Changes at a glanceThese are the key changes to the Cambridge English: First examination that were introduced in January 2015. The updated exam:
1) has four papers instead of five. Reading and Use of English have been combined into a single paper assessing language knowledge and reading skills. All of the tasks in the current papers have been retained in modified formats in the new Reading and Use of English paper.
2) is approximately 30 minutes shorter than the previous examination. However, careful exam design means that the updated Cambridge English: First still assesses at exactly the same level, and retains the same language and skills coverage as the current exam.
3) features new tasks and testing focuses in the Writing and Speaking papers.
Source: Cambridge English