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NEW FCE AND CAE SPECIFICATION FOR 2015

tuesday 28 october 2014 at 18h40

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The updated exams will start being used for exam sessions in January 2015.

Here are the main changes to the Cambridge English: First exam that start from January 2015:

  • The exam will be about 30 minutes shorter. But it still covers all the same language skills and tests at the same level as the current version;
  • The exam will have four papers, not five;
  • The Reading and Use of English papers are now combined into a single paper that looks at language knowledge and reading skills;
  • Cambridge English: First (FCE) results will be reported on the new Cambridge English Scale. The results given on the Cambridge English Scale will give you a detailed understanding of your performance. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English. These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. All results for Cambridge English exams will be reported on the same scale, so it will also be easy to measure progress from one exam to another.

Paper

Content

Marks
(% of total)

Purpose

Reading and Use of English
(1 hour 15 minutes)

7 parts/52 questions

40%

Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with tasks that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary..

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 essays.

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.

Here are the main changes to the Cambridge English: Advanced exam that start from January 2015:

  • The exam will be 45 minutes shorter. But it still covers all the same language skills and tests at the same level as the current version.
  • The exam will have four papers, not five.
  • The Reading and Use of English papers are now combined into a single paper that looks at language knowledge and reading skills.
  • There will be some new tasks and tests in the Reading and Use of English, Writing and Speaking papers.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced results will be reported on the new Cambridge English Scale. The results given on the Cambridge English Scale will give you a detailed understanding of your performance. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English. These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. 

Paper

Content

Marks
(% of total)

Purpose

Reading and Use of English (1 hour 30 minutes)

8 parts/56 questions

40%

Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with different types of exercise that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.

Writing
(1 hour 30 minutes)

2 parts

20%

You create two different pieces of writing, such as essays, letters/emails, proposals, reports and reviews.

Listening
(about 40 minutes)

4 parts/30 questions

20%

Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations.

Speaking
(15 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.