What’s in the B2 First?
The B2 First
exam consists of four papers developed to test your English language skills in all areas of language ability: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The Speaking exam uses a face-to-face test with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.B2 First has four papers:
|Reading and Use of English: 1 hour 15 minutes|
The B2 First Reading and Use of English paper has 7 parts and 52 questions and has a mix of text types and questions. For Parts 1 to 4, candidates read a range of texts and do grammar and vocabulary tasks. For Parts 5 to 7, candidates read a series of texts and answer questions that test their reading ability and show that they can deal with a variety of different types of texts This paper accounts for 40% of the total mark.
|Writing: 1 hour 20 minutes|
The B2 First Writing paper has two parts. Candidates have to show that they can write different types of text in English. In Part 1 there is one compulsory question and in Part 2 candidates answer one question from a choice of three. This paper accounts for 20% of the total mark.
|Listening: About 40 minutes |
The B2 First Listening paper has four parts. For each part you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice.This paper accounts for 20% of the total mark.
|Speaking: 14 minutes per pair of candidates|
The B2 First Speaking shows how good your spoken English is as you take part in conversation by asking/answering questions and talking, for example, about your likes and dislikes. The test 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 20% of the total mark.
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