B2 First (FCE)

The B2 First (FCE)

Level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

A B2 First (FCE) certificate proves that you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English.

The B2 First (FCE) certificate shows that you can:

  • communicate effectively, express opinions and present arguments
  • write letters, reports, stories and other types of text
  • follow and understand the news
  • write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view

Worldwide recognition

The B2 First (FCE) certificate is accepted by thousands of employers, governments, professional bodies, and universities globally. However, please note that most institutions require you to have C1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), such as the C1 Advanced (CAE) or the C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher).

The Exam Format

Cambridge exams are designed to ensure standardised test conditions for people of all linguistic backgrounds and nationalities and are supported by a dedicated global research programme.

The exam covers all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Target: Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with tasks that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.

Check your answers (see PDF) as you do the test – once the test has finished you will not be able to check them anymore.

Sample Test - Answer Key

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Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Target: Requires you to be able to produce different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews and essays.

Sample Test

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There is no answer key for the Writing Paper.

Duration: 40 minutes

Target: Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.

Check your answers (see PDF) as you do the test – once the test has finished you will not be able to check them anymore.

Sample Test - Answer Key

You may need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample tests. 

Duration: 14 minutes

Target: Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face to face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.

Ready for Exam-Assessment

Would you like to clarify whether or not you already are at the right level to take the B2 First (FCE) exam? Ask us for our Ready for Exam-Assessment (free of charge) and a personal consultation!

The exams at The Cambridge Institute are computer-based, which means that you can take the Reading and Use of English, Writing and Listening conveniently on the computer.

To be fully prepared on the exam day, please be so kind as to familiarise yourself with the following video tutorial as well as the computer-based sample tests:

Video Tutorial

Exams

Title Date (Written + Oral) Registration Deadline Price Actions Results release window
FCE CB Sat 28.11.2020 Sat 07.11.2020 €244,00 Inquiry 11.12.2020 to 17.12.2020
FCE CB Sat 09.01.2021 Sat 19.12.2020 €244,00 Inquiry 22.01.2021 to 28.01.2021
FCE CB Sat 20.02.2021 Sat 30.01.2021 €244,00 Inquiry 05.03.2021 to 11.03.2021
FCE CB Sat 20.03.2021 Sat 27.02.2021 €244,00 Inquiry 06.04.2021 to 12.04.2021
FCE CB Tue 13.04.2021 Tue 23.03.2021 €244,00 Inquiry 27.04.2021 to 04.05.2021
FCE CB Sat 29.05.2021 Tue 11.05.2021 €244,00 Inquiry 14.06.2021 to 18.06.2021
FCE CB Sat 12.06.2021 Wed 26.05.2021 €244,00 Inquiry 25.06.2021 to 01.07.2021
FCE CB Sat 10.07.2021 Wed 23.06.2021 €244,00 Inquiry 23.07.2021 to 29.07.2021
FCE CB Fri 30.07.2021 Tue 13.07.2021 €244,00 Inquiry 13.08.2021 to 19.08.2021
FCE CB Fri 24.09.2021 Tue 07.09.2021 €244,00 Inquiry 08.10.2021 to 14.10.2021
FCE CB Sat 16.10.2021 Sun 27.09.2020 €244,00 Inquiry 29.10.2021 to 04.11.2021
FCE CB Fri 19.11.2021 Mon 02.11.2020 €244,00 Inquiry 03.12.2021 to 09.12.2021
FCE CB Sat 04.12.2021 Tue 16.11.2021 €244,00 Inquiry 17.12.2021 to 23.12.2021