Here at Moxon English we teach many students to pass the B2 First: FCE exam. These exams are really important if you want to get into university, get a better job, get visas and much more. In this article we will show you some of the best ways to prepare for these exams, as well as some of the best resources to use.
Learn An Exam Strategy
The way you answer a question is just as important as the language you use. So, you really need to understand what the examiners are looking for and have a strategy for how to answer these questions. Luckily, there is a great resource available which teaches you this strategy. Student Languages is our number one website recommendation for preparing for the FCE exam. It has loads of really useful tips, techniques, strategies, practice exercises and they even have a B2 First course for every exam paper, along with free preview videos.
Use The Strategy With More Resources
After learning an exam strategy, you want to make sure you practice this strategy several times before you get to the exam. This Cambridge Resources page offers you loads of other great resources to use to prepare for this exam, including practice exercises.
The FCE exam tips website is also very useful for preparing for this exam. It has various articles with some innovative ideas which are definitely worth a read.
How Long To Prepare
The FCE exam is not easy. It takes a lot of time and dedication. A lot of people think they can simply prepare for the exam in a few weeks, but, depending on your level of English, it would be very difficult to pass this exam in such a short space of time. Many students study for a whole academic year or even longer before they are able to pass this exam. There are many secondary schools around the world which train their students to pass this exam and they tend to spend a minimum of one year preparing. But it doesn’t need to take this long, just follow the guidance on this page and you will pass it in much less time. Here’s a video explaining this in more detail.
If you want to prepare for the exam in the best possible way, you should first learn an exam strategy but then you need to practise, practise, practise. It is only through practising that you make this strategy become natural to you, which is exactly what you need in order to ace the exam. If you have the strategy engrained, when you are in the exam you will know the most efficient way to answer the questions. This saves you so much time which is hugely important, especially when you are in a stressful situation!
So, you should go to Student Languages and learn the strategies for every part of the exam. They are even offering one video course completely free at the moment, just click here. Then use these strategies in combination with several practice activities. You should also try to immerse yourself in the language as much as possible. You will speak English, if it is necessary for you to do so. You should then scour the internet to find as much useful exam information as possible. We have recently found some really useful slideshares which have loads of free and useful information. Here are some examples:
If you would like to receive more information about these exams, check out some of the other articles around our website.