B2 Level English Exam




Students enrolled in the following courses:



Economics and Banking, Economics and Management



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Students enrolled in our bachelor's and master's courses that are taught entirely in English, who are required to pass a level B2 (according to CEFR) English exam as a prerequisite, must present one of the international certificates accepted by the university to the Front Office of the Language Centre by December 15.

Those who have not been awarded an international certification should take the B2 level English exam at the Language Centre after their enrollment in the university. They do not need to pass a pre-test, but they do have to register for the B2 exam online.

These students need to present a B2 level English certificate by December 15 or pass the internal B2 level exam (Idoneità ) otherwise they will not be allowed to take exams in their degree course.



(Students enrolled in all other courses)

If you are attending a face-to face or blended B2 course, you will be enrolled in the exam directly by your teacher in the same semester, and do not need to register yourself.  Those students that have passed a B2 course and would like to sit the exam at a later date need to register at the Language Center by the given deadlines.

If you are not attending a face-to-face or blended course and feel that your level of English is high enough (you should have, in any case, at least a B1 level), you can request direct admittance to the exam after passing a B2 pretest  which must be booked online. 

The next pretest online will be held on May 28th 2021. 


If you book a test and then are unable to attend, please remember to cancel your appointment (in order to allow other students to book), otheriwise you will not be allowed to reserve a place the next time.

If you have already taken the B2 level English exam without passing it, you do not need to repeat the B2 pretest.


You do not need to take the pre-test and can register directly for the exam at the CLA Front Office if:

  • You have already taken the B2 level English exam and have not passed it, or you have successfully attended a course in the previous semester without having sat the exam
  • You are a first-year student enrolled in a degree course which requires the B2 level English exam as a prerequisite for the other assessments in your faculty (you must have already completed enrollment procedures in the university). See list above for degree courses which require the B2 exam as a prerequisite.
  • You have graduated from a secondary school with English as the medium of instruction, but you do not have one of the international certificates approved by the Language Center




The Language Center periodically holds workshops which teach strategies to prepare for the both the Reading and Use of English components of the exam.

The next workshop will be held online on the following days:

Reading: Thursday March 11th ,  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Teacher:  Irene Hall

Use of English: Tuesday March 16th, 2:00 –  4:00 p.m. – Teacher: Irene Hall


Link to virtual classroom:https://meet.google.com/zmr-bytm-tji

In order to participate in the workshop, you should download and print this file:

A self-study online course is also available in order to prepare for the B2 exam. Please write to infocla@unisi.it to request the access code. 


The next B2 exams sessions will be held online on June 15th, June 16th, July 8th and July 9th.



You can register for the exam from May 17th until June 4th through this link.



You can enrol in the exam if:

  • you have not attended a course but you have passed a B2 pre-test
  • you have already taken the exam but have not passed it
  • you are enrolled in a bachelors or masters degree program that requires the B2 English exam as a prerequisite


Once you are registered, you will receive the instructions for access to the virtual classroom about three days before the exam.



The exam is made up of the same components as the one held in the classroom, but for technical reasons, its administration may be slightly different. The exam lasts for 90 minutes. A score of minimum 60% is necessary in order to pass.


Technical requirements necessary for taking the exam online

You will need to be equipped with a desktop or laptop pc with Windows (7,8, x, 10) or Mac OS X (10.11 or superior) and a smartphone with Google Meet installed for the videoconference and monitoring. It is also necessary to have a reliable internet connection. During the exam you should keep your phone plugged in so that you do not risk interrrupting your connection to Gmeet.


Instructions for taking the English exam online





The B2 level English exam is similar to the Cambridge FCE (First Certificate in English) exam, but is composed of only two parts, Reading and Use of English. A minimum of 60% (the average of the two parts) is necessary in order to pass the exam.


An hour is allowed for the completion of the first part:

Reading: 3 reading exercises (30 questions)

  • Part 1: reading comprehension, with questions and multiple-choice answers (8 questions, 2 points each)
  • Part 2: completion of an article by inserting the given sentences (7 questions, 2 points each)
  • Part 3: reading of a text and associating the given sentences with the people referred to (15 questions, 1 point each)


45 minutes are allowed for the completion of the second part:

Use of English: 4 exercises (42 questions)

  • Part 1: choose the correct word (among four options) to fill in the gaps in a text (12 questions)
  • Part 2: complete an extract with 12 gaps
  • Part 3: reading of a text and filling in the gaps with words derived from those in bold print (for example, “able” can become “ability” or “enable” or “disable”, etc.) (10 questions)
  • Part 4: rewrite a sentence, using the given word, so that it has the same meaning as the first sentence (8 questions, 2 points each)
Pretest for admittance to B2 Level English exam

The B2 pretest is composed of:

  1. Questions with multiple-choice answers (grammar and vocabulary)
  2. Text to be completed, with multiple-choice answers (similar to “Use of English” part one from Cambridge FCE examination)
  3. Word formation exercises (similar to “Use of English” part three)
  4. Cloze test  -  text with gaps to be filled in with missing word (similar to “Use of English” part two)


45 minutes are allowed for the test.

B2 Level English Exam Description