B1 Preliminary


Free: Paper-based sample test

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Free: Computer-based sample tests

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Reading and Writing sample test

Listening sample test

Answer keys:

Reading and Writing answer key

Listening answer key

There is no answer key for Writing Parts 2 and 3 of the Reading and Writing paper, but there are sample answers and examiner comments in the relevant pages of the B1 Preliminary handbook.

Free: English practice

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Vocabulary list

This list gives teachers a guide to the vocabulary needed when preparing students for B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools.

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Information for candidates

A guide to the exam, with advice on preparing for the exam, tips for exam day and useful links.

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Summary regulations for candidates

All the important information you need to know when taking the exam.

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Frequently asked questions and exam day tips

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Official Cambridge English preparation materials

You can find a wide range of official Cambridge English support materials from Cambridge Assessment English and Cambridge University Press. Support materials include coursebooks and practice tests and include materials in both print and digital formats.