First (FCE) for Schools

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Reading and Use of English


  • Read the sources, titles and subtitles of the texts where given; they are there to help you.
  • Read the words following the gaps in Parts 1 and 2 as they may have an effect on the answer.
  • Remember that the words you need to write in Part 3 might have to change into a negative or a plural.
  • Write between two and five words as your answer in Part 4.
  • Read the questions carefully and check each option against the text before rejecting it (Part 5).
  • Check the words around the gap carefully (Part 6). The missing word(s) may be forming part of an idiom, fixed phrase or collocation.
  • Check that the completed paragraph makes sense in the passage as a whole (Part 6). The missing sentence must fit the overall context.
  • Keep the development of the text in mind.
  • Read each text carefully before you answer the questions to get an overall impression and understanding of it. This includes Part 7, the multiple-matching task.
  • Check your spelling in all parts of the test.
  • Make sure that you transfer your answers to the answer sheet accurately.



  • Don’t try to answer any questions without referring carefully to the text.
  • Don’t spend too much time on any one part of the paper.
  • Don’t forget to record your answers on the separate answer sheet.
  • Don’t assume that if the same word appears in the text as well as in an option, this means you have located the answer.
  • Don’t write the answers to any of the examples on your answer sheets.
  • Don’t choose your answer in Part 1 before you have read all the options.
  • Don’t write out the full sentence when answering the questions in Part 4.
  • Don’t leave the base word in Part 3 unchanged.
  • Don’t decide on your answer before reading the whole of a sentence in all parts.
  • Don’t give alternative answers for any questions.

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