How are you? We have got a question for you…
Have you been wondering if YOU need the Cambridge First Certificate?
Check out these 5 reasons to take the First Certificate Exam!
1. Over 4,000,000 million people take one of the Cambridge examinations every year.
The rest spend their time playing solitaire.
2. Did you know, that the number of people who speak English as a second language, already exceeds the number of native English speakers?
I guess Esperanto was not needed after all. I bet the creator is now looking for an English teacher…
3. It is estimated that over 55% of web pages are written in English.
The rest are written in Chinese. Chinese has about FIVE different tones for each word…sounds much easier right?
4. 75% of information from different media (books, newspapers, radio, television, etc. ) is written in English.
How well informed are you?
5. The First Certificate is accepted by more than 13,500 universities, companies and institutions worldwide.
But my grandmother doesn’t need it, do YOU?
We are talking about this at https://www.facebook.com/NowFirstCertificate, join us and meet other people from around the world who also need the Cambridge First Certificate and their reasons why! 🙂
Can’t wait to hear from you!
How are you today?
It is mid-January already… WOW!!! Time really flies…
How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Is taking the FCE among them?
Well, if you are planning to take the FCE this year, you can find the official exam dates here.
These dates are the same all over the world and you just need to find is a center in your area to see which of these dates they offer. They may not offer them all but cannot offer other dates.
Click here to find a center.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Nowadays, and each day more frequently, you can hear “My level of English is a B2”.
We can still remember when instead of saying a “B2” we would say “Upper Intermediate”, but being an “Upper Intermediate” could mean many different things with respect your competence and abilities to communicate in English as a non-native speaker.
What The Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR, has done is to establish six levels of competence and abilities that provide a basis for mutual recognition of language qualifications.
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We are a group of English teachers, with many years of experience teaching English as a second language.
NOW FIRST CERTIFICATE!!!
We have said it many times and always the same question comes up…
“Why should I take the exam?”
Well, it is the next logical step after maybe years of effort learning English… It is, above everything, a way to prove to yourself how much you have learned and t to walk away with a final reward for your effort, The First Certificate Diploma.
Moreover, if you want to study or work in an English speaking country you must probably need to prove your level of English.
Having the First Certificate Diploma proves that you can use every day written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level, a B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, for work and study purposes.
How are you?
Knowing what to expect can really make things easier, so today, we are going to look at the different sections of the First Certificate Exam.
(New vocabulary has been highlighted and you can find the definitions below)
The exam is divided into five sections or as they are commonly called “papers”. This is because the FCE used to be a paper based exam only. However, now you also have the option of taking a computer based exam.
The only difference between both options is where you read the questions and then write your answers, a paper or a computer, but the content and sections are the same.
Let’s look at each one of the exam papers in more detail.
How are you?
Ready to learn more about Paper 1: READING?
This section of the First Certificate Exam evaluates your reading comprehension. It lasts an hour and has 30 questions divided into three parts as follows:
Multiple choice: You will read a text and choose from four possible answers (A, B, C or D) for each of the 8 questions.
Gapped text-sentences: You will read a text from which 7 sentences have been removed and you will then choose from given sentences to complete the text. There will be an extra sentence that will not fit any of the blank spaces.
How you today?
Let’s take a look at the writing section of the FCE exam.
Remember that the exam lasts an hour and 20 minutes and that time you will have to produce two different pieces of writing:
Letter or email:
You will be given some information on a letter or email with some notes with which you will have to write a response.
This response must be 120 to 150 words long.