B1 Preliminary

A Preliminary qualification shows that you have mastered the basics of English and now have practical language skills for everyday use.
This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between Key and First.

It is a CEFR Level B1 (What is this?)

Exam Format

Preliminary is made up of three papers developed to test your English skills: Reading and Writing (1 hour 30 minutes), Listening (36 minutes, including 6 minutes' transfer time), Speaking (10–12 minutes per pair of candidates).


You can find many free resources to help you prepare for the exam. Download our free sample papers to prepare the reading, the listening and the writing part. All answers will be provided.

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There are many exam dates throughout the year offering both paper-based and computer-based exams Preliminary.


Preliminary results are reported on the Cambridge English Scale.

You will receive a separate score for each skill, giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.

Sample Preliminary Statement of Results

More exams centres in Switzerland

Geneva (CH005)
Geneva, Chêne Bougeries, Cologny, Gex, Petit-Lancy,Thônex,Veyrier

Jura (CH020)
Delémont, Porrentruy

Valais (CH055)
Brig, Visp, Sierre, Sion, St. Maurice, Monthey

Vaud East (CH106)
Aigle, Villars, La Tour de Peilz, Vevey

Vaud West (CH105)
Lausanne, Payerne, Pully, Morges, Nyon, Renens, Yverdon