Closure of the Cambridge English Examinations Centre, Bern

The current disruption resulting from the Coronavirus has caused enormous personal, professional and economic difficulties for us all. We at the Cambridge English Examinations Centre, Bern have done our utmost to fulfil obligations to candidates and schools during these past weeks and have carried out all written and oral examinations up to and including Saturday, 14 March 2020.

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that the Cambridge English Examinations Centre, Bern is ceasing business with immediate effect and will no longer be able to accept any registrations for future examinations.

Over many years we have valued working together with you, your staff and your students. All our efforts have been focussed on providing professional support and services towards the achievement of a successful outcome for candidates in the examinations. We hope you will agree that we have fulfilled these commitments.

We would like to refer you to our partner Centres for Summer registrations.

We will be sending you information regarding refunds for your fees in a separate email during the next few days.

I am enormously grateful for your personal and business collaboration and wish you and your students the very best for the future.

Anne Gruaz

To all schools and candidates wishing to register for Cambridge exams.

We have received offers of help for our clients from the following centres:

Basel –

Geneva –

St. Gallen -

Valais & Vaud East -

Vaud West – Lausanne -

We have accepted their offer of help for you and would ask you to contact one of the above centres for any future registrations.

All candidates and schools that have paid Cambridge English Exams Centre Bern for exams scheduled between 15.03.2020 and 31.12.2020 will receive a full refund.

To claim your refund please fill out one of the forms below and return it to immediately.

It is not possible for us to transfer your fee to another exams centre.

Thank you for your patience while we process the refunds.




What is it?

The B2 First qualification confirms that you have the ability to attend some courses taught in English or even to live self-sufficiently in an English-speaking country.

B2 First for Schools (FCE for Schools)

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Why should I do the exam?

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

  • discuss successfully with others, expressing your 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 kinds of texts

Format of the exam

Paper Content Marks Purpose
Reading and Use of English
(75 minutes)
7 parts/ 52 questions 40% Tests your ability to deal with a variety of material, for instance, books, journals and other publications.
Use of English skill is determined by tasks that show how well you can handle word usage and language rules.
(80 minutes)
2 parts/ 2 tasks 20% Calls for you to compose two diverse types of texts, for example, an article, a report or an essay.
(about 40 minutes)
4 parts/ 30 questions 20% Demonstrates your ability to understand a variety of different recordings, for example - radio broadcasts and presentations or interviews.
(14 minutes per pair of candidates)
4 parts 20% Demonstrates your speaking skill in a conversation with another candidate.

B2 First (FCE) speaking test, Ottavia and Hannah

B2 First (FCE) speaking test, Victoria and Edward

Good to know

  • What is the difference between the B2 First (FCE) exam and the B2 First for Schools (FCE) exam?
    • Both exams are the same level and format. However, the B2 First is designed for people who have left school and may already be working, whereas the content of the B2 First for Schools version is directed at the experiences of school-age students. 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 (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?
  • What is a test day photo?
    • Due to increased regulations and exam security concerns, a photo will be taken on the day of the speaking test for the FCE-CAE-CPE exams. If anyone else wishes to have their photo taken they should contact the exam centre when they register for their exam.

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