“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
As with all things in life, the better prepared you are, the more likely you are to succeed. So how do you best prepare for the FCE exam? Here are three initial simple steps you should take:
- Make sure that your level of English is correct for the FCE exam.
- Decide when you want to do the FCE exam.
- Make a study plan.
Step 1: Test your level of English
If you are not sure if your level of English is correct for the FCE exam, you can test your English level on the Cambridge University website for free. This 25 multiple-choice test has no time limit and you get the result straight away with a recommendation of which Cambridge ESOL exam is best suited for you.
Step 2: When to do the FCE exam?
Be realistic and make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to prepare for the FCE exam. Check with your nearest exam centre and pick a date that suits you. The Cambridge University website has a great exam centre locator.
The introduction of computer based FCE (CB FCE) exams means that Cambridge ESOL now offers FCE exams every month. However, not all centres are currently offering this option, so you may have to “shop around” to find a centre that best suits you. If you prefer the traditional paper-based exam, it is also offered throughout the year and you should check with your local exam centre(s) which exam dates they have available.
All the Cambridge FCE exam dates are listed in our FCE Exam Dates section.
Step 3: Make a study plan
Most of us are “time poor” and need to fit as much as possible into our daily schedule. The best way to ensure that you don’t end up panicking and cramming the last few weeks before the FCE exam date is to ensure that you have drawn up a study plan, and most importantly, followed it …
Making a study plan may take a bit of time, but it is time well spent. You can’t learn English overnight – it takes time to build up your knowledge of the language. Too many times have I encountered students who come to me in the weeks leading up to the exam, wanting a “quick-fix” solution to passing the FCE exam – it doesn’t exist!
Don’t miss our article next article with FCE tips and advice: Planning for Success – an article explaining how to put together an FCE Exam Strategy Plan.
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