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B1 Preliminary

The B1 Preliminary examination is for candidates who can use every day written and spoken English at an intermediate level.

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A B1 Preliminary certificate demonstrates that the learner can:  

  • Read simple textbooks and articles in English
  • Write emails & articles on real-life subjects
  • Understand factual information
  • Show awareness of opinions and mood in spoken and written English.

Exam Components

B1 Preliminary has four components - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Each of the four test components contributes to a profile which defines the candidate's overall communicative language ability at this level.

Paper 1: Reading

45 minutes

Candidates are expected to understand the main points, global and detailed meaning, attitude, text structure, opinions and feelings. Candidates are also expected to read for specific information and detailed comprehension.

Paper 2: Writing

45 minutes

Candidates are expected to write an email in response to information given and also write either an article or a story on the topic given.

Paper 3: Listening

30 minutes

Candidates are expected to listen for key information in short texts such as announcements and discussion about everyday life, including identifying attitudes and opinions.

Paper 4: Speaking

12 minutes

Candidates are expected to show their ability to take part in different types of interaction with the examiner and their speaking partner(s) including discussions about preferences and opinions, as well as making and responding to suggestions.

Date of Written Exam

28 May 2023

Speaking Test Window

20 May 2023 to 29 May 2023
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