1. FCE Changes in 2015

At a glance – what's new?

Here are the main changes to the Cambridge English: First exam that start from January 2015:

  • The exam will be about 30 minutes shorter. But it still covers all the same language skills and tests at the same level as the current version.
  • The exam will have four papers, not five.
  • The Reading and Use of English papers are now combined into a single paper that looks at language knowledge and reading skills.

From January 2015,Cambridge English: Firstresults will be reported on the new Cambridge English Scale (replacing the current candidate profile and standardised scores). The results given on the Cambridge English Scale will give you a detailed understanding of your performance. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English. These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. All results for Cambridge English exams will be reported on the same scale, so it will also be easy to measure progress from one exam to another.