If you are planning to take a Cambridge Exam in June, be sure to read up on how to prepare for it early in the semester.
You are not required to take a preparation course before taking a Cambridge examination, but we recommend that you do. If you have any questions about the topic please contact Bettina Kröll (email@example.com, 0228 - 77 3643).
Cambridge English: First is made up of four papers:
- Reading and Use of English (1 hour 15 minutes): Shows that you can understand texts from publications such as books, newspapers and magazines. (Tue 12 Jun)
- Writing (1 hour 20 minutes): Shows that you can write different text types, such as an essay, report or a letter. (Tue 12 Jun)
- Listening (approximately 40 minutes): Shows that you can follow a range of spoken materials, such as news and everyday conversations. (Tue 12 Jun)
- Speaking (14 minutes per pair of candidates): Shows that you can communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates. (Fri 15 Jun)
Reading and Use of English carries 40% and the rest of the tests each carry 20% of the total mark. Candidates can access their results through the University of Cambridge results website after 4 to 6 weeks. You will receive a separate score for each of the five skills (reading, use of English, writing, listening and speaking). These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam.
There are three Pass grades - A/Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level C1 (score between 180 and 190), B/CEFR level B2 (score between 173 and 179), C/CEFR level B2 (score between 160 and 172) - and two Fail grades - CEFR level B1 (140 and 159) and Not Reported (139 and below). There is no minimum pass mark for individual papers. The grade is based on the total score of all 5 papers. Certificates are awarded to candidates who score 140 and above and are despatched approximately 10 days after the results release window has ended.
Cambridge English: First (FCE) is an internationally accepted qualification at B2 level that proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on a course taught in English. Further information on this exam: www.cambridgeenglish.org.
Cambridge First Certificate in English B2
FCE tests competence in English for most everyday and work situations. Our ‘Study Course’ expands and refines your vocabulary, reviews and reinforces grammatical structures, and trains you in discussion strategies and communication styles for a variety of situations. You will also develop an awareness of appropriate lexis, register and cultural conventions in discussion. Most learners spend two or even three semesters in this course.
The ‘Examination Practice’ seminar is solely intended to familiarise you with the examination format, providing extensive practice and feedback, especially on the listening, speaking and writing tasks.
This course provides systematic language practice for participants with an intermediate level of English and optional preparation for the Cambridge FCE examination. In addition to practising your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, you will work on improving grammar usage and extending your active vocabulary. The VHS Siegen is a Cambridge Examination Centre. The next examination is in December 2018. Registration is optional.