Your questions answered by ISE teachers who teach the courses and ISE students who’ve already taken the new exams

What ISE students said about the exams:

Michael Maas – Germany 

“The test was ok. I thought that it would be more difficult. Fortunately, it wasn’t. 

I can’t compare it with the old exam since I have never done it. Nonetheless, in my opinion, the Use of English part was easier, because it was shorter.

After all, I would say that everybody who really wants to pass the exam, can do it. But only if the person works hard enough”

Michael passed CAE

Alfonso Sanchez – Spain 

“Despite being aware of the shorter amount of time for the Use of English and Reading exams, it was still difficult to get everything done in time. Apart from that, the rest of the exam was how I expected, as my teacher had explained. 

I think I would have got a better score if I had practiced my writing more. I learnt that the more practice and correction I get from my teachers, the better score I’d get” 

Alfonso passed FCE with a score of 170

Teachers:

Hazel Parker – Director of Studies at ISE

“As a result of the changes that were made to the FCE and CAE exams in January 2015 both teachers and students have had to familiarise themselves with new course books, exam layout, and timings.

The new FCE exam:

  • is now 30 minutes shorter although it covers the same language skills as the previous exam;
  • has four papers instead of five;
  • combines the Reading and Use of English papers into a single paper.


The new CAE exam:

  • is now 45 minutes shorter although it covers the same language skills as the previous exam;
  • has four papers instead of five;
  • combines the Reading and Use of English papers into a single paper;
  • has new tasks and tests in the Reading and Use of English, Writing and Speaking papers.

ISE exam teachers Simon and Anna have 35 years combined experience between them and have experienced updates to the exam in 2015 and 2008 since its previous revision in 1996. The new changes have been incorporated into their lessons and ISE students are getting the latest material in class”

Simon King – Senior Teacher

“It’s important to know how the exam works so you go into each part of it prepared. Although the changes are slight, it’s important to manage your time and get all the latest exam techniques from your teacher!”