EuroPro level B1

for Business and Professional purposes


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

Task 1 – Paragraph Headings

Candidates receive a text of 250-350 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.

This task tests the ability to understand globally.

Task 2 – Scan Reading

Candidates receive four texts on a single topic, totalling 420-560 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.

This task tests the ability to scan for specific information.

Task 3 – Multiple-Choice Reading

This task uses a single text of 250-350 words, normally an article, letter or narrative, followed by six multiple-choice comprehension questions.

This task tests detailed comprehension, overall understanding, and interpretation of the purpose of text.


The writing test consists of 2 tasks, and takes a total of 50 minutes.

Task 1 – Transactional Writing

Candidates fill in a blank form, such as an application form, a questionnaire, a feedback form, or a report form, with various pieces of information. The form consists of four short and four extended responses. The word limit for each extended response is 15-20 words.

This task tests communicating basic personal information.

Task 2 –Discursive Writing

Candidates are given a choice of two questions, and write ca. 80-100 words within the genre specified, typically a personal email or postcard. Content may include a description of recent events, of social occasions, visits, changes, moves, jobs, places, or people.

This task tests informal letter writing skills; describing, relating personal information, narrative language, some functions such as giving advice.


The listening test consists of 3 tasks, and takes a total of approximately 30 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.

This 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.

This task tests understanding the main points, picking out important specific information, and following discourse.

Task 3 –Excerpt from a Meeting

The text is an excerpt from a meeting. 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, and understanding some detail.


The speaking paper 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.

The task tests comparing, stating an opinion / preference, giving explanations, describing a place, and describing a person.

Task 2 – Presentation

The candidate receives a sheet with a description of the context, often a number of problems that a fictional company is having, a list of ideas, and a graph or chart that is to be used in the presentation. The candidate then gives the presentation. The candidate may take notes in the preparation stage but should not read aloud from a prepared script.

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.
One card 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. The other cards will involve more demanding 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.

The task tests functional exponents for requesting /giving information, asking for clarification, booking something, confirming / denying, and 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.

The task tests stating an opinion / preference, giving reasons, and comparing / getting to an agreement.

Topics on the Speaking Test

In the Euro Pro the possible topics may include: work routines, working hours and pay, work relationships, locations, events and documents, sales and marketing, money, trade, products and services, production, describing graphs, charts and tables.

Overview of exam


Number of tasks

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2h 15 min + breaks



Level descriptors


B1 level


Can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.


Can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language.
Can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.

Spoken Interaction

Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
Can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).

Spoken Production

Can connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, my dreams, hopes and ambitions.
Can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.


Can write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
Can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.