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What are Cambridge Courses?
Brandon College offers preparation programs for the University of Cambridge Examinations in English (FCE, CAE).
Cambridge Examination Certificates are internationally recognized English Language qualifications. They are highly valued by employers in many countries.
The courses start twice a year and the official Cambridge Exam is taken during the week following the 12-week course.

Minimum level requirements
FCE: High Intermediate
CAE: Advanced

Students who do not meet the level requirements are asked to take the Intensive English or TOEFL Preparation Course for 4-12 weeks before starting the Cambridge Course. Please contact us if you need assistance with your level assessment.
Course Length
12 weeks

Course Levels
FCE: High Intermediate
CAE: Advanced

Average Class Size
6 - 10 students

Class Schedule
Monday - Friday
9 am-1 pm
Monday - Thursday *
2 -3:15 pm *
20-25 hrs per week
(* schedule B only)

Start Dates 2014
Mar 17 Sep 8

Typical Daily Class Schedule A
9:00-10:00 Homework Review (Intensive English)
10:00-11:00 Grammar Structures (Intensive English)
11:00-1:00 Cambridge Test Preparation MINI GROUP
Workshops & Pratice Tests
Typical Daily Class Schedule B
9:00-1:00 Grammar, Reading, Conversation (Intensive English)
1:00-2:00 lunch breack
2:00-3:15 Cambridge Test Prep (Mon-Thu) MINI GROUP
9:00-1:00 Workshops & Pratice Tests
FCE First Certificate
The FCE is the most popular of all the Cambridge examinations. We offer this course to students at the High Intermediate level. The examination requires knowledge of all the language skills and is widely recognized in educational institutions, industry, and commerce as proof of language ability at the upper-intermediate level. Certificates are awarded to students who pass the exam with grade A, B or C. Grades D and E are fail grades.

The FCE Course will prepare students for all five parts of the examination papers:

Reading Comprehension:
The students are examined on their ability to understand written information and closely linked points of vocabulary usage.

Candidates are examined on their ability to generate natural use of the English language in response to a variety of situations. Two compositions of between 120 and 180 words from a choice of five topics are required.

Use of English:
Candidates are tested on the use and usage of the English language.

Listening Comprehension:
This section consists of 3 or 4 recordings of varying length and nature, selected to test listening skills with a variety of exercises, such as matching, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple choice.

All candidates are assessed individually on their ability to interact in conversational English.

CAE Advanced Certificate
The CAE examination offers a high-level final qualification in the language to those who need to use English extensively in their jobs. Our preparation is offered to students at the Advanced level. This exam is designed for candidates ranging from adolescents to young professionals.

The CAE course will prepare students for all five examination papers:

Reading Comprehension:
This paper contains four texts selected to test a range of reading skills and strategies, with various types of matching and multiple choice questions.

This paper consists of two compulsory tasks of approximately 250 words each. No choice is offered for the first task. for the second task, students can select from a choice of four.

English in Use:
The three sections of this paper test the ability to apply knowledge of the language, including grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Listening Comprehension:
This paper contains four texts of varying length and nature, selected to test a wide range of listening skills with various types for matching, completion, and multiple-choice questions.

Candidates are examined in pairs by two external examiners. The four phases of the paper are designed to elicit a wide range of speaking skills and strategies from both candidates.

FCE First Certificate in English

CAE Advanced Certificate in English

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