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B2 First (FCE) for Schools

Level:
B2
Language:
English
Frequency:
Twice a Year

B2 First (FCE) for Schools is a Cambridge Assessment English Qualification targeted at upper-intermediate level of the CEFR (B2 level). It is made up of four parts and designed to prove that students can successfully use English language in the real world. B2 First (FCE) for Schools is officially recognized by universities, employers, and governments around the world.

B2 First (FCE) for Schools is an in-depth exam designed by Cambridge Assessment English— an exam board of Cambridge Assessment department of the University of Cambridge, with more than 60 years of experience and expertise in developing and delivering exams to over 5.5 million learners in more than 130 countries.

In 2012, Cambridge Assessment English authorized the Hellenic American Union as one of the official exam centres for B2 First (FCE) for Schools examination in Greece.

B2 First (FCE) for Schools is an internationally recognized exam opening doors to several universities, employers and governments around the world as proof of upper-intermediate level on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). It is also officially recognized in Greece by the state (ASEP/Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection), as follows:

Level of recognition

Overall score

C1

180-190

B2

160-179

B1

140-159

 

B2 First (FCE) for Schools certificates are valid for life and do not expire. Some institutions, however, such as universities, colleges and employers accept certificates taken recently-usually within 2 to 3 years-to check if candidateslanguage skills have been used and maintained. Certificate holders should always check the requirements of the organization of their choice. 



PAPER 1: READING AND USE OF ENGLISH

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Number of parts: 7 parts

Number of questions: 52 questions in total

Marks: 40% of total

 

Part 1 (8 questions -1 mark for each correct answer)

A text in which there are eight missing words or phrases (gaps). Four possible answers for each gap are provided and candidates have to choose the answer that best fits each gap (A, B, C or D).

Part 2 (8 questions -1 mark for each correct answer)

A text in which there are eight gaps. Candidates have to think of only one word that best fits each gap.

Part 3 (8 questions -1 mark for each correct answer)

A text in which there are eight gaps. At the end of each line, there is a given word/stem word that needs to be formed correctly to better complete the sentence.

Part 4 (6 questions - up to 2 marks for each correct answer)

Six sentences are given followed by a key word. Candidates have to use the keyword to complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first one. For each gap two to five words can be used.

Part 5 (6 questions - up to 2 marks for each correct answer)

A text followed by six multiple-choice questions. Each question has four options (A, B, C or D), and candidates have to decide which is the correct answer.          

Part 6 (6 questions - up to 2 marks for each correct answer)

A text with six empty spaces (gaps). After the text there are some sentences in jumbled order that have been removed from the text. Candidates have to choose the correct sentence for each gap.           

Part 7 (10 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer)

Multiple matching questions followed by a single text or several shorter texts. Candidates have to match a given prompt to certain elements of the text(s).  

PAPER 2: WRITING

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Number of parts: 2 parts

Marks: 20% of total

 

Part 1

Candidates are presented with a short prompt and have to write a related essay of 140–190 words using ideas from this prompt. The essay is on a subject of general interest and candidates are expected to express their opinion and support it with reasons.          

Part 2

Candidates are presented with a situation and are asked to select a related task from a choice of four including one set text question. They are asked to write one of the following: article, email/letter, essay, review or story of 140–190 words.

 

Set texts

  • Set text for January 2021–December 2022: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (Pearson Level 5 Edition). Language schools and teachers may choose to prepare candidates for questions on this set text by studying any film version of Rebecca, as well as, or instead of, the book.

PAPER 3: LISTENING

Duration: about 40 minutes

Number of parts: 4 parts

Number of questions: 30 questions

Marks: 20% of total (1 mark for each correct answer)

 

Part 1 (8 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer.)

A series of short, unrelated extracts of approximately 30 seconds each. Candidates have to listen to the extracts and answer one multiple-choice question for each. Each question has three options (A, B or C).

Part 2 (10 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer.)

A monologue lasting approximately 3-4 minutes. Candidates have to complete the sentences on the question paper with information they hear on the recording.       

Part 3 (5 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer)

Candidates listen to five short related monologues of approximately 30 seconds each. They have to choose which statement from a list of eight best matches what each speaker says.         

Part 4 (7 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer)

Candidates listen to an interview or an exchange between two speakers and answer seven multiple-choice questions. Each question has three options (A, B or C). The extract lasts approximately 3-4 minutes.

PAPER 4: SPEAKING

Duration: 14 minutes per pair of candidates

Format: 2 examiners -2-3 candidates)

Number of parts: 4 parts

Marks: 20% of total

 

Part 1

A brief conversation with the examiner who asks candidates about themselves, their past, present and future life plans.

Part 2

Both candidates are given a set of two photographs to talk about.

An individual long turn for each candidate followed by a brief response from the second candidate.

Part 3

A two-way conversation between the candidates who are given instructions with written prompts to be used in a discussion. The discussion involves a decision-making task.

Part 4

A discussion on a few topics related to the above collaborative task.


B2 First for Schools results are reported on the Cambridge English Scale. Although the parts are 4, candidates will receive 5 scores on their Statement of Results (Reading, Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speaking) which give them a clear understanding of their performance. These five scores are averaged to give them an overall result for the exam. They will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.

For B2 First for Schools, the following scores will be used to report results:

Cambridge English Scale Score

Grade

CEFR level

180–190

Grade A

C1

173–179

Grade B

B2

160–172

Grade C

B2

140–159

Level B1

B1

Scores between 122 and 139 are also reported for B2 First for Schools. Candidates will not receive a certificate, but their Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on their Statement of Results. Scores below 122 are not reported, so candidates will not receiver a certificate nor a score for this examination.

The following factsheet can be used as a guide to help teachers and candidates understand how Cambridge English scale works. This information is better applied when using official Cambridge English practice tests.


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You will receive all the details for your upcoming exam via email in a single document that you can save, print and take with you on the day of your test. You will also be sent updates on the status of your application and useful support materials. Expect invitations to webinars for tips and strategies that will help you prepare effectively for the exam.

The ORFEAS registration system does away with print application forms and visits to the bank. Start and complete your registration online in a few simple steps. Use your home computer, tablet or smartphone to apply for your exam.


How can I apply?

Use this link to enter the ORFEAS online registration system. From there, follow the steps as suggested. Choose your exam, date and venue and then provide your personal details. In the last step you will be asked to pay with your card of choice. All the information you will need for the day of the exam will arrive in your inbox via email and SMS.

What if I have a question about the procedure?

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