The B2 First exam assesses your ability and fluency at level B2 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference. To take the B2 First course and exam, students must be a minimum age of 16 and their English speaking level should be intermediate.
Why choose the Cambridge B2 First?
The B2 First (formerly known as Cambridge FCE) course is an intermediate level Cambridge ESOL exam at level B2 on the CERF levels.
The course is to help students to prepare for the Cambridge B2 First exam. Students will learn new techniques and strategies for dealing with the kind of exam questions which may come up in the exam. Students will also review and consolidate their language skills via additional practice in the systems of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.
To be successful, students would need to have a good vocabulary to be able to construct an argument by using appropriate communication for a variety of situations. Also, they will need to show an awareness of register, conventions, politeness and the degrees of formality expressed through their language.
Who is the B2 First Exam Preparation course for?
The B2 First is ideal if you want to work or study abroad or to develop a career which requires language skills (e.g. business, medicine, engineering). B2 First indicates sufficient proficiency in English to be of practical use in clerical, secretarial and managerial jobs in many industries, in particular tourism, where contact with English speakers is required. Successful candidates have the ability to deal with routine letters and telephone enquiries, and to cope with some non-academic training courses and simple textbooks and articles.
B2 First course is also useful preparation if you are working towards higher level exams, such as CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) and CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English).
What does the exam involve?
B2 First has five papers.
Reading and Use of English (Paper 1), 1 hour 15 minutes
This paper assesses your ability to read and understand texts taken from fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and magazines. You are expected to be able to show understanding of gist, detail and text structure, and deduce meaning. This paper additionally requires you to demonstrate your knowledge and control of the language system by completing various tasks at text and sentence level. These include filling gaps, transforming words and phrases, and identifying errors in texts.
Writing (Paper 2), 1 hour 30 minutes
This paper assesses your ability to write non-specialised text types such as essays, letters/emails, articles, reports, and reviews covering a range of topics and target readers.
Listening (Paper 4), 40 minutes (approx.)
This paper assesses your ability to understand the meaning of spoken English, and to extract gist and meaning from spoken text. The texts are taken from a variety of text types including interviews, discussions, lectures and conversations.
Speaking (Paper 5), 14 minutes (approx.)
The Speaking Test assesses your ability to interact in conversational English in a range of contexts. It contains four parts, including an interview section, individual long turns of about one minute, a collaborative task and a discussion. You are provided with stimulus material such as photographs and drawings. You will normally take the Speaking Test in pairs.
Each of the written papers is returned to Cambridge for marking and assessment. The Speaking Test is conducted by two locally based examiners who examine you face to face.
All examiners are accredited by Cambridge ESOL.
On passing the exam you will receive a certificate awarded by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, which is recognised by universities and employers throughout the world.
You will also receive a statement of results, showing how you performed in each of the five papers.
Standard – 20 lessons / 15 hours per week
The morning lessons focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will also learn and revise new vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.