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FCE Exam Cambridge

  1. 1. FCEALMABELÉNBENJAMÍN
  2. 2. WHAT DO THE ACRONYMS STAND FOR?The First Certificate in English (FCE) is ageneral proficiency examination at level B2in the Council of Europes commonEuropean Framework of Reference .
  3. 3. First Certification in English Certificate in English WHEN CAN I TAKE THE CERTIFICATION? Cambridge English paper-based exams: • Sat 13 October • Sat 10 November • Tue 4 December • Sat 8 December • Sat 9 March 2013 • Fri 15 March 2013
  4. 4. First Certificate in English WHEN CAN I TAKE THE CERTIFICATION? Cambridge English computer-based exams: • Fri 28 September • Sat 20 October • Fri 30 November • Tue 11 December • Sat 19 January • Sat 23 February
  5. 5. First Certification in Englis Certificate in English WHERE CAN I TAKE THE CERTIFICATION?• There are 19 centres in Mexico which offer the FCE exam.• There are two kinds of authorized Cambridge ESOL centres: Open Centres Open centres are authorized to run examinations for all candidates, including those who are not taking a preparation course at the institution that runs the centre. Many open centres also run preparation courses for the Cambridge ESOL exams. Internal Centres Internal Centres are authorized to run examinations only forstudents who are enrolled as students at the institution thatruns the centre.
  6. 6. First Certificate in EnglishWHERE CAN I TAKE THE CERTIFICATION? There are three open centres in Mexico City:
  7. 7. First Certificate in English HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $ 2, 520.00 $ 2, 610.00 $ 2, 620.00
  8. 8. First Certificate in English WHAT IS THE HIGHEST SCORE? Results Score Pass at Grade A 80 to 100 Level C1 Pass at Grade B 75 to 79 Pass at Grade C 60 to 74 Level B1 45 to 59 Fail 0 to 44
  9. 9. First Certification in English Certificate in English WHAT IS THE SCORE NEEDED TO GET AN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE PROGRAM? Level of English Grade A needed for most academic purposes Grade B Grade C Level B1
  10. 10. First Certification in English Certificate in English TYPES OF EXERCISES The exam is divided into 5 sections:
  11. 11. First Certificate in English HOW LONG DOES THE EXAM LAST? APPROXIMATELY FIVE HOURS The exam may be taken on paper or an computer, just consult the relevant dates.
  12. 12. First Certificate in English READING • Time allowed: 1 hour 15 minutes • Number of parts: 3 • Number of questions: 30 • This section is worth 20% of the total score • Lengths of texts: 550–700 words per text: about 2,000 words to read in total • Texts may be from: newspaper and magazine articles, reports, fiction, advertisements, letters, messages, informational material (e.g. brochures, guides, manuals, etc.)
  13. 13. First Certificate in English READING PART 1: MULTIPLE CHOICE - It’s a text with some multiple-choice questions. Each question has four options (A, B, C or D) and you have to decide which is the correct answer. - What do I have to practice? How to understand the details of a text, including opinions and attitudes. - How many questions are there? 8
  14. 14. First Certificate in English First ertification in English READING:PART 2: GAPPED TEXT- It’s a text with some emptyspaces (gaps). After the textthere are some sentences takenfrom the text. You have tochoose the correct sentence foreach gap.- What do I have to practice? How to understand thestructure and follow thedevelopment of a text.- How many questions are there? 7
  15. 15. First Certificate in English READING PART 3: READING FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION It’s a series of questions and a long text or several short texts to read. For each question, you have to decide which text or part of the text mentions some specific information. - What do I have to practice? How to find specific information in a text or texts. -How many questions are there? 15
  16. 16. First Certificate in English WRITING • Time allowed: 1 hour 20 minutes • Number of parts: 2 • Number of questions: Part 1: one compulsory question Part 2: one question from a choice of five • This section is worth 20% of the total score • Types of task: article, email, essay, letter, report, review, story
  17. 17. First Certificate in English WRITING PART 1: LETTER / E-MAIL - You have to write a letter or email using this information. You may have to apologize, compare, describe, explain, express opinions, justify, persuade, recommend, and/or suggest something. - How many questions are there? One compulsory question. - How much do I have to write? 120–150 words
  18. 18. First Certificate in English WRITINGPART 2: ARTICLE, ESSAY, LETTER,REPORT, REVIEW OR STORY- You have to write will be one of the following: an article, essay, letter, report, review or story.-What do I have to practice?Writing different types of text: articles,essays, letters, reports, reviews-How many questions are there? Onetask to be selected from a choice of five.How much do I have to write? 120– 180 words
  19. 19. First Certificate in English USE OF ENGLISH • Time allowed: 45 minutes • Number of parts: 4 • Number of questions: 42 • This section is worth 20% of the total score
  20. 20. First Certificate in English USE OF ENGLISH PART 1: GAP FILLING. MULTIPLE CHOICE CLOZE - It’s a text in which there are some missing words or phrases (gaps). After the text there are four possible answers for each gap and you have to choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D). - What do I have to practice? Vocabulary. - How many questions are there? 12
  21. 21. First Certificate in English USE OF ENGLISH PART 2: GAP FILLING: WORD PRODUCTION - It’s a text in which there are some missing words (gaps). You have to find the correct word for each gap. - What do I have to practice? Grammar and vocabulary. - How many questions are there? 12
  22. 22. First Certificate in English USE OF ENGLISH PART 3: GAP FILLING: WORD FAMILIES/ WORD FORMATION It s a text containing ten gaps. Each gap represents a word. At the end of the line is a ‘prompt’ word which you have to change in some way to make the correct missing word and complete the sentence correctly. What do I have to practice? Vocabulary, word building. How many questions are there? 10
  23. 23. First Certificate in English USE OF ENGLISH PART 4: KEY WORD TRANSFORMATIONS - We have a sentence followed by a key word and a second sentence which has a gap in it. You have to use the key word to complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence. - What do I have to practice? Grammar and vocabulary. How many questions are there? 8
  24. 24. First Certificate in English LISTENING • Time allowed: about 40 minutes • Number of parts: 4 • Number of questions: 30 • This section is worth 20% of the total score
  25. 25. First Certificate in English LISTENING PART 1: LISTENING. MULTIPLE CHOICE FOR DIFFERENT SITUATIONS Eight questions to test candidates’ ability to listen for gist in a series of unrelated texts. The testing focuses spelled out in each question.
  26. 26. First Certificate in English LISTENING PART 2: LISTENING. SENTENCE COMPLETION This part tests candidates’ ability to listen for specific words or phrases focusing on detail and specific information. The test is presented in the form of 10 questions. Candidates need to listen and complete the questions.
  27. 27. First Certificate in English LISTENING PART 3: LISTENING. MULTIPLE MATCHING This part focuses on the skill of listening for general gist, detail, purpose, attitude, opinion, etc. Candidates listen to five short texts with different speakers, which are related in some way.
  28. 28. First Certificate in English LISTENING PART 4: LISTENING. MULTIPLE CHOICE In this part, the predominant focus is on testing the candidates’ ability to listen for opinion, main idea, gist and specific info, and based on one long test.
  29. 29. First Certificate in English SPEAKING • Time allowed: 14 minutes per pair of candidates • Number of parts: 4 • This section is worth 20% of the total score • You have to talk: - with the examiner - with the other candidate - on your own
  30. 30. First Certificate in English SPEAKING Part 1: Interview (3 minutes) You usually take the speaking exam together with one other student. Each of you will be asked basic questions about your home town, family, work or study, leisure and future plans.
  31. 31. First Certificate in English SPEAKING Part 2: Individual tasks (4 minutes): Each of you will be asked to compare two colour photographs and explain your personal feelings about them (you will be asked to speak for 1 minute, without any interruption). You will also be asked to give your opinion about the other students photographs (you will be expected to speak for about 20 seconds).
  32. 32. First Certificate in English SPEAKING Part 3: Joint task (3 minutes) You will be shown some pictures. You will be asked to discuss these with the other student and to make a decision. Sometimes you will be asked to agree on the conclusion, and sometimes you will be told that you may make different decisions.
  33. 33. First Certificate in English SPEAKING Part 4: Three-way discussion (4 minutes): You will be asked to discuss (together with the other student and the examiner) some ideas that are connected with the joint task.
  34. 34. First Certificate in English CERTIFICATION
  35. 35. First Certificate in English IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cambridgeesol.org University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations offers the world’s most valuable range of English qualifications. Cambridge ESOL is part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge and Europe’s largest educational assessment organization.
  36. 36. First Certificate in English SOCIAL NETWORKS https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeESOL There are links to videos, podcasts and games. This is fun.
  37. 37. First Certificate in English SOCIAL NETWORKS http://www.youtube.com/CambridgeEnglishTV https://twitter.com/cambridgeesol In the social networks we can find useful tips and information about teaching, learning and researching the English language.
  38. 38. First Certificate in English THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION

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