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B1 Preliminary is made up of three papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.
The B1 Preliminary Reading and Writing paper has five parts about reading and three parts about writing. There are different types of texts and questions.
Reading Part 1 (Multiple choice)
Reading Part 2 (Matching)
Reading Part 3 (True/False)
Reading Part 4 (Multiple choice)
Reading Part 5 (Multiple-choice cloze)
Writing Part 1 (Sentence transformations)
Writing Part 2 (Short communicative message)
Writing Part 3 (Continuous writing)
The B1 Preliminary 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.
36 minutes, including 6 minutes to copy your answers onto the answer sheet.
Part 1 (Multiple choice)
Part 2 (Multiple choice)
Part 3 (Gap-fill)
Part 4 (True/False)
The B1 Preliminary Speaking test has four parts and you take it together with another candidate. There are two examiners. One of the examiners talks to you and the other examiner listens.
Part 1 (Interview)
Part 2 (Discussion)
Part 3 (Extended turn)
Part 4 (General conversation)