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Cambridge AG 2016

Preparation for Cambridge Examinations (FCE/CAE)                                                       Fall 2016 (VOG) 

Time:        Thursday afternoons 3:30-5.00pm.

Place:       G 1.2 (English room).

Book:       Cambridge English First 1 for updated exam: Student’s Book without Answers. ISBN 312-535295-7,  or:

                  Cambridge English Advanced 1 for updated exam: Student’s Book without Answers. ISBN 312-535292-6. 

Fees:         This preparatory course is free of any charges. (The examination will cost approximately € 155.)


What are Cambridge Examinations?:

The University of Cambridge offers a range of English examinations which qualify learners of English to have accomplished a certain level of the English language. The certificates, which you obtain when you pass a Cambridge examination, establish your language competence—objectively, globably recognized, and independent of your school teacher or English grade in school. For more information see: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org


What is the “First Certificate in English?“:

The actual examination for the updated “First Certificate in English“ (FCE) consists of four (4) parts:

  1. Reading and Use of English                 (1 hour, 15 minutes; 40%)
  2. Writing                                                       (1 hour, 20 minutes; 20%)
  3. Listening                                                    (                40 minutes; 20%)
  4. Speaking                                                   (                14 minutes; 20%)

All four (4) parts consist of 84 questions in total. The entire examination takes 3 hours and 29 minutes.

In order to obtain the “First Certificate in English“ (FCE), students must answer at least 60% of the examination correctly:

100-80%                  A               FCE          B2             (equivalent to a C1 certificate)

79-75                        B               FCE          B2

74-60                        C               FCE          B2

59-45                                                                            (equivalent to a B1 certificate)

Students who consistenly score in the top 10% range may opt to take the next more difficult examination, the “Certificate of Advanced English“ (CAE), which corresponds to the proficiency level C1.

Who accepts the “First Certificate in English?“:

“Cambridge English exams are accepted by over 15,000 universities, employers and governments around the world“ (http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/recognition/index.aspx?s=1). A language certificate, which testifies your advanced language competency, can open doors to higher education, improve employment opportunities, and because these certificates are globally recognized, can increase learners’ choices for study or work. For detailed information about the recognition of the “First Certificate in English“ (FCE) consult the Cambridge website or the institution in which you are interested.


What is this course about?:

In this preparatory course for upper level students, you will be prepared to pass the “First Certificate in English“ (FCE) which describes your foreign language proficiency at an advanced level and corresponds to the proficiency level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course will run from fall through spring, and cover four original examinations for the “First Certificate in English“ (FCE).


Reasons why you should take this course:

• Motivation for your regular course work—and better grades!

• Reinforcement of those language competencies needed in English class

• Training of important communicative competencies (Listening/Speaking)

• Savings because this course can be taken free of charges

• Unlimited global recognition through an international certificate in English


If you wish to improve your English and to participate in this preparatory course, send me an e-mail.  A maximum of 20-25 students will be accepted.

I look forward to reading from you soon.


Best regards,

Dr. Joachim Vogeler