Cambridge Assessment English: B2 First for Schools
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B2 First for Schools , formerly known as Cambridge English: First for Schools, shows that a student has the language skills they need to communicate in an English-speaking environment and gives students the confidence to use their English in the real world.

B2 First for Schools is targeted at the same CEFR level as B2 First but with content aimed at school-age learners rather than adults. It’s also a great way to prepare for higher-level exams such as C1 Advanced.


 B2 First for Schools FAQs

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  • Overview
  • The exam
  • Results
  • Support
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A B2 First for Schools qualification shows that students can:

> communicate effectively face to face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments;

> write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view ;

> follow the news;

> write letters, reports, stories and lots of other types of text.

Reasons to choose B2 First for Schools:

> Easily integrated into a school’s curriculum.

> Part of a suite of exams that offer step-by-step progression for students.

> Comprehensive support with exam preparation and administration.

> tudents can gain a valuable qualification that is accepted worldwide.



Fair and reliable
B2 First for Schools is respected and accepted internationally. The exam:
  • provides the most reliable reflection of a student’s language skills
  • covers all major varieties of English (e.g. British English, American English)
  • is designed to be fair to users of all nationalities and linguistic backgrounds
  • is supported by the largest research programme of its kind
  • can be taken by students with a wide range of special requirements.


General and
higher education leaflet

A Cambridge English qualification
Students who successfully take B2 First for Schools will receive the same internationally accepted certificate as candidates that take Cambridge English: First.

What's in B2 First for Schools?
The B2 First for Schools exam consists of four papers developed to test students’ English language skills in all areas of language ability: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The Speaking exam uses a face-to-face test with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic and reliable measure of students’ ability to use English to communicate.

B2 First for Schools has four papers:

Reading and Use of English: 1 hour 15 minutes
The B2 First for Schools Reading and Use of English paper has 7 parts and 52 questions and has a mix of text types and questions. For Parts 1 to 4, candidates read a range of texts and do grammar and vocabulary tasks. For Parts 5 to 7, candidates read a series of texts and answer questions that test their reading ability and show that they can deal with a variety of different types of texts This paper accounts for 40% of the total mark.

Writing: 1 hour 20 minutes
The B2 First for Schools Writing paper has two parts. Candidates have to show that they can write different types of text in English. In Part 1 there is one compulsory question and in Part 2 candidates answer one question from a choice of three. This paper accounts for 20% of the total mark.

Listening: About 40 minutes
The B2 First for Schools 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.This paper accounts for 20% of the total mark.

Speaking: 14 minutes per pair of candidates
The B2 First for Schools Speaking shows how good your spoken English is as you take part in conversation by asking/answering questions and talking, for example, about your likes and dislikes. The test has four parts and will be conducted face-to-face with one or two other candidates. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable. There are two examiners. One examiner (the interlocutor) talks to you and the other examiner (the assessor) just listens. Both examiners decide your grade but the assessor gives more detailed marks than the interlocutor. The Speaking test accounts for 20% of the total mark.



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Useful resources to help you to prepare for your B2 First for Schools exam

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NEW PORTAL...
Official support site of Exams Catalunya, Exams Madrid and Exams Balears for Preparation Centres, Teachers and Candidates

Exams Owl is our support site for candidates, schools and teachers. The site provides comprehensive information on the B2 First for Schools exam structure and content as well as support to help you or your students prepare for their exam and understand their results:

- Sample tests - Speaking test videos
- Candidate information - Preparation resources
- Exam day tips

Are you a private candidate?
It’s easy to register for B2 First for Schools
in just three steps:
Step 1  Find an exam date

You can take the Cambridge English exams most months of the year.
Use our online search to find an exam date.

Step 2  Complete the registration form

You can complete the exam registration form online or come to our offices to register for an exam.

Step 3  Make payment

Payment for the exam must be made before the registration deadline.
If you register after the deadline a late fee of 40 Euros will be applied.
Masterclass for Candidates included in the exam fee

This online class lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes and is included in your exam fee. During the session, a teacher, expert on Cambridge Assessement English exams, will review the different questions in each paper with tips and in-depth advice on how to approach them.
We will also advise you about what to expect on the exam day so that you feel confident and better prepared.

We will send you the information to access the class when you have completed and paid for your exam registration.





You can choose to pay for your exam via the following payment methods:

  1. By credit/debit card




    Preparation Centres may also make payments by credit card through the Exams Catalunya Online portal.

  2. By bank transfer to any of the following accounts:
    Banco Santander
    Account holder: Assessment and Certification Services, S.L.
    Account number: 0049 4754 89 2516056032
    IBAN: ES9400494754892516056032
    Banco Sabadell
    Account holder: Assessment and Certification Services, S.L.
    Account number: 0081 0053 54 0001180228
    IBAN: ES7300810053540001180228
    IMPORTANT: If you pay for your exam by bank transfer you should clearly state the name and surname/s of the candidate and the level and date of the exam session. All transfers must reach us free of bank charges or interest. Exams Catalunya will not be responsible for these charges. You must send us the payment receipt by email to registrations@exams-catalunya.com so that we may trace your payment with the bank. Your place on the exam will not be confirmed until we receive a payment receipt for the exam fee.

  3. At our offices:
    Registration and payment for exams may also be made at our offices. If candidates choose this option payment should be made on registering. Payment may be made in cash, by bank transfer or credit/debit card.

    C/ Freixa, 5-9
    08021 Barcelona
    Tel: 934 111 333
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
    The candidate may register directly or send someone to register in his/her name.
IMPORTANT: After we receive the exam registration form a confirmation of receipt will be sent to the candidate. Once the exam fees have been settled the candidate will receive confirmation that he/she is registered to take the exam.
If you do not receive confirmation of your exam registration within 3 working days please phone us on tel.: 934 111 333. You should also check that our email has not been sent to your junk/spam mail folder.

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