FCE for Schools is a certificate that shows a pupil can deal with everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level.

There are two versions of FCE available: FCE and FCE for Schools. Both follow exactly the same format and the level of the question papers is identical. The only difference is that the content and treatment of topics in FCE for Schools have been particularly targeted at the interests and experience of school pupils.


Why FCE for Schools?

  • FCE for Schools is specially tailored to suit the interests of pupils, so it increases their motivation to learn English.
  • Because it is based on familiar topics and situations, FCE for Schools gives pupils the confidence to use their English.
  • Passing FCE for Schools inspires enthusiasm in pupils to move on to further qualifications .
  • A Cambridge English qualification gives pupils a head start in life. Our qualifications are recognised by colleges, universities, employers and governments around the world.

What will FCE for Schools help pupils do?

FCE for Schools is at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability. The framework uses six levels to describe language ability from A1 to C2. 'Can Do' statements have been used to describe these levels in terms of real skills with language.

For example, at B2 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing
  • keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
  • produce clear, detailed writing, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view.

Your preparation for FCE for Schools will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

What is involved in taking the FCE for Schools exam?

FCE for Schools has five papers:
  • Reading: 1 hour
    You will need to be able to understand information in fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines.
  • Writing: 1 hour 20 minutes
    You will have to show you can produce two different pieces of writing such as a short story, a letter, an article, a report, a review or an essay.
  • Use of English: 45 minutes
    Your use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well you control your grammar and vocabulary.
  • Listening: 40 minutes
    You need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of spoken material, including news programmes, speeches, stories and anecdotes and public announcements.
  • Speaking: 14 minutes
    You will take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three, and you will be tested on your ability to take part in different types of interaction: with the examiner, with the other candidates and by yourself.
For more information on the FCE for Schools exam please visit the specialized Cambridge English website: http://www.schools.cambridgeesol.org

Registration Period and Exam Fees
'Paper Based' Sessions 'Computer Based' Sessions
Exam date
Final entry date
  Saturday 30 November 2013
Session available in Barcelona and Tarragona
27 October 2013
180 €
Tuesday 10 December 2013
Session available in Barcelona and Manresa
3 December 2013

Late registration and cancellations

A late registration fee of 40 € per candidate will be charged for entries received after the end of the registration period. In the case of late entries space is subject to availability. If a candidate is unable to attend an exam session on medical grounds, a 24 € administration fee will be retained by the centre and the remainder of the fees will be returned to the candidate. No refund will be made for any other reason.

Special arrangements for candidates

Cambridge English provides a Special Arrangements service for some candidates, for example those with learning difficulties, hearing difficulties or visual difficulties.

For further information on the services we provide, click the links on the left or below:

Learning difficulties
Hearing or speaking difficulties
Visual difficulties

We also have information on the range of modified materials that can be provided for candidates with special requirements.


In order to avoid spelling mistakes on exam certificates, please make sure that candidates' names and surnames are spelt correctly and that you have included their date of birth. The centre cannot accept responsibility for spelling mistakes or missing accents on final certificates. Schools registering groups of students should provide us with their name, address, email and telephone number so that we can issue results directly to the school.



FCE 2011-2012
Set Texts for Paper 2: Writing
Macbeth, The ELT Graphic Novel (Heinle Cengage Learning) William Shakespeare.
Touching the Void (Macmillan Readers) Joe Simpson

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