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|B2 First for Schools is an upper-intermediate English language exam set at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). B2 First for Schools shows students can use everyday written and spoken English for work and study purposes.|
For example, at B2 level, a student can:
|Real-life language skills|
The exam uses real-life situations that are especially designed to help students:
|Fair and reliable|
B2 First for Schools is respected and accepted internationally. The exam:
Choose when and how to take the exam - B2 First for Schools is available as either a paper-based or computer-based exam, allowing students even more choice over how they take their test.
B2 First for Schools is accepted as a qualification in upper-intermediate English by many thousands of employers, universities, colleges and leading businesses around the world.
Find out more about institutions that accept B2 First for Schools...
Results are available in just two weeks if students take B2 First for Schools as a computer-based exam
|A Cambridge English qualification|
Students who successfully take B2 First for Schools will receive the same internationally accepted certificate as candidates that take Cambridge English: First.
For B2 First for Schools, the following scores will be used to report results:|
The exam is targeted at Level B2 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above B2 (Level C1) and the level below (Level B1).
Scores between 122 and 139 are also reported for B2 First for Schools. You will not receive a certificate, but your Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on your Statement of Results.
Please click on the image to the left of this text to find out the relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in B2 First for Schools.
|B2 First - Level C1|
Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond B2 level. If you achieve grade A in your exam, you will receive the Cambridge English: First certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at Level C1.
If you achieve grade B or C in your exam, you will be awarded the B2 First certificate at Level B2.
|Level B1 Certificate|
If your performance is below Level B2, but falls within Level B2, we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at B1 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
|Free practice tests|
Try a computer-based sample B2 First for Schools paper
Reading and Use of English
Reading and Use of English answer key
Listening answer key
Check your answers as you do the test – once the test has finished you will not be able to check them.
|Paper and pencil tests|
Samples of B2 First for Schools with answer key:
Download sample paper 1 for B2 First for Schools...
Download sample paper 2 for B2 First for Schools...
Download examiner comments on the Speaking paper
There is no Answer Key for the Writing paper, but there are sample answers and Examiner Comments in the Assessment of Writing section of the Handbook for Teachers.
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|Visit the B2 First for Schools support page here:
http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/First for Schools/how-to-prepare/
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