B2 First for Schools

B2 First for Schools, formerly known as Cambridge English: First for Schools, is one of our Cambridge English Qualifications. It gives students the confidence to use their English in the real world.

A B2 First for Schools qualification is a proof that a student has the language skills needed to communicate in an English-speaking environment.

It’s also a great way to prepare for higher-level exams such as C1 Advanced.

B2 First for Schools is targeted at the same CEFR level as B2 First but with content aimed at school-age learners rather than adults.

Key facts

CEFR level: B2 What's this?

Scale score: 160–179 What’s this?

Test format: Computer or paper-based

No. of papers: 4

Exam length: About 3.5 hours

A B2 First for Schools qualification shows that students can:
  • communicate effectively face to face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
  • write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view
  • follow the news
  • write letters, reports, stories and lots of other types of text.
Reasons to choose B2 First for Schools:
  • Easily integrated into a school’s curriculum.
  • Part of a suite of exams that offer step-by-step progression for students.
  • Comprehensive support with exam preparation and administration.
  • Students can gain a valuable qualification that is accepted worldwide