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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 2017 and 2018. 

Exam 2017 Set Texts 2018 Set Texts Further information
FCE for Schools

Treasure Island: Robert Louis-Stevenson1

Treasure Island: Robert Louis-Stevenson1

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CPE

Penelope Lively: Family Album

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby2

Colm Tóibín: Brooklyn3

M.L. Stedman: The Light Between Oceans4

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1 Oxford bookworms graded reader Stage 4 edition recommended. Teachers may choose to prepare candidates for questions on this set text by studying any film version of Treasure Island, as well as, or instead of, the book.

2 Screenplay and film directed by Baz Luhrmann (2013).

3 Screenplay directed by John Crowley (2015).

4 Screenplay directed by Derek Cianfrance (2016).

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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 (LA)

    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 (LA)

    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.

  • Avatar
    Edward Hodson (LA)

    Hi everyone,

    We've updated this article today, with details of 2017 set texts.

    I hope this helps.

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    Edward Hodson (LA)

    Hello everyone,

    We've just updated this article with details of the 2018 set texts.

    I hope this helps.