What is it?

The B2 First for Schools qualification confirms that students have the ability necessary to converse and work with others in an English-speaking setting.

B2 First for Schools (FCE for Schools)

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Why should I do the exam?

The B2 First for Schools certificate proves that students have enough skill to enter university level foundational classes or undergraduate lectures offered in English in many non-English-speaking countries. A B2 First for Schools certificate demonstrates that students are able to:

  • discuss successfully with others, expressing their opinion and reasons
  • write in thorough, clear-cut English to share points of view and express the pros and cons of varying opinions
  • listen to and understand the news
  • write various types of texts

Format of the exam

Paper Content Marks Purpose
Reading and Use of English
(75 minutes)
7 parts/ 52 questions 40% Tests a student’s ability to deal with a variety of material. The texts may come from stories, magazines, adverts etc.
Use of English skill is tested via a range of tasks demonstrating the students’ handling of sentence structure and word usage.
Writing
(80 minutes)
2 parts/ 2 tasks 20% Calls for students to create two types of written texts, for example, a story, a review or a letter.
Listening
(40 minutes)
4 parts/ 30 questions 20% Students demonstrate their ability to understand the meaning of a variety of spoken recordings aimed at the concerns of students from sources such as normal conversations, radio shows or podcasts.
Speaking
(14 minutes per pair of candidates)
4 parts 20% Students demonstrate their speaking skill with the examiner and another candidate.

B2 First for Schools (FCE) speaking test, Kok Wee and Chris

Good to know

  • What is the difference between the B2 First for Schools (FCE) exam and the B2 First (FCE) exam?
    • Both exams are the same level and format, however, the B2 First for Schools version is directed at the experiences of school-age students whereas the content of the B2 First is designed for people who have left school and may already be working. The certificate awarded is the B2 First for both versions.
  • How do I know if the exam is on paper or on a computer?
    • Our exams are normally offered as paper-based exams. If the exam is a computer-based exam, under the exam date listed on the Dates & Registration page it would appear as: "B2 First for Schools (FCE) – Computer Based"
  • What must I bring to my exam?
    • Some kind of valid governmental photo identification such as a passport or identity card - check the expiration date.
    • For candidates aged 17 or under on the exam days who do not own a valid ID or cannot get an emergency passport, please complete this form and send it to the office at the latest two weeks before the exam.
    • you will need a pencil to complete the exam papers - if a pen is required it will be provided.
    • a bottle of still water is allowed.
  • What if the expiration date on my identification is expired?

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