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Pre A1 Starters for Pre-school Learners

A1 Movers for Pre-school Learners

A2 Flyers for Pre-school Learners

A2 Key and Key for Schools

B1 Preliminary and Preliminary for Schools

B2 First and First for Schools

C1 Advanced

C2 Proficiency

Exam format

B1Preliminary is made up of three papers developed to test your English skills. You can see how the test is made up below.

PaperContent% of total scorePurpose
Reading and Use of English
(45 minutes)
7 parts/
52 questions
40%Students need to be able to understand a range of texts, including how they are organised and the opinions and attitudes expressed in them. The texts will be from sources familiar to school-aged learners, such as magazines, articles, fiction and advertisements, but targeted at the interests of students.
Students’ use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well they can control their grammar and vocabulary.
(1 hour 20 minutes)
2 parts/
2 questions
20%Students are required to produce two pieces of writing. The first piece is compulsory and will be an essay of 140–190 words. For the second, they can choose from an article, email/letter, essay, review or story of 140–190 words.
(40 minutes, including 6 minutes’ transfer time)
4 parts/
20%Requires being able to follow and understand a range of familiar spoken materials, such as news programmes, public announcements and other sources, but targeted at the interests of school-aged learners.
(12–17 minutes per pair of candidates)
4 parts20%A face to face test taken with one or two other candidates and an examiner. Students have to show how well they can produce spontaneous spoken language, talking with either the examiner, the other candidate, or by themselves.

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