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
Reading and Use of English (75 minutes)
7 parts/ 52 questions
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
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
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)
Students demonstrate their speaking skill with the examiner and another candidate.
B2 First for Schools (FCE) speaking test, Kok Wee and Chris
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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"
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?
All Candidates benefit from the highest level of service regardless of which option is chosen at registration.
Paper based and Computer based testing
Unlimited spaces for paper based exams
Changes after registration until registration deadline without surcharge (includes cancellation)
Late registration possible – candidate must contact this exam centre
Choice of speaking test partner now possible
Candidates and Schools have simultaneous access to results online
Certificates are despatched by registered post
Standard Exam plus Retake Option
Candidates who choose this option upon registration will benefit from all the advantages of the standard exam PLUS the Retake Option. (subject to this exam centre's Conditions and Regulations for Entry)
Candidates who fail to achieve the lowest passing score in their exam level by 1, 2 or 3 points are entitled to retake the same exam again.
The retake exam must be taken within 6 months of the original written exam date
The retake exam will be free of charge
Choosing Speaking Partners
Partners must register for the same exam level, region, written and speaking test dates.
The first person to register cannot select a partner but will receive a reference code upon registration
The second person to register should enter this code during the online registration process
School block entry registrations
Before registering your students contact the exam centre for instructions.
I , ask that these candidates be admitted to this examination. I undertake on their behalf to ensure that these candidates are made aware of and comply with the regulations and the arrangements made by the Centre Exams Manager as stated in the Important Links section below.
In the case of minors I have obtained the necessary permission from a parent or guardian to take a test day photo if required.
I have notified the Centre Exams Manager of any candidates with special needs.
I have informed the candidates of the exam dates as identified on the Examination Calendar.
I have informed the candidates that they must bring a valid ID/Passport to the examination. I understand that if candidates do not show a valid ID/Passport at the examination, they will not be allowed to sit the examination.
I understand that registrations are only valid once proof of full payment together with a copy of the registered candidate list has been received by the exam centre.