Speaking Test There are 3 parts to this test. All your answers are recorded.
In part 1, there are 5 questions about yourself. Part 1 is not assessed. After each question, you will hear a beep. Answer the questions after each beep. You will have 10 seconds to answer each question.
In part 2 there are questions about 2 topics. You will answer 5 questions about each topic. Remember to answer the questions after each beep. You will have up to 40 seconds to answer each question. Now I am going to ask you some questions about films. Remember to answer the questions after each beep
In part 3 you will talk about a subject on a role card. The words on the role card will help you. You can say more things if you like but you must say something about each point on the role card. You have 1 minute to look at the role card. You will have up to 5 minutes to speak. Please remember to always check the Skills for English website for the latest version of your test specification.
B2 Listening Test
There are 3 parts to the listening test. You will answer 10 questions in each part. You will hear each recording twice.
You will hear 10 short recordings. For each question, 1 to 10, choose the correct answer. You will hear each recording twice. You will hear a beep each time to tell you that the recording is about to start. You have 1 minute to read the questions.
You will hear an interview with a woman called Wendy in a podcast. Listen to the first part of their conversation and answer questions 1 to 3. You will hear the recording twice. You will hear a beep each time to tell you that the recording is about to start. For questions 1 to 3, write no more than TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the recording to fill each gap. Your spelling must be accurate. You have 20 seconds to read questions 1 to 3.
Listen to a talk about a UK festival called Womad. For each question, 1 to 10, write ONE WORD ONLY from the recording to complete the notes. Your spelling must be accurate. You will hear the recording twice. You will hear a beep each time to tell you that the recording is about to start. You have 1 minute to read the questions.
B2 Reading Test
There are 3 parts to the reading test.
You will answer 10 questions in each part. You have 1 hour and 15 minutes for the reading test.
Reading: Part 1
Read each short text and answer the questions that follow. For each question, choose the correct answer a, b or c.
Read the text below and answer questions 1 to 10.
For example : There’s no need to book ……………… for guests travelling to Plymouth by public transport.
Read the article and answer questions 1 to 10.
- A contrast between 2 systems of production: past and present.
- A global trend towards cheap mass production of goods.
Your local newspaper is asking for recommendations for ‘local heroes’ – individuals who have helped other people in your community. You would like to recommend someone you know. Write an email to the editor of the local newspaper. In your email:
- say who you would like to recommend and describe the characteristics which make this person a local hero
- explain the kind of help this person has given to people in your local community
- suggest what kind of gift you think this person would like to receive
Write your email here. You should write between 100 and 140 words.
Some people say that in order to get a good job, it’s important for young adults to go to university. Other people believe that it’s better for them to start work straight after leaving school. Discuss both of these views and then say which you agree with most.
- earning potential
- cost of university
- work experience Write your answer here.
You should write between 150 and 200 words