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How to prepare for the exam in 9 months? | B2 Frist (FCE)

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How to prepare for the exam in 9 months? | B2 Frist (FCE)

Are you going to take the Cambridge English B2 First (FCE) exam, or perhaps planning to prepare for one of the key language exams next year?

There is a lot to remember and think about before the test. The following learning planner will help you organise and plan your time to do your best preparing for the Cambridge English exam.

Cambridge English B2 First is designed for people with an intermediate level of English proficiency – B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The B2 First certificate is recognised worldwide by thousands of employers, as well as universities and colleges, as proof that you can use everyday English in speech and writing at work or while studying.

Table of content

  • 9 months before the FCE exam
  • 6 months before the FCE exam
  • 3 months before the FCE exam
  • 1 month before the FCE exam
  • 1 day before the FCE exam
  • the day of the exam

9 months before the FCE exam

With a good command of English, you start your final year of preparation for the Cambridge English B2 First (FCE) exam. Work consistently, study conscientiously and above all, have fun! 🙂

Develop good learning habits right from the start!

Create vocabulary lists in your notebook that include word origins, oppositions, collocations, useful phrases, etc. Write down any word-formation that you have difficulty remembering.

Read a lot in English!

Select books at different levels. Read articles in newspapers and magazines and informational texts such as tourist sites or online encyclopedias.

Use the resources provided by the Internet and use our website and preparation platform which publishes guidelines and exam advice.

Use websites where you can listen to interesting conversations in English to further develop your listening skills.

For example:

6 months before the FCE exam

Start by reviewing what you have learned over the Internet in the last 3 months.

Daily repetitions are necessary for learning to work. There is no point in leaving it at the very last minute. The more often you learn new vocabulary or phrases, the more likely it is that they will be recorded in your memory.

Review your English written work. Do you build up the content to the maximum with the newly acquired vocabulary?

3 months before the FCE exam

You should have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of what the Cambridge English B2 First (FCE) exam tasks look like and what its requirements are.

Review your vocabulary and word list, highlighting any elements that require special attention. Take as much time as possible to polish your English.

Every time you do an examination task, take a time to make sure you can complete it within the set time.  One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice with old versions of exams.

1 month before the FCE exam

After so many exercises and preparations for the exam, you should already feel confident in your knowledge, language and ability to successfully manage Cambridge Assessment English tests.

You know that lexical phrases (phrasal verbs, prepositional expressions and so on) are a large part of learning English.

Check all the written down phrases, learn them and highlight the ones you have the most difficulty remembering.

Take a trial exam in an exam environment, either at the language school or at home in case you study and prepare for the Cambridge exam on your own.

Find out how you cope with the timing of each task, the number of words used, etc.

1 day before the FCE exam

At this stage, quickly review your most important notes, highlighted elements in your vocabulary and expressions, and other important areas.  Don’t try to pry in new material that you haven’t mastered before.

This is the time to say “Enough” and get a good night’s sleep.

Your brain can’t work effectively after five hours of sleep!

The day of the exam

Make sure you take your ID. It must be a document with a photo in the original, not a copy.

You will also need a pen, an HB or B pencil and an eraser.

You should feel confident knowing that you have prepared for the exam as best you can.

There will be a clock in the test room, but still put on your watch and if possible measure the time of each part of the exam very carefully. There will not be much time to waste, so it is important to know exactly how much time you have left.

Try not to exceed the time for each part.

Answer all the questions on the examination paper as you may not have time to check your answers at the end. Ideally, however, you should plan the time of the exam to check your answers at the end of each part and be able to change them if necessary.

Good luck! 🙂

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