FCE

Paper Content Marks
(% of total)
Purpose
Reading
(1 hour)
3 parts/30 questions 20% Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines.
Writing
(1 hour 20 minutes)
2 parts 20% Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews and short stories.
Use of English
(45 minutes)
4 parts/42 questions 20% Tests your use of English with tasks that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.
Listening
(about 40 minutes)
4 parts/30 questions 20% Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.
Speaking
(14 minutes per pair of candidates)
4 parts 20% Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.