The Cambridge First Certificate exam (FCE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) is an English language certificate from the Cambridge University which allows students to improve in all aspects of the English language.
It is aimed at upper to intermediate English speakers and learners, allowing them to prove their proficiency in speaking and writing English. Mostly for work and study purposes in English speaking countries, the First certificate (FCE) and CAE (Advanced) is an excellent qualification for anybody to have, being acknowledged by thousands of universities and employers worldwide.
An FCE (The First) or CAE (Advanced) qualification will allow students both better employment and educational opportunities, and also open up more chances to both live and work in English speaking countries.
The FCE exam consists of 5 papers, which are as follows-
Use of English
The FCE and CAE exams can be very difficult, and require the use of your entire English knowledge, so students should be confident in all English skills.
Usually English students will take classes in order to prepare for these exams, at ABLE Manchester we offer lessons to prepare you for both the FCE and CAE exams, and are personalised for each student as some students may take a longer time to pass the exam than others.
Outside of your lessons, students are expected to study in order to prepare for your English exam date, and for that reason we’ve got some fantastic tips and tricks for your FCE exam.
During the exam, make sure your FCE or CAE exam plan is ready and you know how much time you want to spend on each section of the exam. Make sure you stick to your plan as if you finish a few sections quicker than others, it will allow you time to go back and check your answers or finish sections you struggled on earlier.
Each part of the FCE reading paper carries roughly the same marks, so make sure that you maximise your chance to get the highest marks possible!
When reading, make sure you check the questions first so that you know what to look for in the text you are given. Usually, but not always, the answers to the earlier questions will appear closer to the beginning of the text, and the later questions at the end of the text.
Do not try to focus on individual words you hear in the recording as this can cause even the best students to falter and waste time. Focus on listening to the recording as a whole, or write down a few key words that you hear. When listening to the recording, do not try to read the questions at the same time, always make sure you hear the recording and look at the questions afterwards, or you may miss a vital piece of information.
Both parts of the exam have the same amount of marks, so it’s important that you spend roughly the same amount of time on each section. It may help again to write down a few key words. This way you won’t forget anything you wanted to include in your answer.
Write what you can explain and make sure you give opinions in your answer, to add as much detail as possible. Don’t say unrelated or unimportant things in order to increase how much you have written as it will not add to your marks.
5- Use of English
When taking this section of your FCE exam, if you think clearly, you’ll notice that a lot of the questions are incredibly simple. If you attended our classes or revised with past papers, you’ll do fine.
Lots of people get nervous in this part of the FCE (The First) exam, which can make it one of the more difficult sections. Make sure you speak clearly and calmly, don’t rush as you have to be able to speak for a few minutes. Speak about something you know and use words you know in order to describe it. The exam is to test your English, not to express your opinions, so speak about anything that’s relevant. Occasionally, there will be 2 candidates in the exam, and an English student may panic causing them to just repeat what the other person has said, don’t make this mistake!
If you want some extra help with your exam preparation feel free to contact us, we’re all very friendly and have a proven track record of helping our English students achieve the targets they aimed for.
We can help you with not just FCE and CAE, but we also have classes for many other exams. Our classes include FCE, CAE, IELTS, CPE, Business English and General English lessons.
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