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B1 Preliminary

Official Cambridge English preparation materials

B1 Preliminary is intermediate-level course.It includes all four English language skills such as Writing, Listening, reading and speaking. B1 Preliminary course is for students who have already mastered the basics of English and have practical language skills for everyday use.

A completion B1 Preliminary course shows that you have mastered the basics of English and now have practical language skills for everyday use.

This course is the logical step in your language learning journey between A2 Key and B2 First.

Key facts

CEFR level:        B1 What's this?

Test format:     Computer or paper-                                       based                      

No. of papers:  4

Exam length:   About 2 hours 20 minutes


B1 Preliminary courses show that you can:

  • understand straightforward texts on subjects related to their fields of interest.

  •  find and understand general information they need in everyday material, such as letters, brochures and short official documents.

  • maintain interaction and get across what they want to express in a range of contexts

  • express the main point they want to make, comprehensibly.


Reasons to choose B1 Preliminary courses:

  • Develop your ability to communicate in
    English for practical tasks and situations.


  • Gain valuable qualification that is accepted worldwide.

  • Improve your work, study and travel prospects.

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