FCE course - ONE ENGLISH

FCE course

“Cambridge English: First” is also abbreviated as FCE and is a Cambridge examination. To pass this exam you need at least B2 knowledge. With the First Certificate, you prove to have language skills at an upper-intermediate level and can communicate confidently and fluently and understand and write complex texts.

The ONE ENGLISH FCE course is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their English for professional or school purposes. The FCE certificate is highly recognized in Switzerland and internationally by many universities and educational institutions.

FCE course details

The course goal of our FCE course is B2/ Upper-intermediate level.

The required skill level for entry is a minimum B1 level.

If you’re not familiar with these abbreviations, click here to read our pdf English levels explained.

If you’re not sure about your English level, you should take our ONE ENGLISH placement test,send it to us via email and we will correct and give you feedback about your current level.

Our course is divided into two different parts:

The first part of the course (week 1- week 12): we focus on the structure of the exam, writing skills, speaking skills, grammatical structures, vocabulary and getting to know the exam strategies.

Halfway through the course (week 13 and 14): we organise a mid-course mock test and progress meeting with your teacher to discuss how realistic it is to take the exam successfully when the course ends.

The second part of the course (week 15-week 26): we focus on grammatical structures, vocabulary, time management and perfecting exam strategies. Additionally, we work a great deal with exam papers and hold mock Speaking tests in class to ensure our students are fully prepared for the upcoming exam.

The FCE course lasts approx. 2hrs  x 26 weeks

Students should have a minimum level of high A2/ B1 (CEFR level scale). This course is recommended to those who want to:

  • Study abroad (British University)
  • Develop professionally
  • Obtain a visa for work or study purposes

Steingraben 16, CH-4051 Basel

Course fee starting at…

  • What is included in this price?
    • Course book, Practise test book, Mock test including the speaking test, conversation class (once a week), individual mid-course progress, Consulting on all the different exam opportunities
  • What is not included in this price?
    • Exam fees

Upcoming course dates

Time slot: Wednesday 18:00 – 20:00

Start date: 13th October 2021

Vacation: two weeks at Christmas

Mid-course mock test: 26th January 2022

Mid-course progress meeting: 2nd February 2022

End date: 27th April 2022

For more information on the upcoming FCE course check out our course overview pdf.

One English Basel

The five parts of the exam

Duration: “Reading” and “Use of English” are examined together in one examination section. Candidates are given a total of 75 minutes to complete both parts.

Maximum test score Reading: 42 test score corresponds to 190 Cambridge English Scale score

Theoretical minimum score to pass the exam: 24 test score, equivalent to 160 Cambridge English Scale score

All examination parts are graded equally, missing points in one examination part can be partially compensated.

Duration: “Reading” and “Use of English” are examined together in one examination section. Candidates are given a total of 75 minutes to complete both parts.

Maximum test score Use of English: 28 test score corresponds to 190 Cambridge English Scale score

Theoretical minimum score to pass the exam: 18 test score, equivalent to 160 Cambridge English Scale score

All examination parts are graded equally , missing points in one examination part can be partially compensated.

Duration: 40 minutes

Maximum test score Listening: 30 test score corresponds to 190 Cambridge English Scale score

Theoretical minimum score to pass the exam: 18 test score, equivalent to 160 Cambridge English Scale score

All examination parts are graded equally, missing points in one examination part can be partially compensated.

Duration: 80 minutes

Maximum test score Writing: 40 test score corresponds to 190 Cambridge English Scale score

Theoretical minimum score to pass the exam: 24 test score, equivalent to 160 Cambridge English Scale score

All examination parts are graded equally, missing points in one examination part can be partially compensated.

Duration: 14 minutes

Maximum test score Speaking: 60 test score equals 190 Cambridge English Scale score

Theoretical minimum score to pass the exam: 36 test score, equivalent to 160 Cambridge English Scale score

All examination parts are graded equally, missing points in one examination part can be partially compensated.

More information about the exam

To pass the FCE, students need a minimum of 160 out of 190 Cambridge English Scale score.

  • Pass with grade A (180-190 Cambridge English scale score)
  • Pass with grade B (173-179 Cambridge English scale score)
  • Pass with grade C (160-172 Cambridge English scale score)
  • Level B1 failed  (140-159 Cambridge English scale score)

If you take the FCE exam and reach a level of C1 (Advanced), you will still not receive a CAE certificate.

Fortunately, the FCE certificate has no expiry date.

We do not hold any exams at ONE ENGLISH, these are held by external organisations which also issue the certificates.

Students can register for their exam via the following link:

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/find-a-centre/find-an-exam-centre/

Once you have selected the country, you must choose between paper and computer-based testing. A list of examination centres will then be displayed. Once you are on the website of your preferred examination centre, you will find specific dates and locations.

It’s a matter of taste. If you feel more comfortable with a conventional exam, then the paper-based exam will be more suitable for you. However, if you are more comfortable at the computer, then computer-based testing is the best option.

On average, you will have to wait two weeks longer for the results of the paper-based exam.

The structure of the computer-based exam is slightly different. You can view a sample exam here:

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/first/preparation/

As places are limited, we recommend that you register at least three months in advance to secure a place. After halfway through your course, we will advise you individually on the best strategy for taking the exam and we will remind you to register.

More information about the FCE:

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/first/