本系列書為劍橋國際英語認證考試準備教材。其文法、字彙、改錯等練習題皆根據「劍橋學習者語料庫」統計之常見錯誤所設計而成。課本主題貼近時下青少年生活，可列入學校 CLIL 課程規劃。學生課本附贈 CD-ROM 提供額外文法、字彙、聽力及 Use of English 等練習題，加強學生應試能力。
A highly focused Cambridge English: First (FCE) course providing efficient exam preparation in 50-60 core hours. Compact First provides B2-level students with thorough preparation and practice needed for exam success. Ten units cover all five exam papers in a step-by-step approach.
The Workbook units for homework and self-study provide further practice corresponding to the Student's Book units with answer key and recording scripts. Each unit has four pages of exercises which consolidate the language and exam skills presented in the Student's Book. Exercises teach students how to avoid common mistakes highlighted by the Cambridge Learner Corpus. B2-level vocabulary is targeted using English Vocabulary Profile.
The accompanying Audio CD includes material for all the listening tasks.