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Here you can find links to all of our free resources to help prepare for B2 First for Schools exams, whether you are a teacher or a learner.
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Essential reading for teachers and learners wanting to find out about the exam.
Resources to help you prepare learners for B2 First for Schools.
Information for candidates and resources that can be used at home or in the classroom for self-study.
Test & Train is an easy-to-use practice tool to help you get ready for your B2 First for Schools exam through short, sharp workouts. With over 500 practice questions, you can use it anytime, anywhere and as many times as your like!
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You can find a wide range of materials in both print and digital formats.
Sample paper 1 for B2 First for Schools
Sample paper 2 for B2 First for Schools
(Digital exams are available from February 2024. For more information please visit the Cambridge English Qualifications Digital page.)
Watch this video tutorial for help on how to complete an First for Schools digital exam. Please also review this document which covers minor differences between the sample tests and the live exam.
Time: approximately 40 minutes
B2 First for Schools Digital Listening Sample Test
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
B2 First for Schools Digital Reading Sample Test
Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
B2 First for Schools Digital Writing Sample Test
B2 First for Schools Listening Sample 1 answer key
B2 First for Schools Listening Sample 1 tapescript
B2 First for Schools Reading & Use of English Test Answer key
Computer-based exams are available until the end of January 2024. For more information please visit the Computer-based Cambridge English Qualifications page.)
Watch this video tutorial for help on how to complete a B2 First for Schools computer-based exam.
The computer-based sample test does not mark your exam, so check your answers as you do the test using the answer keys below. Once the test has finished you will not be able to check them.
Computer-based Reading and Use of English sample test
Computer-based Writing sample test
Computer-based Listening sample test
Use the answer keys below:
Reading and Use of English answer key
Listening answer key
There is no answer key for the Writing paper, but there are sample answers and examiner comments on the relevant pages of the B2 First for Schools handbook.
The Cambridge English Scale is used to report results for our qualifications and tests. The scores provide a detailed understanding of the candidate’s level. They are also consistent across the different exams, making it easy to compare results and understand progress from one level to the next.
For guidance on converting practice test scores to Cambridge English Scale scores, download our guide for teachers.
Converting practice test scores to Cambridge English Scale scores
Have you thought about taking digital exams? Find out more about the benefits of digital exams.
Watch this short video to see what it’s like to take a digital exam.
Watch the video tutorial for help on how to complete an B2 First for Schools digital exam.
Read our FAQs if you have any more questions about taking digital exams.
Have you thought about taking computer-based exams? Find out more about the benefits of computer-based exams.
Watch this short video to see what it’s like to take a computer-based exam.
Watch the video tutorial below for help on how to complete a B2 First for Schools computer-based exam.
Help your students prepare for computer-based exams with our Teaching tips for computer-based Cambridge English qualifications.
Read our FAQs if you have any more questions about taking computer-based exams.
Watch Sofia on the day of her exam, and learn what it’s like to take a Cambridge English Qualification, from B1 Preliminary for Schools to C2 Proficiency.
Explore useful information about the exam day, including exam day tips and FAQs to help you prepare.
This video will help your students understand what happens during a B2 First for Schools speaking test. You can also download examiner comments.
Read the examiner comments for Kok Wee and Chris's speaking test
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The B2 First for Schools handbook gives an overview of the exam and its place within Cambridge English examinations. This is followed by a focus on each paper and includes content, advice on preparation, and example papers.
B2 First for Schools Handbook for teachers
B2 First for Schools: Handbook for Teachers Listening Audio Files (ZIP, 72MB)
These are the listening files related to the Sample Paper from the Teacher's Handbook.
Our lesson plans include everything you need to deliver a 45-minute lesson in the classroom or online, including activity sheets, homework, and more.
B2 First for Schools lesson plans
Developing listening skills for Cambridge English Qualifications: A guide for teachers
Developing reading skills for Cambridge English Qualifications: A guide for teachers
Assessing writing for Cambridge English Qualifications: A guide for teachers
B2 First for Schools Writing checklist
This checklist is designed to help you assess your students’ writing. It includes a summary of the assessment criteria and useful questions tailored to each writing type in the Writing paper.
Teaching tips from Cambridge English examiners for B2 First for Schools and B2 First.
Running a mock test gives your learners a true exam day experience, helps you understand their progress and decide if they are ready for their exam. Our interactive mock test toolkits are full of tips, strategies and materials to help you ensure your students are confident and fully prepared for their exam.
Mock test toolkit for older learners
Have a look at our colourful posters and activities to use with the posters. The activity booklet includes lesson plans for vocabulary, grammar, and speaking.
Environment activity booklet
Technology activity booklet
Entertainment activity booklet
Classroom warmers activity booklet
This booklet includes seven exercises each for primary, lower secondary, and upper secondary students.
Supporting learners with dyslexia: A guide for teachers
Many teachers have learners with dyslexia in their exam preparation classes. This guide is for you. With lots of practical tips and ideas for lesson plans, it will help you prepare materials to support learners with dyslexia in preparation for our qualifications.
Cambridge English webinars and Facebook Live sessions are a great way for teachers to stay up to date with the latest developments and to interact with our experts.
Our webinars provide you with invaluable information about our exams, and cover a wide spectrum of subjects, including effective teaching methods, tips to improve student engagement and online professional development to help you develop your career.
Webinars for teachers
You can connect with a lively community of teachers on our Teaching English with Cambridge Facebook page. We regularly post teaching tips, answer your questions, and host regular Live events to give you a chance to engage with the community.
We have hundreds of free learning activities to help you practise your English and prepare for your B2 First for Schools exam.
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Download our guide to the B2 First for Schools exam, with advice on preparing for the exam, tips for exam day, and useful links.
B2 First for Schools: Information for candidates
Practice your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills using these free online resources. These materials are designed to help you to develop reading for gist and detail, managing unfamiliar vocabulary, as well as planning, drafting, editing, and writing for the exam.
Writing Part 1 (An opinion essay)
Writing Part 2 – Writing an article
Reading and Use of English Part 1 (Multiple-choice cloze)
Reading and Use of English Part 5
Reading and Use of English Part 6 (Gapped text)
Speaking Part 2 (Long turn)
Listening Part 1 (Multiple choice)
This checklist is designed to help you assess your writing. It includes a summary of the assessment criteria and useful questions to check whether you’ve met each of the criteria of the B2 First for Schools Writing paper.
Join our lively Facebook community and take part in quizzes, talk to other English language learners and learn on-the-go.
Subscribe to our Learn English with Cambridge YouTube channel to get helpful tips for exam preparation, and lots of English language advice.
Write & Improve is a free online tool to help you practise and improve your writing. Just choose a task, write or upload your answer and use the feedback to quickly improve.
Register to get free listening practice. Each activity takes just a few minutes. The activities give you feedback on why your answers are right or wrong, and tips on how to improve.
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