A2 Key and B1 Preliminary Assessment

Cambridge exam assessment is based on, and reported, using the Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR). All Bell studens sit either the A2 Key English Test or the B1 Preliminary English Test in Mathayom 2 and/or Mathayom 3. The test format and level of achievement are summarised below.

A2 Key Assessment

Cambridge English Scale Score

140150

133139

120132

100-119

<100

Grade

Pass with Distinction

Pass with Merit

Pass

Level A1

Fail

CEFR Level

B1

A2

A2

A1

No Certificate Awarded

Paper

Reading and Writing
(60 minutes)

Listening
(30 minutes, including 8 minutes' transfer time)

Speaking
(8-10 minutes per pair of candidates)

Content

7 parts, 32 questions

5 parts, 25 questions

2 parts

Marks

50%

25%

25%

Purpose

Shows that students can understand simple written information, such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines.

Requires students to be able to understand announcements and other spoken material when people speak reasonably slowly.

Shows that students can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. It is conducted face to face with one or two other candidates and two examiners.

B1 Preliminary Assessment

Cambridge English Scale Score

160170

153159

140152

120139

100-119

<100

Grade

Pass with Distinction

Pass with Merit

Pass

Level A2

Level A1

Fail

CEFR Level

B2

B1

B1

A2

No Certificate Awarded

No Certificate Awarded

Paper

Reading
(45 minutes)

Writing
(45 minutes)

Listening
(36 minutes, including 6 minutes' transfer time)

Speaking
(10-12 minutes per pair of candidates)

Content

6 parts, 32 questions

2 tasks of 100 words each

4 parts, 25 questions

4 parts

Marks

25%

25%

25%

25%

Purpose

Shows that students can read and understand the main points from signs, newspapers and magazines and can use vocabulary and structures correctly.

Shows that students can write simple, coherent documents with awareness of their reader and their needs.

Students have to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, including announcements and discussions about everyday life.

Shows that students can take part in a conversation by asking/answering questions and talking about topics like their likes and dislikes. It is conducted face to face with one or two other candidates and two examiners.