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Paper

Content

Marks % of total

Purpose

Reading and Use of English

(1 hour 15 minutes)

7 parts/52 questions

40%

Students need to be able to understand a range of texts, including how they are organised and the opinions and attitudes expressed in them. The texts will be from sources familiar to school-aged learners, such as magazines, articles, fiction and advertisements, but targeted at the interests of students.

Students’ use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well they can control their grammar and vocabulary.

Writing

(1 hour 20 minutes)

2 parts

20%

Students are required to produce two pieces of writing. The first piece is compulsory and will be an essay of 140–190 words. For the second, they can choose from an article, email/letter, essay, review or story of 140–190 words.

Listening

(about 40 minutes)

4 parts/30 questions

20%

Requires being able to follow and understand a range of familiar spoken materials, such as news programmes, public announcements and other sources, but targeted at the interests of school-aged learners.

Speaking

(14 minutes per pair of candidates)

4 parts

20%

A face-to-face test taken with one or two other candidates and an examiner. Students have to show how well they can produce spontaneous spoken language, talking with either the examiner, the other candidate, or by themselves.

What’s in the exam?
This is a machine generated translation and we cannot guarantee the accuracy Prüfungsübersicht Updated FCE for Schools from 2015