Category: FCE

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): Paper-based vs Computer-based

Paper-based or computer-based? Many people find out pretty late that there even is a computer-based version of B2 First and it is quite often already too late to make the switch by the time they discover this. I thought it would be a good idea to let my readers know what the similarities and differences…
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CambridgeB2 First - 10 Best Books

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): The 10 Best Books to Study for the Exam

My Top 10 books to prepare for B2 First Choosing the perfect book to prepare for Cambridge B2 First is very important, and while there are many different options to develop your language skills as well as exam strategies and techniques it depends on the individual. For me, these are the best options: Objective First…
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Cambridge B2 First - Speaking

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): Speaking

Cambridge B2 First Speaking in a nutshell Speaking is one of the five exam papers in Cambridge B2 First, the others being Reading, Use of English, Listening and Writing. It usually takes around 14 minutes and you are tested together with another candidate. In the Speaking test, you need to demonstrate your ability to respond…
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B2 First vs. C1 Advanced

Cambridge B2 First (FCE) vs. C1 Advanced (CAE)

B2 First (FCE) vs. C1 Advanced (CAE) Cambridge B2 First (formerly known as FCE) and C1 Advanced (CAE) are two English language examinations designed and administered by Cambridge Assessment at the University of Cambridge. While passing B2 First is equivalent to CEFR level B2, C1 Advanced indicates a higher level at C1. Both exams can…
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Cambridge B2 First (FCE): Listening Distractors

In the FCE Listening paper candidates have to listen to four different parts and they have to do something different in every task. However, there is one thing that often creates a lot of problems – distractors. Here’s what they are: A distractor is a piece of information put in a recording in the FCE…
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How to Write Emails & Letters - Image of a laptop and someone handwriting a letter

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): How to Write an Email/Letter

Summary Mandatory task: no Word count: 140-190 Main characteristics: typical layout, appropriate register, you need to adapt to the specific task Register: formal or informal depending on the task Structure: Opening formula & paragraph, 2-3 topic paragraphs, closing paragraph & formula Language: typical phrases for opening and closing formula depending on the register of the…
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Cambridge B2 First (FCE): How to Write an Article

Summary Mandatory task: no Word count: 140-190 Main characteristics: interesting, engaging, personal opinion / comment Register: semi-informal to informal Structure: Title/introduction, 2-3 topic paragraphs, closing paragraph / conclusion Language: adjectives/adverbs, colloquial expressions, phrasal verbs, idioms, linking words, interesting grammar Example: The most useful thing I’ve ever learned Have you ever learned something that completely changed…
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FCE - How to Write a Report

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): How to Write a Report

Introduction A report is usually written for a superior (e.g. a teacher) or a peer group (e.g. members of an English club). Candidates are expected to give some factual information and make suggestions or recommendations. A report should be clearly organised and may include headings. from: Cambridge English First Handbook for Teachers Reports are part…
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Cambridge B2 First (FCE): Writing a Review

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): How to Write a Review

Introduction A review is usually written for an English-language magazine, newspaper or website. The main purpose is to describe and express a personal opinion about something which the writer has experienced (e.g. a film, a holiday, a product, a website etc.) and to give the reader a clear impression of what the item discussed is…
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Cambridge B2 First (FCE): Speaking Part 3

Introduction The FCE Speaking paper is one of the more interesting exams compared to others like IELTS. In the FCE exam you get very varied tasks to do, which means that you have to be prepared for many different topics and to speak under different requirements in each of those tasks. In Speaking Part 3…
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