Cambridge ICFE exam preparation

Minimum entry level: Intermediate

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Course description

The Cambridge ICFE Preparation Course is an excellent way to prepare for the International Certificate in Financial English examination. This professionally designed course takes into account your current level of English skills in the four areas that will be covered in the test and improves them in order for you to be as ready as possible to take the exam. You will learn the strategies to achieve a high score and how to avoid common mistakes. If you are searching for employment in an international financial firm, a promotion within your current company, or looking to show that you have a strong command of English financial and accounting terms, then this is the course for you!


Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

– Approach the questions in the Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking components of the Cambridge ICFE exam more confidently
– Improve your Speaking skills and develop vocabulary on financial English terminology
– Present arguments or express opinions on financial situations
– Ask questions or request clarification about financial information
– Produce letters, reports and interpret fact based correspondence
– Practise through example exam tasks and teacher’s feedback


Sample syllabus

General English revision (B2 level)

– Nature and role of accounting
– Rights issues and scrip issues
– Identifying user groups
– Direct and indirect costs
– Profit and loss account
– Cost volume profit analysis
– Balance sheet
– Budgeting
– Cash flow statement
– Sources of business finance
– Debtor management
– Managing working capital
– Financial ratios

– Macroeconomic issues
– Central banks
– Types of business structure
– Cash as an investment
– Fixed interest securities
– Equity finance
– Mergers and takeovers
– Collective or pooled investments
– Property as an investment
– The work of a fund manager
– Strategic and competition issues
– Financial statements & ratios

Professional Skills
– Reading and summarising
– Networking
– Using business jargon
– Thinking critically
– Managing conflict and change
– Presenting professional views
– Managing difficult situations