B2 Level English Exam

REGISTERING FOR THE EXAM

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN BACHELOR'S AND MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS WHO HAVE THE B2 LEVEL ENGLISH EXAM AS A PREREQUISITE IN THEIR CURRICULUM

Students enrolled in the following courses:

BACHELORS DEGREE PROGRAMS:

Economics and Banking, Economics and Management

MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMS:

Finance, Economics, International Accounting and Management, Biotechnologies of Human Reproduction, Genetic Counsellors, Medical Biotechnologies (for students enrolled from the 2019/2020 academic year) Chemistry, Dentistry, European Studies

 

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.

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 at the CLA Front office.

These students need to present a B2 level English certificate, or pass the internal B2 level exam (Idoneità) by January of their first academic year. They will not be allowed to take exams in their faculty until they reach the B2 level.

 

STUDENTS WHO DO NOT HAVE THE B2 LEVEL ENGLISH EXAM AS A PREREQUISITE

(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 June 3rd and 4th. You can book by accessing this link  from May 15th – 29th . 

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.

 

A self-study online course is available upon request for exam preparation.

 

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). The exam is a prerequisite for the following courses: Economics and Banking, Economics and Management (undergraduate), Biotechnologies of Human Reproduction, Genetic Counsellors, Finance, Economics, International Accounting and Management, Chemistry, Dentistry, and European Studies (masters).
  • 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

Please note: If you have passed a BULATS, or an LCCI Jetset or Elsa B1 or B2 exam, you can be admitted directly to our exams without taking a pretest.

 

B2 ENGLISH STUDY SEMINAR

The Language Center periodically holds seminars which teach strategies useful for studying for the both the Reading and Use of English components of the exam. Please see our homepage for further information.

NEXT SESSIONS

THE LANGUAGE CENTER WILL BE HOLDING THE NEXT B2 LEVEL ENGLISH EXAM ONLINE DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO HAVE B2 AS A PREREQUISITE AND HAVE NOT YET FULLFILLED THEIR ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT.

The results will be published on our website approximately a week after the exam.

In order to enrol in the June session, you should click on this link (the link will operate from June 15 to 18th ). After you have registered for the exam, at least three days beforehand you will receive the instructions necessary in order to participate.

 

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 the battery does not run out.

 

JULY AND SEPTEMBER SESSIONS

More sessions wil be held in July, and September for those students who are currently attending B2 courses and for those who have the B2 exam as a prerequisite. The dates of these sessions will be published in the near future.

 

B2 LEVEL ENGLISH EXAM

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.

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B2 Level English Exam Description