Cambridge English: First for Schools

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Cambridge English: First for Schools is specially tailored to suit the interests of students, so it increases their motivation to learn English. Because it is based on familiar topics and situations, it gives them the confidence to use their English and inspires them to move on to further qualifications. Cambridge English: First for Schools is at an upper-intermediate level.

 

Success story – Cambridge English: First for Schools

My English improved a lot. Life is much easier for me as I am living in a foreign country where the daily language is English.”

Gisela Raab
Germany
Cambridge English: First for Schools candidate

Cambridge English: First for Schools enables you to:

 

 

Cambridge English: First for Schools is made up of five papers developed to test your students’ English skills. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.

Paper Content Marks Purpose
Reading
(1 hour)
3 parts/30 questions 20% Students need to be able to understand a range of texts, including how they are organised and the opinions and attitudes expressed in them. The texts will be from sources familiar to school-aged learners, such as magazines, articles, fiction and advertisements, but targeted at the interests of students.
Writing
(1 hour 20 minutes)
2 parts 20% Students are required to produce two pieces of writing. The first piece is compulsory and will be a letter or email of between 120–150 words. For the second, they may choose from an article, essay, letter, report, review or short story of between 120–180 words.
Use of English 4 parts/42 questions 20% Students’ use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well they can control their grammar and vocabulary.
Listening
(about 40 minutes)
4 parts/30 questions 20% Requires being able to follow and understand a range of familiar spoken materials, such as news programmes, public announcements and other sources, but targeted at the interests of school-aged learners.
Speaking
(14 minues per pair of candidates)
4 parts 20% A face-to-face test taken with one or two other candidates and an examiner. Students have to show how well they can produce spontaneous spoken language, talking with either the examiner, the other candidate(s), or by themselves.

Sample papers
Download sample papers for Cambridge English: First for Schools

Computer-based free samples
These tests allow students to see what a full computer-based test will be like and show the types of questions that will appear in the live exam. Select from the free samples below:

Reading
Writing
Use of English
Listening

 

 

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