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Exam updates 2020

A2 Key
A2 Key for Schools
B1 Preliminary
B1 Preliminary for Schools

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Cambridge English Qualifications

2020 exam updates – a summary

To make sure our exams are up to date with the latest research in language learning and teaching, we update them regularly. A2 Key, A2 Key for Schools, B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools have undergone a thorough review to ensure that our exams continue to remain relevant to the needs of schools and learners.

The new exam formats will start being used from January 2020. The changes include:

  • new and updated tasks across all of the papers
  • better alignment between the exams, showing clearer progression from one exam to the next
  • an update to the way that grades are reported, bringing the exams in line with higher level Cambridge English Qualifications
  • the separation of the Reading and Writing papers in B1 Preliminary/Preliminary for Schools.

You can find more detail on the updated exam formats on the Cambridge English website:

A2 Key
A2 Key for Schools
B1 Preliminary
B1 Preliminary for Schools

A2 Key
A2 Key for Schools
B1 Preliminary
B1 Preliminary for Schools

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Important dates

12
Apr'19

All handbooks now available

All of our updated handbooks are now available in the Resources section, including the audio files for the Listening sample paper.

30
Sep'19

More resources available

Even more resources will become available, including information for candidates booklet and guidance about preparing for the exams.

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