Euroexam: Level B2 / Niveau B2

At this level, Euroexam measures candidate's ability to:

  • understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics,
  • interact with native speakers without strain for either party.
  • produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Overview of the Exam

Euroexam: Level B2 consists of four parts covering the four principal language skills:

 

Number of tasks

Time (minutes)

Marks

Reading /
Leseverstehen

3

35'

25

Writing /
Schreiben

2

60'

25

Listening /
Hörverstehen

3

35'

25

Speaking /
Sprechen

4

20'

25

 

 

Total: 230 min + breaks

Total: 100

Candidates are allowed to use ANY printed (i.e. not electronic) dictionary in the reading, writing, the last five minutes of the listening and the preparation period of the speaking tests.

Click here on our Bring a dictionary (or two) page for more details on dictionary usage and our suggestions for the most efficient use of dictionaries during the exam.

 


The Exam in Detail

A description of each and every exam task.

 

Reading / Leseverstehen

The reading test consists of 3 tasks, and takes a total of 35 minutes.

Task 1 – Paragraph Headings

  • Candidates receive a text of 350-450 words excerpted from a narrative text, a descriptive text, or correspondence consisting of seven sections or paragraphs (one is used as an example), and nine paragraph titles or headlines; the task is to match the heading to the appropriate paragraph. An example is provided.
  • The task tests the candidate’s ability to understand global information.

Task 2 – Scan Reading

  • Candidates receive four texts on a single topic, totalling 500-700 words, and eight statements (one is an example) containing information from one of the four texts or sections. The task is to decide which section each statement comes from. The texts typically contain a lot of information, often fairly densely, and there will often be some numerical information e.g. prices, phone numbers, dates, times etc. An example is provided.
  • The task tests scanning for specific information.

Task 3 – Multiple-Choice Reading

  • This task uses a single text of 350-450 words, normally an article, letter or narrative, followed by seven multiple-choice comprehension questions.
  • The task tests detailed comprehension, overall understanding, and interpretation of purpose of text.

Writing / Schreiben

The writing test consists of 2 tasks, and takes a total of 60 minutes.

Task 1 – Transactional Writing

  • Candidates receive several pieces of written or diagrammatic text (leaflets, notes, letters, maps, timetables) containing a context for the tasks, a request for the candidate to write something (e.g. a reply, an opinion), and information that the candidate needs in order to complete the task. The texts may be annotated, for example have “Post-it notes” attached. The candidates are asked to make a response in the form of a formal or semi- formal transactional letter of approximately 100-120 words.
  • The task tests writing in the genre of a semi-formal or formal transactional letter.

Task 2 – Discursive Writing

  • Candidates are given a choice of three questions, and write ca. 150 words within the genre specified. The type of text could be an article, a report, review or a non-transactional letter; a descriptive or narrative composition, or a discursive essay.
  • The task tests writing in any of the following genres: article, report, review, non-transactional letter, descriptive, narrative, or discursive essay.

Listening / Hörverstehen

The listening test consists of 3 tasks, and takes a total of approximately 35 minutes. Candidates listen to recorded material and complete a task sheet.

Task 1 – Short Conversations

  • Candidates hear six short conversations, all taking place in the same location, e.g. a train station, but of several different discourse types. The task consists of eight pictures or eight short blocks of text, or a list of eight items. Candidates have to select six correct answers out of eight possibilities, e.g. choose the picture that corresponds to the speakers they hear.
  • The task tests understanding the overall idea, understanding main points, distinguishing between fact and opinion, identifying simple discourse markers which organise what is being said, picking out important information, identifying speaker’s mood.

Task 2 – Making Notes

  • Candidates hear an extended monologue, such as an answering machine message or an oral explanation of a process. The task consists of notes forming a summary of the text with nine gaps representing words or phrases of up to three words, marking key information from the text. Candidates have to fill the gaps with an appropriate word or phrase.
  • The task tests understanding the main points, picking out important specific information, following discourse.

Task 3 – Radio Programme

  • The text is an excerpt from a radio programme, such as news, documentary or formal discussion. The task consists of ten multiple- choice questions, each including three options.
  • This task tests understanding the main points, listening selectively, understanding and utilising features of redundancy, understanding some detail.

Speaking / Sprechen

The Speaking Test consists of four tasks, and takes approximately 20 minutes, with an additional ten minutes given beforehand for preparation for Task 2. The candidates may use printed dictionaries during the preparation stage. The tasks are designed to elicit a range of speaking skills. Candidates are examined in pairs with two examiners present, one acting as an interlocutor, the other as an assessor.

Task 1 – The Interview

  • Candidates are first asked a number of scripted questions, with the intention of relaxing them and eliciting basic social interaction. Questions and prompts encourage candidates to give their opinions, explanations, express preferences, and describe people and places. Some possible topics include travel, family, hobbies, education, and relationships.
  • As the candidates’ skills in basic social interaction and conversation on familiar topics are being tested, they should be attentive to turn-taking and at the same time attempt full responses, avoiding short answers.
  • This task tests comparing, stating an opinion / preference, giving explanations, describing a place, describing a person.

Task 2 – The Picture Story

  • Each candidate receives a picture story. The task is to tell the story. Before meeting the examiner, the candidate has ten minutes to prepare. The opening line of the story is given and the candidate must tell the continuation of the story. The candidate may take notes in the preparation stage but should not read aloud from a prepared script.
  • The stories are everyday incidents, with limited complications or confusions to explain. There is typically one main event and the rest are straightforward sequences leading up to or following from this.
  • This exam task tests sequencing events, describing cause and effect, comparing, describing experiences.

Task 3 – Transactional Dialogues

  • The interlocutor has cue cards and corresponding dialogue frames. For each task the candidate looks at the information on a cue card (providing a context and a communicative need) and then produces an appropriate utterance to the interlocutor. The interlocutor replies in line with the dialogue frame. The candidate then responds.
  • Some cards will involve an everyday situation in the street, in a café, in a workplace, at home etc., and involve an informal interaction with a friend or colleague, requiring functions of greeting, ordering, offering, and/or expressing preferences. Other cards will involve more formal contexts requiring the candidate to introduce complex ideas into the conversation and attempt to achieve more difficult communicative goals. Functions include requesting, apologising, confirming or checking, expressions of surprise or anticipation, asking for information or directions, asking for help, suggesting, complaining, persuading, expressing sympathy, expressing regret, making complex arrangements, refusing or denying, or hypothesising.
  • This task tests functional exponents for requesting /giving information, asking for clarification, booking something, confirming / denying, paying for something.

Task 4 – Discussion

  • Candidates receive a card with a sentence describing a problem or situation. After thinking of a few ideas, the candidates discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various options before coming to an agreement about the most suitable solution or option.

Topics on the Speaking Test

There is no limitation on topic areas, but they may include: social gatherings, travel, free time, shopping, meeting people, family, hobbies, holidays, places, daily routines, health, food and drink, education, friends, media, relationships, housing and accommodation.


Evaluation Criteria - B2

Click on the following links for the Euroexam: Level B2 evaluation criteria for speaking skills and writing skills.


Level B2 descriptors

 

 

Listening

Can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar.
Can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. 
Can understand the majority of films in standard dialect.

Reading

Can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.
Can understand contemporary literary prose.

Spoken Interaction

Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible.
Can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views.

Spoken Production

Can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my field of interest.
Can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Writing

Can write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to my interests.
Can write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.
Can write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.