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Cambridge English:  First Certificate in English (FCE) Guide

Would you like to take the Cambridge English First Certificate examination?  Unique Language Training offers one-to-one classes in this test as well as other Cambridge ESOL tests and the IELTS examination.  In this article, we take a brief look at various parts of the FCE exam.  


FCE Reading

In order to prepare for the reading part of this English language exam, you should read as many English language materials as possible.  In class, your tutor should look at your reading ability and check your vocabulary level.  Our language instructors will offer tips and hints for reading the exam paper successfully and answering the questions well.


FCE Writing

This part of the test is split into two parts:  A short response to an e-mail or letter and then a longer essay from a choice of several questions.  Due to the length of time involved with the writing exercises, a lot of the work with this will be done in your own time.  Our language instructors will look at your work and point out any areas that need improving as well as looking for any errors that you make consistently.


FCE Use of English

Arguably, this is the most difficult aspect of Cambridge:  English First Certificate because the focus in this part of the exam rests heavily on grammar and sentence structure.  To succeed in this, you will need to have a strong knowledge of grammar in the English language.  The best way to do this is by taking intensive grammar exercises both inside and outside of the classroom.


FCE Listening

As with reading, this part of the test is something that can practised anywhere and at any time.  Your Unique tutor will be encouraging you to listen as much as you can to the radio, television and the people around you.  We can also provide you with hints and tips on passing the Cambridge:  English First Certificate listening exam.


FCE Speaking

The best and only way that this part of Cambridge:  First Certificate can be prepared for properly is with a native speaker instructor who knows the test and can offer advice and help along the way.  We will simulate the Cambridge:  First speaking test in order to show you how it is done.  If you are unable to study with us, we would offer one piece of advice:  Focus on complete interaction.  Engage the examiner and your partner during the test.  



For more information on preparation courses for Cambridge English:  First Certificate (FCE), please contact us by e-mail, telephone (020) 3566 0145 or by filling in the form on this screen.  

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