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Cambridge FCE

Cambridge FCE is one of our top course in our Cambridge English Test. It’s your child’s start to mastering the English language.

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Cambridge FCE Description

Cambridge FCE course is designed to show a student has the language skills necessary to communicate in an English-speaking environment.

It is also a great way to prepare for higher-level English course such as Cambridge CAE.

Given that our groups are small to maximise the benefit for your child and we have the most successful Cambridge FCE course in Hong Kong, the places are limited, and early booking is advised.

Cambridge FCE can help your child achieve:
Reasons to choose Cambridge FCE:

Skills covered in Cambridge FCE

Internationally Recognised Certificate

Cambridge English Certificate Little Oxbridge
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*We make no guaranteed of class size, we reserve the right to change according to the environment

Excellent Results

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Our learning centres has a reputation for excellence and quality and renowned for achieving 92% success rate in achieving desired results.

It remains one of the highest amongst its peers including other learning centres, kindergartens and primary schools in Hong Kong.

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Course Materials

Our experienced in house education experts has developed a curriculum specifically tailored for your child. These materials do not occur any cost to the parents. 

For every lesson, we use different worksheets designed specifically to encourage your child to learn and master the English Language.

Course Feedback

As a learning centre, teachers and parents share responsibility for the success of your child. Our unique online feedback system allows parents to keep up to date online on how much progress your child is making. 

After each lesson, our teachers will provide an up to minute report on how your child is progressing through the various stages of their learning. Our teachers will provide constructive feedback and any areas which need addressing for future lessons. 

Cambridge FCE Exam Key Questions & Answers

No. Your grade is based on your overall score in all the papers.

Use a pencil, not a pen, on the answer sheet.

Little Oxbridge will send the completed exams to Cambridge Assessment English. The papers are then marked very thoroughly by a team of highly qualified markers.

Your child will hear each part twice. This means your child can check their answers, or fill in any gaps, at the second listening.

Your child will hear regional British accents and occasionally Irish, American or Australian speaker

Your child will hear Cambridge FCE recordings delivered clearly and at a slightly slower than natural speed.

Your child will have a total of 8 minutes for this. They will be warned after 7 minutes that they only have 1 minute left

As long as it is possible to recognise the word – unless it is a common, high-frequency word (Morning, for example), or where the spelling of the word is dictated.

As long as it is possible to recognise the word – unless it is a common, high-frequency word (Morning, for example), or where the spelling of the word is dictated.

Just your child to ask the examiner to repeat the instructions.

Yes. There is a Cambridge FCE word list available.

Cambridge FCE Test Format

Cambridge FCE is made up of four papers developed to help your child achieve mastery in English language. Please see below what the paper looks like.

PaperContent
Reading and Use of English
(1 hour 15 minutes)
7 parts/52 questions
Writing
(1 hour 20 minutes)
2 parts
Listening
(about 40 minutes)
4 parts/30 questions
Speaking
(14 minues per pair of candidates)
4 parts
Part 1 (Multiple choice) 
What’s in Part 1?A text in which there are some missing words or phrases (gaps). After the text there are four possible answers for each gap and students have to choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D).
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?8
Part 2 (Open cloze) 
What’s in Part 2?There are some missing words (gaps). Students have to think of the correct word for each gap.
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?8
Part 3 (Word formation) 
What’s in Part 3?A text containing eight gaps. Each gap represents a word. At the end of the line is a ‘prompt’ word which the student has to change in some way to make the correct missing word and complete the sentence correctly.
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?8
Part 4 (Key word transformations) 
What’s in Part 4? A sentence followed by a key word and a second sentence which has a gap in it. Students have to use the key word to complete the second sentence so that it is similar in meaning to the first sentence.
How many marks are there?2 marks for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?6
Part 5  (Multiple choice ) 
What’s in Part 5?A text with some multiple-choice questions. Each question has four options (A, B, C or D), and students have to decide which is the correct answer.
How many marks are there?2 marks for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?6
Part 6 (Gapped text) 
What’s in Part 6?A text with some empty spaces (gaps). After the text there are some sentences taken from the text. Students have to choose the correct sentence for each gap.
How many marks are there?2 marks for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?6
Part 7  (Multiple matching) 
What’s in Part 7?A series of questions and a long text or several short texts to read. For each question, students have to decide which text or part of the text mentions this.
How many marks are there?1 mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?10
Part 1  
What’s in Part 1?Students are given an essay title and two ideas. They write an essay giving their opinion about the title, using the ideas given and adding an idea of their own. The title will be a subject of general interest – students won’t need any specialised knowledge.
How much do students have to write?140–190 words
How many questions are there?One compulsory question.
Part 2  
What’s in Part 2?A choice of four questions. The answer students have to write will be one of the following: article, email/letter, essay, review, story.
How much do students have to write?140–190 words
How many questions are there?Students choose one question from a choice of four, including one set text question.
Part 1 (Multiple choice) 
What’s in Part 1?A series of short, unrelated recordings of approximately 30 seconds each. Students have to listen to the recordings and answer one multiple-choice question for each. Each question has three options (A, B or C).
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?8
Part 2  (Sentence completion) 
What’s in Part 2?A monologue (one person speaking) lasting 3–4 minutes. Students have to complete the sentences on the question paper with information they hear on the recording.
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?10
Part 3 (Multiple matching) 
What’s in Part 3?Five short related monologues of approximately 30 seconds each. Students listen to the recordings and choose which statement from a list of eight best matches what each speaker says.
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?5
Part 4 (Multiple choice) 
What’s in Part 4?An interview or exchange between two speakers and lasting 3–4 minutes. Students have to listen to the recording and answer seven multiple-choice questions. Each question has three options (A, B or C).
How many marks are there?One mark for each correct answer.
How many questions are there?7
Part 1 (Interview) 
What’s in Part 1?Conversation with the examiner. The examiner asks questions and students may have to give information about themselves, talk about past experiences, present circumstances and future plans.
How long do candidates have to speak?2 minutes.
Part 2  (Long turn) 
What’s in Part 2?The examiner gives the student a pair of photographs to talk about and they have to speak for 1 minute without interruption. The questions about the photographs are written at the top of the page to remind the student what they should talk about. When they have finished speaking, the student’s partner then has to answer a short question from the examiner about their photographs.
How long do candidates have to speak?1 minute per candidate, plus a 30-second response
Part 3 (Collaborative task) 
What’s in Part 3?Conversation with the other candidate. The examiner gives the students a question and some written prompts. The students discuss these together for two minutes. The examiner will then ask them to make a decision together about the topic they have been discussing.
How long do candidates have to speak?A 2-minute discussion followed by a 1-minute decision-making task
Part 4 (General conversation) 
What’s in Part 4?Further discussion with the other candidate, guided by questions from the examiner, about the same topic as the task in Part 3.
How long do candidates have to speak?The discussion should last 4 minutes

Cambridge FCE Exam Preparation

To make your child as comfortable as possible before taking Cambridge FCE exam, we suggest the following exam preparation: –

  • Ensure your child to stay up to date, show them the relevant exam papers. When children are prepared, they will feel more confident and achieve better results. 
  • Encourage your child to attend more English lessons at our learning centre and practice more at home. A child will feel more confident when they can find answers to their questions about the exam when a teacher is present.  
In the Cambridge FCE Listening exam:
  • The recordings are played twice. If your child misses something the first time they listen, there will be another opportunity to hear the answers.
  • Practise listening to English as much as possible.
  • Revise the letters of the alphabet and numbers.
  • Make sure you understand how to complete the answer sheet.
  • Check your answers at the second listening.
In the Cambridge FCE Reading & Writing exam:
  • Ensure your child writes clearly.
  • Check your answers and make sure you have written them in the correct place on the answer sheet.
  • Write all your answers on the answer sheet.
  • Take your time as there is plenty of time to answer all of the questions.
  • Use a pencil, not a pen, on the answer sheet.
In the Cambridge FCE Speaking Exam:
  • Our examiners at our learning centre are very friendly. They are very experience and encouraging. Your child should feel relax and enjoy the speaking part of the exam. Suggest to your child to use words they are familiar to communicate with, for example, ‘Yes please’, ‘Thank you’, Pardon?’ 
  • If you child does not understand something, they can ask our friendly examiner to repeat what they said. They can use words such as, ‘Can you please repeat?’. 
  • Listen carefully to the examiner’s instructions and questions during the test.
  • Always try to answer the questions, even if you are worried about making mistakes. The examiners can’t mark you if you don’t say anything.

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