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B2 First Speaking Exam – Listening Lesson (B2)

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by Daniel_editor on April 11, 2022 , Comments Off on B2 First Speaking Exam – Listening Lesson (B2)

Are you preparing to take the Cambridge B2 First speaking exam? Do you know what four aspects of your speaking are covered in the marking scheme, and how you could improve your performance for each of them? The exam was previously called the First Certificate in English (FCE), so if you’re looking for materials to prepare for that, you’re in the right place!

In this free lesson from Oxford Online English, you will listen to examples of two candidates doing the four parts of the B2 First speaking exam, and consider what to practise for the different areas of the marking scheme.

The format of the exam

The B2 First speaking exam has four parts. You do the first two parts by yourself, and the last two parts with another candidate. You will hear examples of all four parts in this lesson, and you can find official practice material on the Cambridge website.

The format of this lesson

In this listening lesson, there are four parts — one for each part of the exam — and a total of 40 questions. In each part, you will hear five pairs of questions, each time focusing on a different aspect of the marking scheme. The first question in each pair illustrates a problem, while the second question shows how the issue could be resolved. Your job is to identify the problem and solution each time.

The marking criteria in the exam

When you do the B2 First speaking exam, there will be two examiners listening to you. One of them gives you the instructions and asks you questions — this person is called the interlocutor. The other examiner, who just listens, will give you a score for grammar and vocabulary, discourse management, pronunciation and interactive communication. The interlocutor will also give you one score for global achievement.

Preparation for this lesson

This lesson will help you recognise and address some common difficulties in the B2 First speaking exam, but it is not intended to be an introduction to the exam. If you haven’t yet seen our free video guides to the four parts of the B2 First speaking exam, click on the following links:

B2 First Speaking Exam Part One — video lesson
B2 First Speaking Exam Part Two — video lesson
B2 First Speaking Exam Part Three — video lesson
B2 First Speaking Exam Part Four — video lesson

When you’re ready, click Start Quiz in the four parts below, and listen carefully!

B2 First Speaking Exam Part One

In part one of the B2 First speaking exam, the examiner asks you questions about your life and experiences.

B2 First Speaking Exam Part Two

In part two of the B2 First speaking exam, you talk about two photographs and answer a question. You have one minute to speak by yourself. Open the tab to see an example task.

Why do you think these people are running?

 

B2 First Speaking Exam Part Three

In part three of the B2 First speaking exam, you talk with another candidate to answer a question, with reference to five ideas which are shown to you on a piece of paper. You have two minutes to speak about them. Then, the examiner asks you another question and you have one more minute to choose one of the ideas. Open the tab to see an example task.

B2 First Speaking Part Four

In part four of the B2 First speaking exam, you talk with the other candidate to answer questions asked by the examiner. You should interact with your partner, not the examiner.

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