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B1 Preliminary preparatory material for candidates

Official preparation material for the B1 Preliminary exam:


Free of charge: paper-based sample test

Download the sample test for B1 Preliminary

Free of charge: computer-based trial tests

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Reading sample test

Writing sample test

Listening sample test

Use the following answer key:

Reading answer key (PDF)

Listening answer key (PDF)

There is no answer key for the writing test test.

Reading & Use of English preparatory material:

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Writing preparatory material:

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Listening preparatory material:

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Speaking preparatory material:

B1 Preliminary Speaking Test - Kenza and Mohammed (Video)

Speaking Test Commentary by the examiner (PDF)

Vocabulary preparation material:

This list provides students with a guide to the vocabulary needed to prepare for B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools.

B1 Preliminary Vocabulary List Download

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