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B2 First results are reported on the Cambridge English Scale.
You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English, giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have provided greater flexibility to our exam centres in delivering exam sessions. This increased flexibility, along with the continued impact from COVID-19, means that currently results are released later than our standard results issue dates. Please note, this also impacts on when certificates are printed and despatched.
The Confirmation of Entry document you receive from your centre will state when your results will be released.
If you need any further information, please contact your exam centre.
Depending on which university, college or organisation you are applying to, you may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill. For B2 First, 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. You will not receive a certificate, but your Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on your Statement of Results.
The relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in B2 First is illustrated below:
Your Statement of Results contains the following information:
Find out how to understand your B2 First Statement of Results (for exams taken in January 2015 and after)
Download a sample Statement of Results for B2 First.
Certificates are normally sent to exam centres within three months of the exam. Please contact your centre if you need to know the specific date. Your certificate can be awarded at different levels, depending on your achievement.
B2 First – Level C1
Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond B2 level. If you achieve a scale score of 180–190 (grade A) in your exam, you will receive the First Certificate in English stating that you demonstrated ability at Level C1.
B2 First – Level B2
If you achieve a scale score of 160–179 (grade B or C) in your exam, you will be awarded the First Certificate in English at Level B2.
Level B1 certificate
We believe it is important to recognise your achievement, even if you do not reach Level B2. If your performance is below Level B2, but falls within Level B1 (scale score 140–159), we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at Level B1.
How long is my B2 First certificate valid for?
Your Cambridge English certificate does not expire. Recognising organisations such as universities, colleges and employers can choose how long to accept results for, so make sure you always check their requirements.
Yes, the fastest way for you to get your exam results is to sign up for our FREE online results service. Your exam centre will give you the information you need to register for this service.
Register with Cambridge English Results Online
You can let employers, universities or other organisations check your results online.
Just send them your date of birth and the reference number, which can be found on your Certificate or Statement of Results and they can check your results quickly, easily and securely online at www.cambridgeenglish.org/verifiers.
Or you can share your results securely with the organisation via the Candidate Results Service.
Find out more about using the Candidate Results Service
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