Question 1 (Q1): Is that okay if I ask you some questions that I have written down?
Answer 1 (A1): Yes, of course.

Q2: What level do I need to study the FCE (First Certificate in English) Preparation Course?
A2: We really recommend that the lowest level would be in intermediate, but the high level of intermediate going through to upper intermediate. That will give you the best opportunity to do the course comfortably.

Q3: How is the course organised?
A3: We do the course over either 10 or 12 weeks and we make sure we cover all the skills that you need to pass FCE, and that includes reading and listening, and those are your receptive skills. Then of course you have your productive skills which are writing and speaking. So we cover all of these points and use of English which is your grammar and of course your vocabulary. So we do this right throughout the course.

Q4: What should my expectation be of the FCE (First Certificate in English) class?
A4: A wonderful class, full of international students, where you will make lots of wonderful friends for the rest of your life actually, and together you study all these skills that I've just mentioned. We try to bring a lot of fun into the classroom, and do lots of activities, interactive activities. However, there is a serious side, so throughout your 10 or 12 weeks, you do have a lot of homework - two hours at night. So it's a lot of fun, but a lot of hard work you have to be prepared for.

Q5: Is there a special course book for the candidates to work from?
A5: Yes, we have a 12 module course book for the FCE course that covers again, all these skills and each part of each paper. So there are no surprises when you sit down for the final test. With the course book we supplement it with complementary materials so if you are studying at a particular grammar point, you will have extra homework or activities to do in class so you make sure you re-use that grammar point or vocabulary. Also we try to take students out sometimes for some special activities that of course are related to FCE.

Q6: Do we get the chance to do practice tests?
A6: Yes, definitely. We have a practice test, a full mock test about halfway through the course and then at the end of the course, just before you go to do the final test. You can always take practice tests on the weekends, and we do a test every Monday to make sure you are all keeping on track with the different skills.

Q7: Do BROWNS students get good marks in the test?
A7: Of course we do! We are really proud of our reputation at BROWNS, we get some fantastic results for the students and of course a lot of our students go through to do the CAE course as well. What we find is that you do have to put a lot of hard work in yourself. We put a big effort in so we expect you to as well.

Duration: 10 or 12 weeks

Recommended Start Dates:

19th March 2018 (12 week course)
Course finishes 8th June
FCE exam on 12th June
CAE exam on 13th June
10th September 2018 (12 week course)
Course finishes 30th November
FCE exam on 4th December
CAE exam on 5th December
4th June 2018 (12 week course)
Course finishes 24th August
FCE exam on 23rd August
CAE exam on 24th August

Campus: This course is available at any of our two campuses: Brisbane and Gold Coast

Course Description

  • 20 hours in-class and 5 hours Accelerate and homework review
  • Regular practice tests and tasks that allow students to become familiar with the exam structure and a variety of content
  • Covers many genres of English, e.g. formal, informal, business, academic, personal
  • Useful preparation for students looking to study the Cambridge CAE Exam Preparation course
  • Preparation for obtaining a high-level universally-accepted English language qualification

Entry Requirements

CRICOS Code: 061169C


Sample Timetable

This should be used as a guide only and may be subject to change at anytime. Our Cambridge Exam Preparation course could be scheduled onto any one of the following full time timetables: Click here to see all Sample Timetables.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 – 10:30 Reading
Matching paragraphs and headings
Understanding general meaning
Looking for synonyms
Transaction letter
Understanding the task
Letter structure
Language and content
Cloze activity – building and strengthen vocabulary
Listening for specific information
Use of English
Cloze procedure – using context clues to identify words
Creative writing activity
Language Development
Prepositions, nouns and adjectives
Feelings and expressions
10:35 – 11:35 Grammar
Identifying adverbs and adjectives
Choosing correct adjective and adverb forms
Adverbs of degree – expressing intensity
Multiple choice questions and error correction
Comparatives and superlatives
Pronunciation Stressing content words
Practicing gerunds (-ing forms)
Using infinitives
Distinguishing the two forms
Use of English
Multiple choice questions and answers
Tips and strategies for taking the exam
11:45 – 12:45 Mock Exam
13:45 – 14:45 Reading
Gapped text – reading the paragraph and filling in the gaps
Multiple matching
Awareness raising activity using predicting skills
Formal Application
Letter Having an appropriate register and format
Multiple Matching – demonstrating comprehension
Error correction
Use of English
Word formation
Identifying the noun form of adjectives and adverbs
14:55 – 15:55 Use of English
Word formation – looking at collocations
Forming nouns from verbs
Collaborative task
Initiating, interrupting, offering and closing
Skimming and scanning – two important fast reading techniques
Formal letters
Using accurate grammatical structures
Writing for the target reader
Collaborative Task
Taking turns initiating, interrupting, offering and closing


FCE Testimonial - Brazilian Student

Andrea Rodrigues


Video: English | Portuguese

FCE Testimonial - Spanish Student

Paula Ruiz


Video: English | Spanish

FCE Testimonial - Korean Student

Sunjeng Lim


Video: English | Korean

Cambridge Guarantee

Download the Cambridge FCE course guide

Cambridge Guarantee

If you do not achieve a pass or above, BROWNS will guarantee you a FREE Cambridge FCE/CAE Preparation course (same number of weeks as your original booking).

Conditions Apply

  • Complete the BROWNS Cambridge FCE/CAE preparation course (10-12 weeks in length)
  • Take the BROWNS Online Placement Test (BOPT) prior to enrolling and follow the BROWNS recommended study plan
  • Take the FCE/CAE mock test in week 1, 5 and 9 of the course
  • Maintain 100% attendance rate, or provide medical documentation for explained absences
  • Receive no warnings for not “speaking English” during the course
  • This offer expires 3 months after graduation from the FCE/CAE Preparation course at BROWNS


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