B2 First (FCE) and B2 First for Schools

FCE is a B2 Level exam and certificate and is one of the most widespread of all Cambridge English exams. Would you also like to take it and get the certificate? We will test you and we can also prepare you for the exam.

FCE exam dates at IH Bratislava 2020

Exam duration: approx 3 hours, 30 min.
Written part is usually on Saturday.
 
Level
CEFR / Type
Exam date/
written part
Registration
closing
Fee Exam date/
oral part
B2 First 14.12.2019 06.11.2019 180 EUR 06/12/2019 – 15/12/2019
B2 First 7.3.2020 29.01.2020 185 EUR 28/02/2020 - 08/03/2020
B2 First 18.4.2020 11.03.2020 185 EUR 10/04/2020 - 19/04/2020
B2 First 16.5.2020 07.04.2020 185 EUR 08/05/2020 - 17/05/2020
B2 First
for Schools
23.5.2020 14.04.2020 185 EUR 15/05/2020 - 24/05/2020
B2 First /
B2 First for Schools
6.6.2020 29.04.2020 185 EUR 29/05/2020 - 07/06/2020
B2 First 9.6.2020/ Tuesday 03.05.2020 185 EUR 05/06/2020 - 14/06/2020
B2 First 20.6.2020 12.05.2020 185 EUR 12/06/2020 - 21/06/2020

Online registration form

We can run the testing by four test takers.

Exam process
General binding conditions for registration (PDF 109kb)


Would you like to be prepared for the exam?
Register for our FCE preparation courses.

You don’t have time for a course?
We offer you online FCE preparation with IH Campus and preparation sample FCE tests with NetLanguages.

 
add Why choose B2 First (FCE) and B2 First for Schools?
  • Candidates get an internationally recognised certificate, B2 First (FCE) at level B2 and thus improve their position on the job market, prove their English language knowledge sufficient to live and work independently in an English speaking country, or study courses held in English.
  • Candidates show their English language knowledge and command of all skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar and vocabulary.
  • Candidates receive a written evaluation containing the results of each part of the exam as well as the overall result.
  • Successful candidates get an internationally recognised certificate (B2 First Certificate), which is valid for life.
add What does "for Schools" mean?
  • B2 First for Schools is specially adapted to secondary school students aged 14-18 to increase their motivation for learning English.
  • B2 First and B2 First for Schools are identical in their difficulty level. They only differ in contents and topics – in B2 First for Schools, authors are focused on the range of experiences and interests of secondary school students.
  • B2 First for Schools (FCE for Schools) and B2 First (FCE) certificates are identical and there is no mention about the former being a “for Schools” version.
  • It is possible to organise the exams at your school.
add Exam contents and format
Part Time Parts /
questions
Contents, word count Overall score
percentage
Reading
and
Use of English
1 hour
15 minutes
7 parts /
52 questions
Dealing with different text genres such as fiction,
newspapers, and magazines. This part tests your
grammar and vocabulary in various tasks.
40 %
Writing 1 hour
20 min.
2 tasks Two different pieces of writing such as letters,
reports, reviews and essays. 
20 %
Listening approx. 40 min. 4 parts /
30 questions
Understanding of different recordings such as TV news,
presentations or everyday communication.
20 %
Speaking 14 min. 
(pair of candidates)
 4 parts Speaking:
- with examiner 
- with other candidate 
- about oneself
20 %
add Evaluation and certificate
Tested skills are evaluated individually. The candidate scores a certain number of points in each part.

Successful candidates are graded by one of the following grades– “A”, “B” or “C”. 
The score reflects your level of English. The final result determines your overall grade.  

To get the certificate (B2 First Certificate) proving your B2 level, you need to reach at least 160 points.
 
Score Grade CEFR Level
180-190 Grade A C1
173-179 Grade B B2
160-172 Grade C B2 
140-159   B1


Candidates scoring between 140 and 159 get a Statement of Results and a certificate  of B1 Level.

The exam result is available online within 4-6 weeks after the exam. Via a FREE online results service you can access the Statement of Results document containing the results from each part of the exam as well as your overall score.

Sample Statement of Results (pdf)
Understanding the Statement of Results (pdf)



If you have any further questions contact us at: 
email: exams@ihbratislava.sk, tel: 02/52962675