Experts in Language Assessment
First Certiﬁcatein English
Handbook for teachers
for examinations from December 2008
© UCLES 2007
The First Certificate in English is at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment published by the Council of Europe
FCE content and overview
Part/timing Content Part 1 A text followed by eight multiple-choice questions. A text from which seven sentences have been removed and placed in a jumbled order, together with an additional sentence, after the text. A text or several short texts preceded by 15 multiplematching questions. One compulsory question. Candidates choose one task from a choice of five questions (including the set text options). Candidates are expected to be able to write nonspecialised text types such as an article, an essay, a letter, an email, a report, a review, or a short story, with a focus on advising, apologising, comparing, describing, explaining, expressing opinions, justifying, persuading, recommending, suggesting. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to apply their knowledge of the language system by completing a number of tasks. Test focus Candidates are expected to show understanding of specific information, text organisation features, tone, and text structure.
READING 1 hour
WRITING 1 hour 20 minutes
A modified cloze test containing 12 gaps and followed by 12 multiple-choice items. A modified open cloze test containing 12 gaps. A text containing 10 gaps. Each gap corresponds to a word. The stems of the missing words are given beside the text and must be changed to form the missing word. Eight separate questions, each with a lead-in sentence and a gapped second sentence to be completed in two to five words, one of which is a given ‘key word’. A series of eight short unrelated extracts from monologues or exchanges between interacting speakers....