FCE exam dates

At English Academy Varna you can register for the following exam sessions in 2017/2018:

Dates for Writing, Listening, Reading and Use of English

Dates for Speaking:

Registration deadline

9 December 2017

24 Nov - 10 Dec 2017

25 October 2017

10 March 2018

2 - 11 March 2018

2 February 2018

14 April 2018

6 - 15 April 2018

9 March 2018

12 June 2018

8 - 17 June 2018

4 May 2018

26 July 2018

20 - 29 July 2018

15 June 2018

15 December 2018

7 - 16 Dec 2018

2 November 2018

For alternative dates please check the British Council website.

Exam preparation:

English Academy provides FCE preparation courses 3 or 4 times a year. Please check FCE preparation course for more information.

How to register for FCE:

You can register for the FCE exam at English Academy. Please bring with you your ID card/passport and a proof of a bank transfer. If you are unable to come you can send a person with your notarised written agreement and with a copy of your ID card/passport to register you.

The fee for the test for 2017 is 360 BGN. Fees must be paid by bank transfer to British Council bank account:
CITIBANK, 2 Maria Luiza Blvd, Sofia.
IBAN Leva account: BG77 CITI 9250 1051 0015 01

Why take FCE?

The Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) is recognised by many universities and other educational institutions as proof of high level English skills. An FCE certificate is an important asset for anyone who wants to work or study abroad, or in international business. 

FCE is taken by more than 270,000 people each year in more than 100 countries. It is a valuable qualification for anyone who wants to work or study abroad or to develop a career which requires language skills, including business, medicine, engineering and many other professions. It is also useful preparation for higher level examinations, such as the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English and the Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Cambridge Certificates are acknowledged by employers and education institutions throughout the world.

Exam recognition

You can search the recognition database for up-to-date lists of organisations which officially accept or use Cambridge English exams here.

Exam information:

The exam is set at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) recognises the ability to deal confidently with a range of written and spoken communications.

If you are not sure which exam is right for you, you can test your English at English Academy during one of our registration periods. Our test will give you an idea of your English level and tell you which Cambridge ESOL exam might be the most appropriate for you.

FCE is also useful preparation if you are working towards higher level exams, such as CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) and CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English).

The Cambridge exams cover the four language skills - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. They include a range of tasks which assess your ability to use English. The Cambridge exams assess your ability to communicate effectively and accurately in English in a wide range of situations for almost any purpose.

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.

Results:

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.

Results are issued approximately two months after the date of the written exams. Certificates are sent to successful candidates approximately one month after results are issued. All candidates who register at English Аcademy will receive their certificates from us. You can access your results through the Cambridge ESOL Results Online website. Results Online access details are provided by exam centres.

Your score is based on your total score in all five papers and is shown as a percentage between 0 and 100.

Your grade depends on the score you achieve:

Grade

Score %

CEFR level

A

80–100% (180-190 points)

C1*

B

75–79% (173-179 points)

B2

C

60–74% (160-172 points)

B2

CEFR Level B1

45–59% (140-159 points)

B1*

*EXTENDED CERTIFICATION
From March 2011 Cambridge ESOL has introduced Extended Certification aimed at giving many candidates additional credit for the language skills they have demonstrated in a Cambridge ESOL examination. Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond B2 level.

  • First Certificate in English – Level C1 - Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond B2 level. If you achieve grade A in your exam, you will receive the First Certificate in English stating that you demonstrated ability at Level C1.
  • First Certificate in English – Level B2 - If you achieve grade B or C in your exam, you will be awarded the First Certificate in English at Level B2.
  • Level B1 certificate - If your performance is below Level B2, but falls within Level B1, we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at B1 level.

For further information about Cambridge Exams visit Cambridge ESOL website.