CAMBRIDGE B2 FIRST
B2 First is one of the Cambridge English Qualifications
It is our one of the most popular language exams in Europe, accepted by thousands of businesses and educational institutions worldwide.
A Cambridge English: First (FCE) qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English.
Preparing for Cambridge English: Advanced helps learners develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries.
A Cambridge English First qualification
shows that you can:
communicate effectively face-to-face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
follow the news
write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view
write letters, reports, stories and lots of other types of text.
Cambridge English: Advanced (FCE) is a thorough test of all areas of language ability.
The updated exam (for exam sessions from January 2015) is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills.
The Speaking test is taken face to face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.
Reading and Use of English (1 hour 15 minutes)
Writing (1 hour 20 minutes)
Listening (about 40 minutes)
Speaking (14 minutes per pair of candidates)
It is important to familiarise yourself with the tasks and what they demand of you, and to get accustomed to doing them. They are designed to enable you to show that you can do in English, but you will only be able to do this if you understand what is involved and what is being tested.
For example, in the Writing test if you are not familiar with the type of tasks, do not know which particular skills are being assessed or are not used to writing within a time limit, then you may not be able to demonstrate your true ability.
Although knowledge of grammar and vocabulary is certainly important, it is essential to realise that you are being assessed on a range of skills and on your communicative ability.
So, for example, in the Speaking test you are assessed on your ability to interact with your partner and keep a conversation going, as well as use of language.