3 - FCE Course Overview
Paper 1 Reading:
Part 1 = Multiple matching
Matching headings or summary sentences to each paragraph
of a text.
Part 2 = Multiple Choice
Choose between four alternatives to answer questions
or complete statements about a text.
Part 3 = Gapped text
Put the removed sentences from the text into the correct
Part 4 = Multiple Matching
Read a text divided into sections and answer specific
questions about each one.
Paper 2 Writing:
Part 1 = Compulsory Transactional letter.
Write a transactional letter based on information and
Part 2 = Choice of writing task.
Choose a writing task from a choice of the following:
A discursive composition
A descriptive composition
A short story
A composition, article, report or letter on one of the
background reading texts.
(note students in this academy do not do background
Paper 3 Use of English:
Part 1 = Multiple choice cloze test.
Part 2 = Open cloze test
Part 3 = 10 Key word transformations
Part 4 = Error correction test
Part 5 = Word formation exercise
Paper 4 Listening:
Part 1 = 8 short extracts (unrelated).
Answer multiple choice question about each one
Part 2 = 3minute monolgue or conversation.
Take notes or fill in the blanks to complete the missing
Part 3 = A series of short related extracts
from monologues or conversations. Multiple matching,
to match the speakers to the prompts.
Part 4 = 3 minute monolugue or conversation.
Answer True/False, Yes/No etc, Multiple choice etc.
Paper 5 Speaking:
Part 1 = Candidates speak a little about
themselves. 3 minutes.
Part 2 = Candidates compare and contrast
2 photos. 4 minutes.
Part 3 = Candidates carry out a task (problem
solving decision making, prioritising etc)
Based on visual prompts. 3 minutes.
Part 4 = Interlocutor develops the
topic covered in part 3. Candidates discuss and give
opinions. 4 minutes.