B1 – Threshold Level Exam | Euroexam

B1 – Threshold Level Exam

The exam that measures foreign language communication skills at B1 Threshold Level

The outstanding reliability and acknowledged objectivity of the Euroexams are already well-known. What is more, these exams measure communication skills used in real life. This way you may show how you can apply your English or German knowledge in practice. We are sure you will do well.

Printed dictionaries can be used during the whole exam

Our candidates may use any kind of printed dictionary or dictionaries freely in most tests or with some conditions in others in the exam. Further details and our suggestions for the most efficient use of dictionaries can be found on our Using dictionaries in the language exam page.

You can find a set of points which present the required performance for each skill below the parts and description of the exam parts, as well as the evaluation criteria for speaking skills and writing skills.


Parts of the Euro B1 Threshold Level language exam and detailed description of tasks

In the description of the tasks we indicate with a grey background colour 
where the EuroPro tasks differ from those in the Euro exam.

Reading

(Time: 35 minutes)

Dictionary use: The candidate may use a printed (i.e. non-electronic) dictionary thoughout the Reading Test.

Task 1 – Paragraph Headings

There are six paragraphs for which the candidate must find the most appropriate heading from a choice of eight paragraph headings. Two headings are not needed. An example is provided.

Task 2 – Scan Reading

The candidate reads four texts on a single topic and seven statements containing information from one of the texts. The candidate’s task is to decide which text each statement relates to. An example is provided.

Task 3 – Multiple-Choice Reading

The candidate answers seven multiple-choice comprehension questions based on a single text of 250-350 words, normally an article, letter or narrative.


Writing

(Time: 50 minutes)

Dictionary use: The candidate may use a printed (i.e. non-electronic) dictionary thoughout the Writing Test.

Task 1 – Form Filling

The candidate completes a form. The first four questions require a single word or short phrase as answers. The second four questions require short answers of 15 to 20 words each. The total number of words for this task is 60 to 80.

Task 2 – Discursive Writing

There are two tasks from which the candidate chooses one. The candidate must write 80-100 words. The type of text is typically an email, letter or postcard.


Listening

(Time: ca. 35 minutes)

Dictionary use: The candidate may use a printed (i.e. non-electronic) dictionary during the last five minutes of the test after the audio has finished.

Task 1 – Short Conversations

The candidate listens twice to six short recordings made in the same location, and matches them with eight pictures, diagrams or short pieces of text, (e.g. a list, email extracts, advertisements).

Task 2 – Making Notes

The candidate listens twice to an extended monologue. There are notes based on the text which contain nine gaps. Each gap requires a piece of information, which the candidate must write while listening in no more than three words.

Task 3 – Radio Programme

The candidate listens twice to an excerpt from a radio programme. S/he answers ten multiple-choice questions while listening. The programme may be news, documentary or formal discussion.

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Task 3 - Meeting
The candidate hears a part of a business meeting. Then they must answer ten multiple-choice questions about the meeting.

Speaking

(Time: 10 minutes preparation + 20 minutes interview)

Dictionary use: The candidate may use a printed (i.e. non-electronic) dictionary during the preparation period only.
Candidates are examined in pairs There are two examiners: one an interlocutor, the other an assessor. The candidate has ten minutes before the test for preparing Task 2. The candidate may use printed (i.e. non-electronic) dictionaries during the preparation period.

Task 1 – Interview

(2-3 minutes)

The interlocutor will ask the candidate one introductory question and then two questions on another topic. Topics include travel, work, family, sport, cinema, hobbies, education, relationships, housing, news and current affairs and the environment.

Task 2 – Picture Story

(2 mins for each candidate)

The candidate receives a picture story with an opening line; the task is to tell the story. Before meeting the examiner, the candidate has had ten minutes to prepare a story. The candidate may make notes in the preparation stage, but should not read aloud from a prepared script.

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Task 2 - Presentation
The candidate receives a tasksheet with some data (e.g. graphs, charts, numbers etc.). They are expected to use these data in the presentation they will deliver in two minutes after preparing preliminarily for the delivery for 10 minutes (during this preparation, they can take notes and use a dictionary). 

Task 3 – Transactional Dialogues

(4-5 mins)

The candidate receives a cue card. The card describes a situation, the candidate’s role in the situation, and gives instructions. The candidate speaks, the interlocutor gives a scripted reply and then the candidate responds to the reply. Each candidate will have three cue cards. Candidates alternate in doing this task.

Task 4 – Discussion

(3-4 mins)

The candidates as a pair receive a topic card which contains a debatable point or question (e.g. what are some of the problems of living in a foreign country?). First they think of issues which answer the question or contribute to the debate. Then the candidates discuss, expand on and prioritise these issues. Task 4 is the only task in the speaking test in which the candidates talk to their partner.


Topics, situations that may occur at the Speaking Test

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As we measure spontaneous communication in every task of the Speaking / Sprechen exam part – which is still the case even though every candidate gets 10 minutes for preparation before the storytelling task – the candidate has zero chance during the entire test to put forward preliminarily memorised monologues on a topic or otherwise. Instead, the candidate will succeed in this exam part if s/he has improved and manifests, for example, the following communication skills: sharing individual experience and opinion during every day chat or conversation, verbal office routine with strangers or familiar persons, as well as argumentative and debating skills.

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Regarding the business language exam, the following very general business English topics may occur in the Speaking Test.

- working hours and salary
- workplace hierarchy
- expressions related to everyday work
- workplace/business documents
- venues and events in business life
- trade
- markets and marketing

Summary table of the Threshold Level exam 

Name of exam part

Number of tasks

Duration (minutes)

Maximum score

Reading

3

35'

25

Writing

2

50'

25

Listening

3

approx. 35'

25

Speaking

4

20'

25

Total

 

2h 20 min + breaks

100
 

Expected performance

Listening comprehension

I can understand the main points of everyday conversations, as well as radio and television programmes, in which people talk about current news, personal or professional questions slowly and clearly.

Reading comprehension

I can understand written texts which include often occurring ordinary or professional elements, as well as private or transactional emails/letters about everyday events, feelings and wishes.

Conversation

I can handle most topics that emerge during travelling in a target language area. I can join everyday conversations, talk about my own experiences, and form an opinion.

Speaking skills

I can talk about my experience and plans, events and books, in simple complex sentences. I can express my opinion briefly and defend it too.  Download the evaluation criteria for the Speaking test.

Writing skills

I can write a short text made up of simply linked elements about topics familiar to me. I can also pen private and transactional letters about experience and impressions. Download the evaluation criteria for the Writing test.

 

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Date of next exam

6 May 2017

29 July 2017

18 March 2017

Application deadline

7 April 2017

30 June 2017

18 February 2017

Application deadline with special procedure

21 April 2017

14 July 2017

3 March 2017

Result

You can inquire from the 20th working day following the exam on our website using your exam code.

Exam fees

     

Complex

HUF 24 900 

HUF 24 900 

HUF 24 900 

Separate written

HUF 17 900 

HUF 17 900

HUF 17 900

Separate oral

HUF 15 900 

HUF 15 900 

HUF 15 900 

Special procedure fee

HUF 3 000 

HUF 3 000 

HUF 3 000 

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