What is the B2 First exam anyway?
It is an English language test that is available to anyone (though young learner exams are better suited to younger candidates). It used to be called First Certificate in English (FCE). The exam proves that you can effectively communicate face-to-face in English, follow news, write clearly and with detail in English – expressing opinions and arguments – and write more general pieces in English such as letters and blog. There are four papers to complete:
Each has a set time limit ranging from 1 hour 20 minutes for writing to 14 minutes for speaking. The exam is available paper-based and computer-based. Availability depends on the test centre but you should take the one you are most comfortable with.
How do I register? What do I need? Where can I register?
You can register for the exam online which makes life a lot easier. You will need to add your personal details, choose an exam centre and date, and pay the fee (which can vary depending on the country). When you are completing the candidate form make sure to double check all your details, especially the test date and times. Once you have chosen them it is really difficult, if it is even possible, to change it. It would be an expensive mistake to make.
Registration is with each individual provider and not centralised. You need to register for the B2 First exam with a test centre that you trust and/or can go and visit before you sign up. If you are visiting a centre, you might be able to register there. I would check if this is possible as they will double check all your details etc for you.
After the exam you will be sent a statement of results, and depending on how you did, a certificate too. Times vary depending on whether the exam was paper-based or computer-based.
Note that you can take the test in the country of your choice. We have written articles to help you locate test centres in UK, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Belgium, and Netherlands.
Preparation is key
As with any test in life you need to study to achieve a high score and B2 First is no exception. Unlike many tests First Certificate also tests your use of English, so know those expressions, idioms, phrasal verbs etc and how they are used is really important. One good idea to help you study is to make a study plan but be realistic about how much time you have to study – you still need to see friends, family, and eat! – so be honest with yourself and it will make it easier. One solution to being busy is to study with an online platform.
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