• B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE), is one of our Cambridge English Qualifications. It is our most popular exam, accepted by thousands of businesses and educational institutions worldwide.

    A B2 First qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English.

    This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between B1 Preliminary and C1 Advanced.

    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 qualification shows that you can:

    communicate effectively face-to-face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments

    follow the news

    write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view

    write letters, reports, stories and lots of other types of text.

    Reasons to choose B2 First

    Accepted for entry to foundation / pathway / pre-sessional courses in English-speaking countries.

    Accepted for entry to undergraduate programmes taught in the medium of English in non-English-speaking countries.