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Exam update for 2015 for Cambridge English: First and First for Schools

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Cambridge English: First and First for Schools – new exam specifications for 2015

We review and update all of our exams regularly to ensure they meet the needs of teachers and learners and reflect the latest research into language learning and assessment. 

Our revision of Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: First for Schools is now complete and the updated exams will start being used for exam sessions in January 2015

Cambridge English: First and First for Schools – the changes at a glance

These are the key changes to the Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: First for Schools examinations that will be introduced in January 2015. The updated exam will:

  • have four papers instead of five. Reading and Use of English have been combined into a single paper assessing language knowledge and reading skills. All of the tasks in the current papers have been retained in modified formats in the new Reading and Use of English paper.
  • be approximately 30 minutes shorter than their previous versions. However, careful exam design means that the updated Cambridge English: First for Schools still assesses at exactly the same level, and retains the same language and skills coverage as the current exam.
  • feature new tasks and testing focuses in the Writing and Speaking papers.
Resources for Cambridge English: First for Schools
Download the Exam Specifications and Sample Papers booklet (PDF 1,788k)
Download the audio sample (zip file, 51mb)
Resources for Cambridge English: First

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

September 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

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  1. Will it be easier or slightly more difficult than its current format?????

    pandreop

    September 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    • Well, neither of the two. The level of difficulty will remain the same. What will change is the format so that exam becomes much friendlier. You can check the samples for yourself; you will notice that they more or less follow the same logic as the changes behind the Cambridge English: Proficiency.

      Cambridge ESOL Greece

      September 25, 2013 at 10:13 am


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