January 2015 revisions to the CAE and FCE for Schools

28/02/2014

Cambridge English Language Assessment review and update all of their examinations regularly to ensure they meet the needs of teachers and learners and reflect the latest research into language learning and assessment.

As of January 2015, the updated Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) examination will:

  • have four papers instead of five. Reading and Use of English will be combined into a single paper assessing language knowledge and reading skills. All of the tasks in the current papers will be retained in modified formats in the new Reading and Use of English paper.
  • be approximately 45 minutes shorter than the current examination. However, due to careful exam design, the updated Cambridge English: Advanced will still assess at exactly the same level, and retain the same language and skills coverage as the current examination.
  • feature new tasks and testing focuses in the Reading and Use of English, Writing and Speaking papers.

As of January 2015, the updated First Certificate in English (FCE) for Schools examination will:

  • have four papers instead of five. Reading and Use of English will be combined into a single paper assessing language knowledge and reading skills. All of the tasks in the current papers will be retained in modified formats in the new Reading and Use of English paper.
  • be approximately 30 minutes shorter than the current examination. However, due to careful exam design, the updated Cambridge English: First for Schools will still assess at exactly the same level, and retain the same language and skills coverage as the current examination.
  • feature new tasks and testing focuses in the Writing and Speaking papers.

In order to familiarize teachers and test takers with the changes to the CAE and FCE for Schools formats, full Exam Specifications, and Sample Papers booklets and audio samples are available on the Cambridge English Language Assessment website. The materials are also available through the ORFEAS online platform.

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Last Update At: 2014/03/14 - 19:47:48

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