First Certificate
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British Council

Cambridge English: First is also called the First Certificate in English (FCE) and First Certificate in English for Schools (FCEfS). This general English qualification proves that you can speak and write English well enough to work or study in an English-speaking environment.

Level of qualification: Upper intermediate = B2 on the Common European Framework.

Exam dates, fees and locations

Andorra

 Date Type of exam Deadline for registration Price
09/06/2018 Paper Until 02/05/2018 200€
30/06/2018 For Schools - Paper Until 22/05/2018 200€

Barcelona

Exam Date Type of exam Deadline for registration Price
24/02/2018 Computer Based Closed 200€
10/03/2018 Paper Closed 200€
17/03/2018 Paper - For Schools Closed 200€
14/04/2018 Paper 08/03/2018 200€
12/05/2018 Paper - For Schools 04/04/2018 200€
19/05/2018 Paper 11/04/2018 200€
09/06/2018 Paper - For Schools 02/05/2018 200€
09/06/2018 Paper 02/05/2018 200€
12/06/2018 Paper 09/05/2018 200€
23/06/2018 Paper 17/05/2018 200€
30/06/2018 Paper - For Schools 22/05/2018 200€

* Limited places

Bizkaia

BILBAO

Date Type of exam Deadline for registration Price
24/02/2018 Computer Closed 200€
10/03/2018 Paper Closed 200€
17/03/2018 Paper - For Schools Closed 200€
10/04/2018 Computer 24/03/2018 200€
17/05/2018 Paper - For Schools 09/04/2018 200€
26/05/2018 Computer 11/05/2018* 200€
09/06/2018 Paper - For Schools 18/05/2018 200€

Limited places

 PORTUGALETE

Date Type of exam Deadline for registration
To be confirmed For Schools - Paper To be confirmed

GERNIKA-LUMO

Date Type of exam Deadline for registration
To be confirmed For Schools - Paper To be confirmed

ONDARROA

Date Type of exam Deadline for registration
To be confirmed For Schools - Paper To be confirmed

Madrid

Dates Type of exam Registration deadline Price
24/02/18 Computer closed 200€
10/03/18 Paper closed 200€
16/03/18 Paper closed 200€
17/03/18 For Schools - Paper closed 200€
24/03/18 Computer 11/03/18 or places run out* 200€
10/04/18 Computer 19/03/18 or places run out* 200€
14/04/18 Paper 11/03/18 200€
05/05/18 For Schools - Paper 22/03/18 200€

** Limited places

Menorca

Date Type of exam Deadline for registration Price
19/05/2018 Paper 13/04/2018 200€

Palma de Mallorca

Date Type of exam Deadline for registration Price
10/03/2018 Paper closed 200€
26/05/2018 Computer Until 11/05/2018 or places run out* 200€
09/06/2018 Paper Until 04/05/2018 200€
09/06/2018 Paper - For Schools Until 04/05/2018 200€
30/06/2018 Paper - For Schools Until 25/05/2018 200€
26/07/2018 Paper Until 22/06/2018 200€
10/08/2018 Computer Until 26/07/2018 or places run out* 200€

Limited places

 

Tarragona

Date Type of exam Deadline for registration Price
to confirm Paper to confirm 200€

Valencia

 Date Type of exam Deadline for registration Price
24/02/2018 Computer closed 200€
10/03/2018 Paper closed 200€
14/04/2018 Paper 25/02/2018 200€
05/05/2018 For Schools - Paper 01/02/2018 a 20/03/2018 200€
19/05/2018 Paper 01/02/2018 a 20/03/2018 200€
*Limited places

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS EXAM?

You should study for the FCE if you want to work in an English-speaking business, live in an English-speaking country or study a foundation-level or pre-university course taught in English.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • write short reports and emails
  • explain an idea or have a detailed discussion in English
  • understand general English on TV and in newspapers.

HOW DOES THE EXAM PROCESS WORK?

There are five parts to the FCE exam. You will complete papers Reading, Writing, Use of English and Listening on the same day. The Speaking may be on a different day. You do the speaking with two examiners and one other candidate.

 FCE / FCEFS READING AND USE OF ENGLISH WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
Time allowed 1hr 15 mins 1 hr 20 mins 40 mins 14 mins 
Marks (% of total) 40% 20% 20% 20%

See also