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B2 First is a test of all areas of language ability.
The exam is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.
The Speaking test is taken face to face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.
The formats below are the same for both the paper-based and computer-based exams and digital exams. Please note, during March 2024 we will be moving from our current computer-based exam delivery to Cambridge English Qualifications Digital, which will offer you even more benefits. Information on the switch and what this means for you can be found on our Cambridge English Qualifications Digital page.
(14 minutes per pair of candidates; 20 minutes per group of three)
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The B2 First Reading and Use of English paper is in seven parts and has a mix of text types and questions.
For Parts 1 to 4, you read a range of texts and do grammar and vocabulary tasks.
For Parts 5 to 7, you read a series of texts and answer questions that test your reading ability and show that you can deal with a variety of different types of texts.
Part 1 (Multiple-choice cloze)
Part 2 (Open cloze)
Part 3 (Word formation)
Part 4 (Key word transformations)
Part 5 (Multiple choice)
Part 6 (Gapped text)
Part 7 (Multiple matching)
In the two parts of the B2 First Writing paper, you have to show that you can write different types of text in English.
Part 1 (Compulsory question)
Part 2 (Situationally based writing task)
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.
Part 1 (Multiple choice)
Part 2 (Sentence completion)
Part 3 (Multiple matching)
Part 4 (Multiple choice)
The B2 First Speaking test has four parts and you take it together with another candidate.
There are two examiners. One of the examiners asks you questions and gives you the booklet with things to talk about. The other examiner listens to what you say.
Part 1 (Interview)
Part 2 (Long turn)
Part 3 (Collaborative task)
Part 4 (Discussion)