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

  • Cambridge English: First for Schools (FCE for Schools)
  • 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. 

Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: Advanced were updated in 2015 and set texts are no longer 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 2015 and 2016. 

Exam2015 Set Texts2016 Set TextsFurther information
FCE

Set texts discontinued from 2015

 Set texts discontinued from 2015

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FCE for Schools

Rosemary Sutcliff: The Eagle of the Ninth1

Rosemary Sutcliff: The Eagle of the Ninth1

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CAE

Set texts discontinued from 2015

 Set texts discontinued from 2015

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CPE

E.M. Forster: Howards End2

Nick Hornby: An Education3

Penelope Lively: Family Album

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

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1 Oxford bookworms edition recommended. Teachers may choose to prepare candidates for questions on this set text by studying the 2011 film (The Eagle) directed by Kevin Macdonald, as well as, or instead of, the book.

2 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.

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    Terry Knox

    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. 

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    Edward Hodson

    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.

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    Terry Knox

    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.

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    Edward Hodson

    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.