How to interpret your First Certificate results

Have you taken the First Certificate, but don’t know how to interpret the results you got? Here is a helpful explanation to clarify.

 How to interpret your score: 3 areas

The certificate you earn once you’ve passed the Cambridge English: First, evaluates your performance based on 3 parameters:

1) Result: your exam result is the most important factor going into the certificate you receive. You’ll be given a grade based on your level (passed at grade A, B, C etc, where A is the highest). Or you may be given one of the following grades:

grade X indicates a partial absence during the exam

grade Y indicates you were absent during the entire exam

pending if your results are not yet ready

withheld in this case you’ll need to contact the exam centre

2) Score: your overall score as a percentage, ranging from 0 to 100. Obviously, the closer you get to 100, the less answers you got wrong on the test.

3) Candidate Profile:  the Candidate Profile is a table where you’ll see your strong and weak points displayed, in terms of the four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), which are all put to the test during the exam. The evaluation will be summarised in the following terms: Exceptional, Good, Borderline, or Weak.

How grades affect the certificate

Each grade you can get represents a level on the table of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

– GRADE A represents LEVEL C1, which stands for an excellent level of English knowledge and is the highest grade you can get on this exam.

– GRADES B or C will get you a LEVEL B2 on the certificate.

– If the results you get are lower than level B2 within the European framework, but you are still at level B1, your certificate will show that you have a B1 English level.

You’ll find your respective level indicated – whether you achieve C1, B2, or B1 on the certificate you receive from Cambridge English.

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