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CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH EXAM CHANGES FOR 2015
FCE (B2)
Changes to exam at a glance
Description Current version Revised version (2015)
Format Five papers Four papers: Reading and Use of English have been combined
Timing 3 hours 59 minutes 3 hours 29 minutes
Number of Parts 17 17
Number of questions 104 84
These are the key changes to the Cambridge English: First exam that will be introduced in January 2015.

Reading and Use of English
• The Reading and Use of English papers have been combined.
• The revised paper takes 1 hour 15 minutes, which is 30 minutes shorter than the current Reading and Use of English papers combined.
• All the task types from both papers have been kept but the number of items in each task has been reduced.
• From 2015, there will be 7 parts and 52 questions.
• Use of English tasks come before Reading tasks so that there is a clear progression from a focus at word and sentence level to a focus on whole text content and structure.
Writing
• The compulsory Part 1 question is now an essay rather than an email or letter.
• The word count for both parts has increased to 140–190 words.
• In Part 2, candidates now choose from three questions rather than five, and candidates can decide to write an article, a report, a review or an email/letter.
• There will no longer be questions on set texts.

Listening
• All the current listening tasks are retained.
• In Part 1 the options are now not read out.
• In the Part 3 question there are now two additional distractors – so there are three distractors in all.

Speaking
• Overall the revised Speaking paper takes the same length of time and has the same number of parts and tasks but there are changes to each part.
• In Part 1, the timing has reduced from 3 minutes to 2 minutes.
• In Part 2, the candidate response time has increased from 20 seconds to 30 seconds
• In Part 3, the picture prompts are replaced with written prompts. The task is now split into two to include a discussion phase and a decision-making phase.
• The Part 4 timing has increased by one minute.

FCE (B2) for schools
Changes to exam at a glance
These are the key changes to the Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools exam that will be introduced in January 2015.
Description Current version Revised version (2015)
Format Five papers Four papers: Reading and Use of English have been combined
Timing 3 hours 59 minutes 3 hours 29 minutes
Number of Parts 17 17
Number of questions 104 84

Reading and Use of English
• The Reading and Use of English papers have been combined.
• The revised exam takes 1 hour 15 minutes, which is 30 minutes shorter than the current Reading and Use of English papers combined.
• All the task types from both papers have been kept but the number of items in each task as been reduced.
• From 2015, there are 7 parts and 52 questions.
• Use of English tasks are before Reading tasks so that there is a clear progression from a focus at word and sentence level to a focus on whole text content and structure.
Writing
• The compulsory Part 1 question is now an essay rather than an email or letter.
• The word count for both parts has increased to 140–190 words.
• In Part 2, candidates now choose from four questions rather than five.
• There is a set text question which could be an essay, an article, a review or a letter.
• There will only be one set text and only one question related to the set text.

Listening
• All the current Listening tasks are retained.
• In Part 1, the options are now not read out.
• In the Part 3 question, there are two additional distractors (three distractors in total).
Speaking
• Overall the revised Speaking paper takes the same length of time and has the same number of parts and tasks but there are changes to each part.
• In Part 1, the timing has reduced from 3 minutes to 2 minutes.
• In Part 2, the candidate response time has increased from 20 seconds to 30 seconds.
• In Part 3, the picture prompts are replaced with written prompts. The task is now split into two to include a discussion phase and a decision-making phase.

CAE (C1)
Changes to exam at a glance
These are the key changes to the Cambridge English: Advanced exam that will be introduced in January 2015.
Description Current version Revised version (2015)
Format Five papers Four papers: Reading and Use of English have been combined
Timing 4 hours 40 minutes 3 hours 55 minutes
Number of Parts 19 18
Number of questions 114 86

Reading and Use of English
• The Reading and Use of English papers have been combined.
• The revised exam takes 1 hour 30 minutes, which is 45 minutes shorter than the current Reading and Use of English papers combined.
• From 2015, there are 8 parts and 56 questions.
• The task types in the revised Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exam are now the same as the task types for Cambridge English: First (FCE). The differences are in levels, content and relative abstraction/cognitive challenges in the text.
• Some of the tasks from the current Reading and Use of English papers (short texts and gapped sentences) have been dropped.
• There is a new cross-text multiple matching task.
• Use of English tasks are before Reading tasks so that there is a clear progression from a focus at word and sentence level to a focus on whole text content and structure.
• The content has a stronger academic flavour, reflecting its intended use by late teens and young adults intending to study at higher education level, or by those who need a CEFR Level C1 qualification for career or immigration purposes.

Writing
• There is a new compulsory essay in Part 1. The input takes the form of notes made during a seminar, lecture or panel discussion.
• Part 2 will remain essentially unchanged; however, it will no longer include an article or information sheet as output text types.
• There will no www.thesildenafil.com/ longer be questions on set texts.
Listening
• All the current listening tasks are retained.
• The Part 3 multiple choice task is slightly changed to focus more on interaction between speakers.
Speaking

• In Part 1, Phase 2 is modified to reduce the number of follow up questions.
• Part 1 timing is reduced by one minute.
• In Part 3, visuals are replaced with written prompts. The task is now split into two to include a discussion phase and a decision-making phase.
• The Part 4 timing is extended by one minute.
• Some tasks may have more of a study or work theme.

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