Friday, 30 January 2009

FCE

Como dije en este post y en éste, el pasado 6 de diciembre hice el FCE (First Certificate in English).
No sé si comenté, pero lo vuelvo a hacer, que este diciembre cambiaron el formato y la dificultad, subiendo un poco el nivel y cambiando el número de partes de cada "tema didáctico" del examen, que son cinco, a saber: Listening (Comprensión oral), Writing (Escritura), Speaking (Habla), Reading (Comprensión lectora), y Use of English (Gramática). Era más complicado, e hice una locura al apuntarme al examen sin saber aquello. Pero como ya estaba hecho, acudí a las clases de preparación, y llegó el día 6.
Me presenté temprano, con más de una hora de antelación, y me encontré con la friolera de 900 personas, de edades entre 15 y más de 70 años, pero lo que más había eran universitarios, la verdad. Empezó el examen, y fue todo muy maquinal, el resto del día. Salí de allí con la conciencia bien tranquila, y convencidísimo de que iba a suspender. Y así lo he estado hasta hoy.
Hoy he recibido los resultados del examen (en la web del British Council).
Y ¡he aprobado! Nada más y nada menos que con una B (76%), lo que me hace estar muy orgulloso de mí mismo, y bueno... Hoy estoy muy, muy feliz.
Ya colgaré el Statement of Result (con algunos datos tachados, obviamente), explicando cuáles son los motivos que me inducen a pensar la razón de esa nota en esa parte del examen. Sólo digo que lo que creía que me iría mejor lo tengo suspendido, y lo que creía que me iría peor es un "Exceptional" - y, desde luego, no exagero.

English version:
As I said in these posts, last December I sat for the FCE (First Certificate in English).
I don't know if I said this yet, but anyway I repeat. Last December the difficulty and the format of the exam were changed, increasing a bit the average level, and they changed the number of parts of each big part of the exam: Listening, Writing, Speaking, Reading and Use of English. It was harder, and I made a crazy act inscribing me in the exam. But I had enrolled yet, and as I had paid, I decided to attend some testing preparation lessons, and I did so. Eventually the D day (December, 6th) arrived.
I was there so early, more than an hour before the first part of the exam started, and I found that there were more than 900 people, more than double that I had expected. Their ages were comprised between 15 and 70 years old, being most of us University alumni, however. The exam eventually started, and it was really mechanical, I felt as if we were only numbers. I got out from there very quiet, quite conscious that I had failed. And so I've been until today, R day (R stands for "Results" - January, 30th).
Today I've received the results of my exam (via British Council).
And, quite unexpectedly, I've passed!! Not even with a C but with a B (76%), what makes me be very proud of myself, and well... I'm so happy today.
I'll post (I don't know when, but I will) the Statement of Results (with some crossed out data, of course) telling the reasons which I think that have caused those marks on those parts of the exam.
For now I'll only tell that I have failed one part (the one I thought I was going to have an Exceptional) and I have an Exceptional in only one part (the one I thought I was going to fail).

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations; enjoy your first FCE weekend :)

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