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Set texts for Cambridge English exams

Edward Hodson
posted this on 28 March 2013 16:18

Some of our exams have optional set text questions as part of the Writing paper. These exams are:

  • Cambridge English: First (FCE)
  • Cambridge English: First for Schools (FCE for Schools)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) 

The set text question is in part 2 of the Writing paper for these exams and is one of five questions you can choose from during this part. Candidates should not attempt the optional set text question in part 2 unless they have the necessary vocabulary and understanding of the text to answer the task set. Teachers are best placed to judge which, if any, of the set texts and/or film versions may be appropriate and stimulating for a given teaching situation. 

From 2015 Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: Advanced are being updated and set texts will no longer be used. Information about the changes to the exams can be found in our article: Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: Advanced are changing!

Here are the set texts for 2014 and 2015. 

Exam2014 Set Texts2015 Set TextsFurther information
FCE1

LP Hartley: The Go-Between

Sebastian Junger: The Perfect Storm

 Set texts discontinued from 2015

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FCE for Schools1

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein The ELT Graphic Novel

Anthony Bourke & John Rendall: A Lion Called Christian

Rosemary Sutcliff: The Eagle of the Ninth6

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CAE

William Golding: Lord of the Flies2

P D James: The Lighthouse3

 Set texts discontinued from 2015

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CPE

E.M.Forster: Howards End4

Nick Hornby: An Education5

E.M.Forster: Howards End4

Nick Hornby: An Education5

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1 For Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: First for Schools the suggested editions are Graded Readers which have been adapted to the level that is suitable for candidates. Teachers and candidates should be aware that the language level in other editions may be less accessible.

2 Teachers may choose to prepare candidates for questions on this set text by studying a film version as well as, or instead of, the novel.

3 There is currently no film version of this book. 

4 Teachers may choose to prepare candidates for questions on this set text by studying the 1992 film directed by James Ivory as well as, or instead of, the novel.

Screenplay and film directed by Lone Scherfig 2009. 

6Oxford bookworms edition


Last updated: 31 January 2014

 

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Edward Hodson
Cambridge English Language Assessment

Hello everyone,

We've now added the Cambridge English: Proficiency set texts for 2015, which are the same as the 2014 set texts.

I hope that helps.

08 April 2014 08:40
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Terry Knox
Cambridge English Language Assessment

Hi everybody,

We've updated this article to show the 2015 Cambridge English: First for Schools set texts. We'll add the Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
set texts as soon as we can.

Cambridge English: First (FCE) and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) will no longer have set text questions from 2015.

I hope that helps.

31 January 2014 09:56
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Edward Hodson
Cambridge English Language Assessment

Hi all,

I've added the 2014 Cambridge English: First for Schools set texts now. They're the same as the 2013 set texts.

I hope this helps.

19 June 2013 16:01
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Terry Knox
Cambridge English Language Assessment

Hello everyone,

I've just added the Cambridge English: Proficiency set texts for 2014. We'll be adding the Cambridge English: First for Schools as soon as we can. 

I hope that helps. 

20 May 2013 15:29
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