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FCE and CAE tips and tricks

January 29th 2019

TEG English

Let’s face it, every time that you are looking for a job, English is always there as a main competence. You are good at English, but you don’t have anything that shows your level? Don’t worry, there is a simple solution: First and Advance Cambridge Exams. Read the following FCE and CAE tips and tricks to make your way to success!

Here you will read about:

  • What do You need First (FCE) or Advance (CAE) certificates for?
  • What is the structure of the exams?
  • Steps to get ready for your exam.
  • Exam dates 2019 at our Portsmouth Exam Centre

What do you need FCE or CAE for?

When it comes to getting a job or securing a place at university, your English has to be at the right level. One of the best ways to prove this is by taking an internationally recognized exam. The Cambridge First and Advanced exams are really good options, they are highly respected and accepted by over 130 countries worldwide. All UK universities now accept the C1 Advanced as proof of English language ability and the certificate lasts for life unlike the IELTS which only lasts for two years.

What is the structure of the exams?

The Cambridge Advanced (CAE) is C1 level and the Cambridge First (FCE) is B2 level but both of the exams have a very similar format. The exam is divided in four sections:

  • Reading and use of English: 1:15 hours (7 parts/52 questions)
  • Writing: 1:20 hours (2 parts)
  • Listening: 40 minutes (4 parts/30 questions)
  • Speaking: 14 minutes per pair of candidates (4 parts)

The three first sections (reading and use of English, writing and listening) are on paper. And the forth one is face to face, with two candidates and two examiners, so there is a more realistic atmosphere to test your communication skills.

Pro FCE and CAE tips and tricks:

  • Read carefully each part of the exam, and don’t answer anything unless you have done so.
  • Don’t be tricked! An answer is not necessarily correct because it has the same or similar word that one used in the text.
  • Don’t forget to write your answers the separate sheet.
  • Make sure to check you spelling in each part of the test, this is very important in every exam but specially in the FCE writing section.

Steps to get ready for FCE and CAE.

Passing the exams is not just a case of improving your English (although of course this is very important), you also need to know the format of the exam. There are many tips and tricks that your teachers can show you to pick up more points and there are also a number of techniques that can help you tackle the different sections of the test in the limited time that you have. Taking an exam preparation course is therefore a must if you want to get the result that you need!

At TEG English we do exam preparation for the Cambridge First and Cambridge Advanced Exams every Monday and Wednesday evening from 18.00 – 21.00 at Cardiff, Bristol, Southampton and Portsmouth.

We also now offer full time Cambridge Exam preparation in the mornings from 09.30 -12.45 Monday – Friday in all our branches.

Click here to know more about our courses. Or contact us by Facebook clicking in the little chat icon on the bottom-right part of your screen!

Exam Dates 2019

One great thing about studying at our Portsmouth branch is that you can also take your exam with us. Below are the dates for our exams;

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