in commencing online tutorials for the FCE please register here or book your free introductory session.