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To make sure our exams are up to date with the latest research in language learning and teaching, we update them regularly. The revision of B1 Preliminary is now complete and the updated exam will start being used for exam sessions in January 2020.
Here are the main changes to the B1 Preliminary exam from January 2020:
The updated exam is made up of four papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.
The B1 Preliminary Reading paper has six parts with different types of texts and questions.
The B1 Preliminary Writing paper has five parts about reading and three parts about writing. There are different types of texts and questions.
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.
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.