EuroPro level B2 | Euroexam

EuroPro level B2

for Business and Professional purposes

Reading

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 six multiple-choice comprehension questions.

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


Writing

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 a discursive essay, an article, a non-transactional letter or a report.


Listening

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 – 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, understanding some detail.


Speaking

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 –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.
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

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

Test

Number of tasks

Time (minutes)

Marks

Reading

3

35'

25

Writing

2

60'

25

Listening

3

35'

25

Speaking

4

20'

25

Total

 

2h 30 min + breaks

100

 

Level descriptors

 

B2 level

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.