Easy steps to get exempted from English for the BAC!

Cambridge English exams have been recognized by the Ministry of Education as a way to be exempted from the English paper for the baccalaureate. But with all the exams, dates and formats, you might be a bit lost.

So, here is all the information you need to know!

You can take 3 different Cambridge English exams at our centre for the baccalaureate: the Cambridge English: First (FCE), the Cambridge English: First for Schools (FCE for Schools) and the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). All of these give you the possibility to avoid the English paper of the baccalaureate with a granted 10.

Every exam consists of 4 papers: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening, and Speaking.

FCE: Reading and Use of English is the first paper of the exam for B2 level. It lasts for 1 hour 15 minutes, and includes 7 parts with various tasks. Be careful and pay attention to the fact that parts 2, 3, 4 are related to Use of English which stands for your vocabulary and grammar knowledge, while parts 1, 5-7 aim at your Reading skill. Hence, you receive two different scores for only one paper: one for Use of English, another – for Reading.

FCE: Writing paper consists of 2 parts and lasts for 1 hour 20 minutes. There are 6 types of texts based on different purposes and language styles: formal, informal, and neutral. All the texts are evaluated in accordance with the established criteria which include grammar, vocabulary, coherence, organisation and other essential text qualities.

FCE: Listening lasts for 40 minutes, and candidates should complete 4 different tasks. The recordings are played twice and it gives candidates the opportunity to check everything and make sure that their choice was correct.

FCE: Speaking can take place either on the same day as the other exam components or on another day. That is why it is crucial to provide the Cambridge Exam Manager all your up-to-date contact information (phone number and email). Candidates take speaking exam in pairs or in groups of three. The exam lasts for 14 (21) minutes; answers are assessed by two examiners in accordance with pre-defined criteria.


 

FCE for Schools differs from the FCE exam in topics chosen for tasks. These will be more relevant for teenagers as they touch upon many subjects which are oriented towards the contemporary generation. The certificate received after taking the FCE for Schools does not indicate the fact that the exam taken was focused on different content. It only states the final level of the candidate and the name of the examination, which is First Certificate in English.


 

CAE: Reading and Use of English is the first paper of the exam for the C1 level. It lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes, and includes 8 parts. Be careful and pay attention to the fact that parts 2, 3, 4 are related to Use of English which stands for your vocabulary and grammar knowledge, while parts 1, 5-8 aim at your Reading skill. Thus, there will be two scores for this paper: one for Use of English, another – for Reading.

CAE: Writing paper consists of 2 parts and lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes. There are 6 types of texts based on different purposes and language styles: formal, informal, and neutral. All the texts are evaluated in accordance with the established criteria which include grammar, vocabulary, coherence, organisation and other essential text qualities.

CAE: Listening lasts for 40 minutes, and consists of 4 parts.  The Listening covers a wide range of native English accents, variants and dialects. The recordings are played twice and it gives candidates the chance to check everything and make sure that their choice was correct.

CAE: Speaking can take place either on the same day as the other exam components or on another day. That is why it is crucial to provide the Cambridge Exam Manager all your up-to-date contact information (phone number and email). Candidates take speaking exam in pairs or in groups of three. The exam lasts for 16 (21) minutes; answers are assessed by two examiners in accordance with pre-defined criteria.


 

An average school student should get B2 level (FCE, FCE for Schools) in order to be exempted from the final English exam in Moldova. Students of bilingual schools should pass C1 exam (CAE) for this purpose. Make sure you check our Dates tab to get a closer look at the exam calendar for this year.

It is important to remind you that if you get over 180 points for the FCE or FCE for Schools exams, you will be awarded a C1 level.

If you register for a CAE exam, you will be awarded a B2 level if you get between 160-180 points. But you will get a C2 level if you get more than 200 points. You can check out the scale below for more information:

Cambridge Eng scale

For more information regarding Cambridge English exams, please contact Diana CRETU, Cambridge Exam Manager at dcretu@alfr.md

Author: Cambridge English Moldova

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Easy steps to get exempted from English for the BAC!