Designed for exam candidates
The Cambridge English: First (FCE) is a challenging exam, and the Use of English section is the most difficult part. Students often tell us they feel unprepared for it. That's why we have worked with a top FCE teacher to create FCE Academy, which has more test practice questions than any other app, website or textbook.
To showcase the app's full feature set and text content, we've made a four-minute promotional tutorial, filmed on the Android platform. Click the image to play. Here, a particular focus is given to Part 3: Word formation.
FCE Academy is for students preparing for the Use of English section of the FCE. However, it is relevant to all students of the English language at B2 level, regardless of the exam for which they prepare. The app contains 120 exam-style texts with over 1,000 individual assessments and closely replicates the Cambridge FCE exam experience.
Our mission is to help you pass this important exam with the highest possible marks and we believe FCE Academy achieves this goal. But don't just take our word for it: read some of our user reviews to see what the students and teachers think. You can also try the free Lite version of the app, which contains a decent selection of Use of English tests, and make your own assessment.
The FCE Academy content has been written by Michael Macdonald, a teacher of Cambridge exam candidates, and reviewed independently by a Cambridge FCE examiner and senior examiner-trainer. We worked with more than 20 FCE teachers during development.
The FCE Academy app replicates parts 1–4 of the FCE examination (B2):
- Parts 1–3 each contain 36 texts of approximately 160 words; each text contains 8 assessments; and each assessment carries 1 mark.
- Part 4 comprises 72 short texts or single sentence assessments; each assessment carries 2 marks.
Test menu: By selecting an exam part from the home screen, users are given a choice of 36 texts to work with and information relating to their progress to date.
Exam and practice modes: By selecting the marks icon when taking a test, right and wrong answers are identified in real time. Alternatively, select this feature to reveal overall accuracy upon completion of a test.
Timed tests: By selecting the timer icon when in a test, the time taken to complete the test is displayed.
Instructions: The ‘information’ button at the top of each screen contains instructions relating to each particular test.
Transcripts: Records of completed texts and details of scores and time are available at the end of each test, with stats appearing in each test menu.
Social media sharing: Share your progress with friends and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter!
FCE Question types
Part 1. Multiple choice cloze: This question type comprises a text with eight blanks, each blank prompting multiple-choice questions. Each question has four possible answers, only one of which is correct.
Part 2. Open cloze: This question type again comprises a text with eight gaps, each gap representing a missing word. No hints are given this time: you must think of the correct word for each gap and type it in.
Part 3. Word formation: This question type is another containing a text with eight gaps, each gap representing a missing word. Beside each gap this time is a ‘prompt’ word that must be altered in some way to complete the sentence correctly.
Part 4. Key word transformations: This question type contains six sentences, each followed by a ‘key’ word and an alternative sentence conveying the same meaning as the first but with a gap in the middle. In no more than five words, use the key word provided to complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence.
Try before you buy
Decide for yourself whether you'd like to invest in this celebrated exam resource and unlock the full content (93% more than what's in the Lite version). If you have a discount code from your teacher, use this to get the app at a reduced rate. Alternatively, you can avail of a 10% discount by downloading directly from this website (Android only).