B1 Preliminary for Schools is a qualification that shows a pupil can deal with everyday written and spoken English at an intermediate level. B1 Preliminary for Schools is specially tailored to suit the interests of pupils, so it increases their motivation to learn English. Because it is based on familiar topics and situations, it gives them the confidence to use their English and inspires them to move on to further qualifications.
B1 Preliminary for Schools follows exactly the same format as B1 Preliminary and the level of the question papers is identical. The only difference is that the content and treatment of topics in B1 Preliminary for Schools have been particularly targeted at the interests and experience of school pupils.
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|Real-life language skills|
|B1 Preliminary for Schools is set at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Preparing for B1 Preliminary for Schools will give you the practical English skills to:|
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|A Cambridge English qualification|
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|Reading & Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes|
The B1 Preliminary for Schools Reading & Writing paper has five parts for reading and three parts for writing. There are different types of texts and questions.. This paper accounts for 50% of the total mark.
|Listening: about 30 minutes (+ 6 minutes transfer time)|
The B1 Preliminary for Schools Listening paper has four parts. For each part candidates have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. Each recording is heard twice. Candidates will need to show that they can listen for gist (the main point), listen for specific information and recognise the attitudes and opinions of the speakers. They will hear individual people talking (monologues) and two people talking to each other (dialogues). This paper accounts for 25% of the total mark.
|Speaking: 10-12 minutes per pair of candidates|
The B1 Preliminary for Schools Speaking has four parts and will be conducted face-to-face with one or two other candidates. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable. There are two examiners. One examiner (the interlocutor) talks to you and the other examiner (the assessor) just listens. Both examiners decide your grade but the assessor gives more detailed marks than the interlocutor. The Speaking test accounts for 25% of the total mark.
|B1 Preliminary - Level B2|
Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond B1 level. If you achieve a Pass with Distinction in your exam, you will receive the Cambridge English: Preliminary certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at Level B2.
If you achieve a Pass with Merit or Pass in your exam, you will be awarded the B1 Preliminary certificate at Level B1.
|Level A2 Certificate|
If your performance is below Level B1, but falls within Level A2, we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at A2 level.
1.- Your ID Number (a sequence of nine letters and numbers).
2.- Your Secret Number (a four-digit number).
Both of these pieces of information can be found on your Confirmation of Entry, which you receive when you register for the exam.
They can then verify your result by logging in to www.cambridgeenglish.org/verifiers
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