Websites and apps to help you prepare for the FCE and CAE exams

by / Monday, 25 July 2016

FCE Academy

The new kid on the block, this fantastic app was created by experienced FCE teacher Michael Macdonald and also reviewed independently by a Cambridge FCE examiner and a senior examiner-trainer.

Most students agree that the Use of English section of the exams can be quite challenging and it can be hard to motivate yourself to study the grammar necessary to tackle it. The FCE academy app gives you the chance to practice all four parts of Use of English – multiple-choice cloze, open cloze, word formation and sentence transformation in an interactive and engaging way. It’s a great way to use your journey to work or school more productively!

It is currently available for Android users and they are looking for people to trial their iOS version.


The Phrasal Verbs Machine –

There’s no doubt that  knowledge of phrasal verbs is essential for not only dealing with the Listening, Reading and Use of English sections of the exam but to also make our writing and speaking sound more natural. Phrasal verbs can be confusing and there are often many meanings for the same one. This app provides students the chance to practise phrasal verbs in a visually stimulating way as there are over 100 animated illustrations of phrasal verbs with example sentences.  It is available to download on both Android and iOS devices.



This website is pretty well known among students of Cambridge exams.  It has been going since 2000 and was designed by Fiona Joseph and Peter Travis, two former English lecturers and textbook writers. It covers all Cambridge exams from KET right up to CPE. There are many exercises along with useful tips and advice. It has remained a popular choice for aiding with exam preparation over the years and has also had success within the industry, winning the British Council Innovation in ELT Award in 2003 and being shortlisted again in 2007.

Cambridge English


Not sure which Cambridge exam you’re ready for? Want to see some sample papers? Then the official Cambridge English website is where to look. You can test your English to see which exam is right for you, download sample papers, do free preparation exercises, book your exam and much more. Using this website will definitely help you familiarise yourself with what to expect both before and on the day of your exam.


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I hope these resources will be useful to help you prepare for your exam- good luck J