Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there a wordlist for Cambridge English: First for Schools exams?

No. Examinations that are at CEFR Level B2 (independent user), or above – such as Cambridge English: First for Schools – do not have particular language specifications or vocabulary lists.

What is the difference between Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: First for Schools?

Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: First for Schools exams follow exactly the same format. The level of the exams is the same and candidates are tested in all the same skills. However, the content of the exams is a bit different (the ‘for Schools’ version is specifically tailored to suit the interests and experiences of school-age candidates).

Do I have to be a particular age to be able to take a Cambridge English: First for Schools exam?

No. Candidates of any age can take Cambridge English: First for Schools. The content of these exams is aimed at school-age learners, so it might not be appropriate for older candidates. They might want to take Cambridge English: First instead.

What will it say on my certificate if I take a Cambridge English: First for Schools exam?

Students who pass Cambridge English: First for Schools receive the same internationally accepted certificate as those candidates who pass the standard version of this exam.

Do I have to pass each paper in order to pass the whole examination?

Your overall performance is calculated by averaging the scores you achieve in Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Use of English. The weighting of each of the four skills and Use of English is equal.


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