First Certificate Level 1 – Samples Questions and Answers

First Certificate Level 1 – Samples Questions and Answers

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Pick a section to get started with any of the free lessons below for the First Certificate (English) (FCE) Exam:

The updated Cambridge English: First for Schools exam (for exam sessions from January 2015) is made up of four papers developed to test students' English language skills. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.

This web site deals with Paper 1 - Reading and Paper 2 - Writing exercises


Paper Content Purpose
Reading and Use of English
(1 hour 15 minutes)
7 parts /
52 questions
Students need to be able to understand a range of texts, including how they are organised and the opinions and attitudes expressed in them. The texts will be from sources familiar to school-aged learners, such as magazines, articles, fiction and advertisements, but targeted at the interests of students.

Students’ use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well they can control their grammar and vocabulary.

Writing 2 parts Students are required to produce two pieces of writing. The first piece is compulsory and will be an essay of 140–190 words. For the second, they can choose from an article, email/letter, essay, review or story of 140–190 words.
(about 40 minutes)
4 parts /
30 questions

Requires being able to follow and understand a range of familiar spoken materials, such as news programmes, public announcements and other sources, but targeted at the interests of school-aged learners.
(14 minues per pair of candidates)
4 parts A face to face test taken with one or two other candidates and an examiner. Students have to show how well they can produce spontaneous spoken language, talking with either the examiner, the other candidate, or by themselves.
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