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B2 First for Schools

Results

B2 First for Schools results are reported on the Cambridge English Scale.

You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English, giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.

For more information about the Cambridge English Scale, download our factsheet


When will I get my B2 First for Schools Statement of Results?

All candidates receive a Statement of Results, and if you are successful in the exam you will also receive a certificate.

Your Statement of Results is released online, approximately four to six weeks after the exam for paper-based exams, and two to three weeks after the exam for computer-based exams. The fastest way to get your results is to sign up to our free online results service.


When will I get my B2 First for Schools certificate?

We send your certificate to your exam centre about three weeks after results are available. Your exam centre then sends it on to you.

  • If you took a paper-based exam, your certificate will be sent to your centre seven to nine weeks after the date of your exam.
  • If you took a computer-based exam, your certificate will be sent to your centre five to six weeks after your exam date.

B2 First for Schools Scale Scores

Depending on which university, college or organisation you are applying to, you may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill. For B2 First for Schools, the following scores will be used to report results:

Cambridge English Scale Score

Grade/CEFR

CEFR Level

180–190

Grade A

C1

173–179

Grade B

B2

160–172

Grade C

B2

140–159

Level B1

B1

The exam is targeted at Level B2 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above B2 (Level C1) and the level below (Level B1).

Scores between 122 and 139 are also reported for B2 First for Schools. You will not receive a certificate, but your Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on your Statement of Results.

The relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in B2 First for Schools is illustrated below:

Diagram of where B2 First for Schools is aligned on the CEFR and Cambridge English Scale

What is a Statement of Results?

Your Statement of Results contains the following information:

  • your score on the Cambridge English Scale for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English
  • your score on the Cambridge English Scale for the overall exam
  • your grade (A, B, C, Level B1) for the overall exam.

Find out how to understand your B2 First for Schools Statement of Results (for exams taken in January 2015 and after)

Download a sample Statement of Results for B2 First for Schools