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LEVEL B2 OF THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK OF REFERENCE FOR LANGUAGES (CEFR)
FCE CONTENT AND OVERVIEW FCE EXAM PARTS (PAPERS) 1: READING (20%) 1 HOUR 2. WRITING (20%) 1 HOUR 20 MINUTES 3: USE OF ENGLISH (20%) 45 MINUTES 4: LISTENING (20%) APROX. 40 MINUTES 5: SPEAKING (20%) 14 MINUTES
FCE EXAM FORMAT. PAPER 1PAPER 1: READING, GENERAL DESCRIPTIONTime allowed: 1 hourNumber of parts: 3Number of questions: 30Marks: 20% of totalLengths of texts: 550–700 words per text: about 2,000 words to read in totalTexts may be from: newspaper and magazine articles, reports, fiction, advertisements, letters, messages, informational material (e.g. brochures, guides, manuals, etc.)
FCE. PAPER 1. READING. PART 1: MULTIPLE CHOICE A text withWhats in Part some1? multiple- choice questions. Each question has four options (A, B, C or D) and you have to decide which is the correct answer.What do I How tohave to understandpractise? the details of a text, including opinions and attitudes.How many 8questions arethere?How many Two marks formarks do I each correctget? answer.
FCE. PAPER 1. READING. PART 2: GAPPED TEXT (SENTENCES IN CONTEXT) A text with someWhats in Part empty spaces2? (gaps). After the text there are some sentences taken from the text. You have to choose the correct sentence for each gap.What do I have How to understandto practise? the structure and follow the development of a text. text.How many 7questions arethere?How many Two marks for eachmarks do I get? correct answer.
FCE. PAPER 1. READING. PART 3:READING FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION (WHICH PERSON?) A series ofWhats in Part 2? questions and a long text or several short texts to read. For each question, you have to decide which text or part of the text mentions some specific information. information.What do I have to How to findpractise? specific information in a text or texts.How many 15questions arethere?How many marks ONE mark fordo I get? each correct answer.
FCE. PAPER 2. WRITING.PAPER 2: WRITING Time allowed: 1 hour 20 minutes Number of 2 parts: Number of Part 1: one questions: compulsory question Part 2: one question from a choice of five Marks: 20% of total Types of task: article, email, essay, letter, report, review, story
FCE. PAPER 2. WRITING.PART 1, QUESTION 1. LETTER/ E-MAIL Some material to read Whats in Part (up to 160 words). You 1? have to write a letter or email using the information in this material. What do I Writing a letter or have to email. You may have practise? to apologise, compare, describe, explain, express opinions, justify, persuade, recommend, and/or suggest something. How many One compulsory questions are question. there? How much do 120–150 words I have to write?
FCE. PAPER 2. WRITING.PART 2. QUESTIONS 2-5: ARTICLE, ESSAY, LETTER, REPORT,REVIEW OR STORY A choice of five Whats in Part 2? questions. The answer you have to write will be one of the following: an article, essay, letter, report, review or story. What about Question If you read one of the 5? set books and want to write about it, you may decide to try Question 5. You have a choice of two tasks 5 (a) or 5 (b) for this question. What do I have to Writing different practise? types of text: articles, essays, letters, reports, reviews. Depending on the question, you will have to advise, compare, describe, explain, express opinions, justify and/ or recommend something. How many questions One task to be are there? selected from a choice of five. How much do I have 120–180 words to write?
FCE. PAPER 3. USE OF ENGLISH.PAPER 3: USE OF ENGLISH. GENERAL DESCRIPTION Time allowed: 45 minutes Number of parts: 4 Number of 42 questions: Marks: 20% of total
FCE. PAPER 3. USE OF ENGLISH. PART 1. GAP FILLING. MULTIPLE CHOICE CLOZE A text in which there What are some s in missing words or Part phrases (gaps). 1? After the text there are four possible answers for each gap and you have to choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D).What do I Vocabulary – words have with similar to meanings, practi collocations, se? linking phrases, phrasal verbs, etc.How many 12 quest ions are there ?How many One mark for each mark correct answer. s are there ?
FCE. PAPER 3. USE OF ENGLISH. PART 2. GAP FILLING: WORD PRODUCTION A text in which thereWhats in are some missingPart 2? words (gaps). You have to find the correct word for each gap.What do I Grammar andhave to vocabulary.practise?How many 12questions arethere?How many One mark for eachmarks are correct answer.there?
FCE. PAPER 3. USE OF ENGLISH. PART 3. GAP FILLING: WORD FAMILIES/ WORD FORMATION A text containing ten gaps.Whats in Part 3? Each gap represents a word. At the end of the line is a ‘prompt’ word which you have to change in some way to make the correct missing word and complete the sentence correctly.What do I have Vocabulary – word building:to practise? the different words which you can make from a ‘base’ word, e.g. ‘compete’ becomes ‘competition’, ‘competitor’, ‘competitive’, competitively’ or ‘uncompetitive’.How many 10questions arethere?How many One mark for each correctmarks are there? answer.
FCE. PAPER 3. USE OF ENGLISH. PART 4. KEY WORD TRANSFORMATIONS A sentence followed by a keyWhats in Part 4? word and a second sentence which has a gap in it. You have to use the key word to complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence.What do I have to Grammar and vocabulary –practise? rewriting sentences with different words so that they mean the same thing.How many 8questions arethere?How many marks Up to two marks for eachare there? correct answer.
PAPER 4: LISTENINGPAPER 4: LISTENING. GENERAL DESCRIPTION Time allowed: about 40 minutes Number of 4 parts: Number of 30 questions: Marks: 20% of total
PAPER 4: LISTENING PART 1: LISTENING. MULTIPLE CHOICE FOR DIFFERENT SITUATIONSEight questions to testcandidates’ ability tolisten for gist in a seriesof unrelated texts. Thetesting focusis spelledout in each question
PAPER 4: LISTENINGPART 2: LISTENING. SENTENCE COMPLETION This part tests candidates’ ability to listen for specific words or phrases focusing on detail and specific information. The test is presented in the form of 10 questions. Candidates need to listen and complete the questions.
PAPER 4: LISTENING PART 3: LISTENING. MULTIPLE MATCHINGThis part focus is onthe skill of listeningfor general gist,detail, purpose,attitude, opinion,etc. Candidateslisten to five shorttexts with differentspeakers, which arerelated in some way(E.g.: travel, ajourney, vehicles,etc)
PAPER 4: LISTENINGPART 4: LISTENING. MULTIPLE CHOICEIn this part, thepredominant focus ison testing thecandidates’ ability tolisten for opinion,main idea, gist andspecific info, andbased on one longtest.
PAPER 5: SPEAKING Time allowed: 14 minutes per pair of candidates Number of parts: 4HI! Marks: 20% of total You have to talk: with the examiner with the other candidate on your own
PAPER 5: SPEAKINGSPEAKING PART 1: SOCIAL AND PERSONAL CONVERSATION CANDIDATES AND EXAMINER INTERACT PERSONAL INFORMATION (NAME, NATIONALITY, HOMETOWN, ETC) LIKES AND DISLIKES HOMELIFE FREE TIME EDUCATION AND WORK TRAVEL
PAPER 5: SPEAKING SPEAKING PART 2: TALKING ABOUT PICTURESCANDIDATES AND EXAMINER INTERACT EACH CANDIDATE TALKS FOR 1 MINUTE ABOUT ONE PAIR OFRELATED PICTURES AND ANSWERS A QUESTION ABOUT THE OTHERPAIR OF RELATED PICTURES.
PAPER 5: SPEAKING SPEAKING PARTS 3 AND 4: DISCUSSIONPART 3: CANDIDATES INTERACT DISCUSSION BETWEEN CANDIDATESBASED ON A SITUATION PRESENTED INPICTURES AND WORDS CANDIDAES MAKE A DECISION TOGETHERPART 4: CANDIDATES AND EXAMINERINTERACT DISCUSSION BETWEEN CANDIDATES ANDEXAMINER ON TOPICS RELATED TO PART 3TASK.