Some of our exams have optional set text questions as part of the Writing paper. These exams are:
- B2 First for Schools - previously known as Cambridge English: First for Schools (FCE for Schools)
- C2 Proficiency - previously known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
The set text question is in Part 2 of the Writing paper for these exams and is one of four 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.
B2 First (previously known as Cambridge English: First) and C1 Advanced (previously known as Cambridge English: Advanced) were updated in 2015 and set texts are no longer used.
Here are the set texts for 2019.
|Exam||2019 Set Texts||Further information|
|B2 First for Schools||
Charles Dickens: Great Expectations1
Colm Tóibín: Brooklyn2
M.L. Stedman: The Light Between Oceans3
1 Oxford Bookworms edition recommended. Teachers may choose to prepare candidates for questions on this set text by studying any film version of Great Expectations, as well as, or instead of, the book.
2 Screenplay directed by John Crowley (2015).
3 Screenplay directed by Derek Cianfrance (2016).