FCE - First Certificate in English
Level B2 (Lower)
Part 1 - Reading (1 hour)
Part 2 - Writing (1 hour 20 minutes)
Part 3 - Use of English (45 minutes)
Part 4 - Listening (40 minutes)
Part 5 - Speaking (14 minutes)
The Reading part consists of 3 texts
a. a text followed by 8 multiple choice questions
b. a text from which 7 sentences have been removed, there is also an extra sentence.
c. a text or several short texts followed by multiple matching questions.
a. one compulsory writing task
b. one task from a choice of five questions (an article, an essay, a letter, an email, a report, a review, or a short story, with a focus on advising, apologising, comparing, describing, explaining, expressing opinions, justifying, persuading, recommending, suggesting)
Use of English
a. a cloze text followed by 12 multiple choice questions.
b. an open cloze text containing 12 gaps.
c. a word formation exercise containing 12 gaps
d. 8 key word transformation sentences.
a. 8 extracts followed by a multiple choice question.
b. a sentence completion task consisting of 10 questions.
c. 5 short monologues with 5 multiple matching exercises.
d. seven multiple choice questions.
Speaking (2 candidates)
a. a conversation with the interlocutor.
b. an individual "long turn" followed by a response from the second candidate.
c. a two-way conversation between the two candidates
d. a discussion realted to topics in part 3.
For more details download the Cambridge ESOL Handook for the FCE. http://www.cambridgeesol.org/assets/pdf/resources/teacher/fce_hb_dec08.pdf