FCE is an exam which shows that you can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level. It is an ideal exam for people who want to use English for work or study purposes.
We have exam centres in Barcelona, Mataró, Palma de Mallorca, Sabadell, Tarragona, Terrassa and Zaragoza -- and we also offer exams in other towns such as Castelldefels and Vilanova (etcetera).
At some of our centres, you can choose either the traditional paper-based exam or the computer-based (CB) test and there are also special "for schools" editions.
Dates and enrolment
You can take First Certificate at least one of our centres nearly every month of the year. Matriculation is currently open for these sessions:
Price and payment
2017: €188. You can pay either online (see Enrolment link, above) or in person at any of our centres. Contact us if you need assistance!
Note that oral exams can be from up to two weeks before the written exams until the following day, including Saturdays.
FCE corresponds to Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) | More about the different levels
At B2 level, typical users can be expected to:
Your preparation for FCE will give you these kinds of practical language skills.
If you are working towards acquiring those skills and your level of English currently permits you to do approximately those things, then FCE is probably the right exam for you.
The best way to find out if you're ready to take the exam is to come and do a full level test, including an oral test.
You can do this (free of charge, no commitment!) at any of our centers.
Reading and Use of English
1 hour 15 minutes
For the Use of English section of this paper, you will be tested by tasks which show how well you control your grammar and vocabulary. For the Reading part, you will need to be able to understand information in fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines.
1 hour 20 minutes
The first part of the writing paper is obligatory. In this section you have to write an essay – based on the title and some notes that have been provided for you. In the second part of the writing paper, you have a choice. You can write an email or letter, article, review, report.
You need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of spoken material, including news programmes, speeches, stories and anecdotes and public announcements.
You will take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three, and you will be tested on your ability to take part in different types of interaction: with the examiner, with the other candidates and by yourself.