There are five parts to the Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: First for Schools exams. Each contributes 20% of the total marks available:
Reading: 1 hour, three parts (30 questions)
Shows you can deal confidently with different types of texts, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines.
Writing: 1 hour 20 minutes, two parts
Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews and short stories.
For up-to-date information on set texts for FCE please go to the Cambridge ESOL website
Use of English: 45 minutes, four parts (42 questions)
Your use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.
Listening: about 40 minutes, four parts (30 questions)
Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.
Speaking: 14 minutes per pair of candidates, four parts
Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates and two assessors.
Learn more about Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: First for Schools on the Cambridge ESOL website.
Paper-based exams and computer-based exams:
If you choose to sit a computer-based test, you will be seated in front of a laptop equipped with headphones and a French keyboard (AZERTY), and a supervisor will be present to guide you if needed.