Cambridge first certificate in english 5 self

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B2 First is a chạy thử 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. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.

The Speaking kiểm tra is taken face khổng lồ face, with two candidates and two examiners. This creates a more realistic và reliable measure of your ability lớn use English lớn communicate.

The formats below are the same for both the paper-based and computer-based exams.

PaperContentPurpose
Reading and Use of English (1 hour 15 minutes)See sample paper7 parts/52 questionsShows you can giảm giá khuyến mãi confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with tasks that show how well you can control your grammar và vocabulary.
Writing(1 hour đôi mươi minutes)See sample paper2 partsRequires you khổng lồ be able lớn produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, nhận xét and essays.
Listening(about 40 minutes)See sample paper4 parts/30 questionsRequires you to lớn be able khổng lồ follow và understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations & everyday conversations.

Speaking(14 minutes per pair of candidates)See sample paper

4 partsTests your ability khổng lồ communicate effectively in face lớn face situations. You will take the Speaking kiểm tra with one or two other candidates.

openbook What’s in the Reading & Use of English paper?

The B2 First Reading và Use of English paper is in seven parts và has a mix of text types and questions.

For Parts 1 to lớn 4, you read a range of texts & do grammar and vocabulary tasks.

For Parts 5 to lớn 7, you read a series of texts and answer questions that demo your reading ability và show that you can giảm giá with a variety of different types of texts.

Summary

Time allowed:Number of parts:Number of questions:Marks:Length of texts:Texts may be from:
1 hour 15 minutes
7
52
40% of total
About 2,200 words to read in total.
Newspapers & magazines, journals, books (fiction và non-fiction), promotional and informational material.

Part 1 (Multiple-choice cloze)

What"s in Part 1?What bởi vì I have khổng lồ practise?How many questions are there?How many marks are there?
A text with some multiple-choice questions. Each question has four options (A, B, C or D) – you have to decide which is the correct answer.
Vocabulary – idioms, collocations, shades of meaning, phrasal verbs, fixed phrases etc.
8
1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 2 (Open cloze)

What"s in Part 2?What vị I have khổng lồ practise?How many questions are there?How many marks are there?
A text in which there are some gaps, each of which represents one missing word. You have to think of the correct word for each gap.
Grammar & vocabulary.
8
1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 3 (Word formation)

What"s in Part 3?What vị I have khổng lồ practise?How many questions are there?How many marks are there?
A text containing eight gaps. Each gap represents a word. At the over of the line is a ‘prompt’ word which you have to lớn change in some way khổng lồ complete the sentence correctly.
Vocabulary.
8
1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 4 (Key word transformations)

What"s in Part 4?What vày I have lớn practise?How many questions are there?How many marks are there?
Each question consists of a sentence followed by a ‘key’ word và a second sentence with a gap in the middle. You have to use this key word to lớn complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to lớn the first sentence.
Grammar and vocabulary.
6
Up lớn 2 marks for each correct answer.

Part 5 (Multiple choice)

What"s in Part 5?What vị I have khổng lồ practise?How many questions are there?How many marks are there?
A text with some multiple-choice questions. For each question, there are four options & you have khổng lồ choose A, B, C or D.
Reading for detail, opinion, tone, purpose, main idea, implication, attitude.
6
2 marks for each correct answer.

Part 6 (Gapped text)

What"s in Part 6?What vì chưng I have lớn practise?How many questions are there?How many marks are there?
A single page of text with some numbered gaps which represent missing sentences. After the text there are some sentences which are not in the right order. You have khổng lồ read the text và the sentences and decide which sentence best fits each gap.
How to lớn understand the structure & development of a text.
6
2 marks for each correct answer.

Part 7 (Multiple matching)

What"s in Part 7?What do I have to lớn practise?How many questions are there?How many marks are there?
A series of statements followed by a text divided into sections or several short texts. You have to lớn match each statement khổng lồ the section or text in which you can find the information.
Reading for specific information, detail, opinion and attitude.

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10
1 mark for each correct answer.

compose What’s in the Writing paper?

In the two parts of the B2 First Writing paper, you have lớn show that you can write different types of text in English.

Summary

Time allowed:Number of parts:Number of questions:Types of task:
1 hour 20 minutes
2
Part 1: one compulsory question, Part 2: one question from a choice of three
Articles, email, essay, letter, report, review.

Part 1 (Compulsory question)

What"s in Part 1?What bởi vì I have khổng lồ practise?How many questions are there?How much bởi vì I have lớn write?
You’re given an essay title và two ideas clearly linked to lớn the title. You write an essay giving your opinions about the title, using the ideas given. You must also địa chỉ cửa hàng a third, different idea of your own linked to lớn the title. The title will be a subject of general interest – you won’t need any specialised knowledge.
Using language functions, such as evaluating, expressing opinions, hypothesising, justifying, persuading.
One compulsory question.
140–190 words

Part 2 (Situationally based writing task)

What"s in Part 2?What bởi I have lớn practise?How many questions are there?How much vày I have khổng lồ write?
You write a text from a choice of text types – article, email/letter, report or review. Lớn guide your writing, you’ll be given information about context, topic purpose and target reader.
Writing different types of text that could be included in the exam.
One task to lớn be selected from a choice of three.
140–190 words

playlist What’s in the Listening paper?

The B2 First Listening paper has four parts. For each part you have to lớn listen lớn a recorded text or texts và answer some questions. You hear each recording twice.

Summary

Time allowed:Number of parts:Number of questions:Marks:Recordings may be from:
About 40 minutes
4
30
20% total
Monologues: answer phone messages, radio broadcasts and features, news, public announcements, stories và anecdotes, lectures và talks; or interacting speakers: conversations, interviews, discussions, radio plays.

Part 1 (Multiple choice)

What"s in Part 1?What vì chưng I have lớn practise?How many questions are there?How many marks are there?
Eight short extracts from monologues or conversations between interacting speakers. There is one multiple-choice question for each extract, và you have to choose A, B or C.
Listening for feeling, attitude, opinion, purpose, function, agreement, gist and detail.
8
1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 2 (Sentence completion)

What"s in Part 2?What vì chưng I have khổng lồ practise?How many questions are there?How many marks are there?
A monologue (which may be introduced by a presenter) lasting approximately 3 minutes. You have khổng lồ complete the sentences on the question paper with the missing information which you hear on the recording.
Listening for specific information, stated opinion.
10
1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 3 (Multiple matching)

What"s in Part 3?What do I have khổng lồ practise?How many questions are there?How many marks are there?
A series of five themed monologues of approximately 30 seconds each. On the question paper, you have to select five correct options from a list of eight possible answers.
Listening for gist, attitude, opinion, purpose, feeling, main points and detail.
5
1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 4 (Multiple choice)

What"s in Part 4?What do I have to lớn practise?How many questions are there?How many marks are there?
A conversation between two or more speakers of approximately 3–4 minutes. You have to lớn answer some multiple-choice questions by choosing the correct answer from three options (A, B or C).
Listening for attitude, opinion, detail, gist, main idea and specific information.
7
1 mark for each correct answer.

megaphone What’s in the Speaking paper?

The B2 First Speaking thử nghiệm has four parts and you take it together with another candidate.

There are two examiners. One of the examiners asks you questions and gives you the booklet with things to lớn talk about. The other examiner listens khổng lồ what you say.

Summary

Time allowed:Number of parts:Marks:You have to talk:
14 minutes per pair of candidates
4
20% total
with the examinerwith the other candidateon your own

Part 1 (Interview)

What"s in Part 1?What vì I have khổng lồ practise?How long vày I have to lớn speak?
Conversation with the examiner. The examiner asks questions và you may have khổng lồ give information about your interests, studies, career, etc.
Giving information about yourself & expressing your opinion about various topics.
2 minutes

Part 2 (Long turn)

What"s in Part 2?What vị I have to practise?How long do I have khổng lồ speak?
The examiner gives you two photographs và asks you to lớn talk about them. You have khổng lồ speak for 1 minute without interruption & the interlocutor then asks the other candidate to comment on your photographs for about 30 seconds.The other candidate receives a different phối of photographs and you have lớn listen and phản hồi when they have finished speaking. The question you have to lớn answer about your photographs is written at the top of the page lớn remind you what you should talk about.
Talking on your own about something: comparing, describing, expressing opinions, speculating.
1 minute per candidate

Part 3 (Collaborative task)

What"s in Part 3?What vì I have to lớn practise?How long bởi vì we have lớn speak?
Conversation with the other candidate. The examiner gives you some material & a task khổng lồ do. You have khổng lồ talk with the other candidate & make a decision.
Exchanging ideas, expressing và justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing, suggesting, speculating, evaluating, reaching a decision through negotiation, etc.
3 minutes (a 2-minute discussion followed by a 1-minute decision-making task)

Part 4 (Discussion)

What"s in Part 4?What vì I have to lớn practise?How long vị we have to speak?
Further discussion with the other candidate, guided by questions from the examiner, about the topics or issues raised in the task in Part 3.
Expressing và justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing.
4 minutes