B2 - Vantage Level Exam | Euroexam

B2 - Vantage Level Exam

The exam that measures foreign language communication skills at B2 – Vantage 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 printed dictionary in every exam part. Further details and our suggestions for the most efficient use of dictionaries can be found on our Bring a dictionary (or two). Because you can 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 B2 Vantage 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 350-450 words, normally an article, letter or narrative.


Writing

(Time: 60 minutes)

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

Task 1 – Transactional Writing

The candidate reads several pieces of written or diagrammatic text (leaflets, notes, letters, maps, timetables) providing a context and information for the task. The candidate is asked to write a 100 - 120 word transactional formal or semi-formal letter or email using the information provided.

Task 2 – Discursive Writing

There are three tasks from which the candidate chooses one. The candidate must write a ca. 150 word text within the genre specified. The type of text could be an article, a review, a letter to the editor or an essay.

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Task 2. – Topic Options for Discursive Writing
The task is basically the same as in the Euro B2 exam, except that instead of
the review, EuroPro candidates may choose to write a report if it appears
among the three options.

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 - or very occasionally in groups of three. There are two examiners: one an interlocutor, the other an assessor. The candidate has ten minutes before the test for preparing Task 2.

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 shows the following communication skills: e.g. 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 and business processes
- workplace/business documents
- venues and events in business life
- trade
- markets and marketing

To prepare effectively for the Vantage level EuroPro B2 business language exam, we recommend the Web Coursebook, which can be downloaded free of charge from our website.

Summary table of the Vantage Level exam 

Name of exam part

Number of tasks

Duration (minutes)

Maximum score

Reading

3

35'

25

Writing skills

2

60'

25

Listening

3

approx. 35'

25

Speaking

4

20'

25

Total

 

approx 2,5h + breaks

100
 

Expected performance

Listening comprehension

I can understand longer speeches, lectures and arguments if the topic is familiar enough for me. I can understand the news and thematic programmes on television. I can also follow most films.

Reading comprehension

I can read and comprehend articles and reports, in which the writer presents a certain opinion or viewpoint. I understand contemporary literary prose and texts relevant to my profession.

Conversation

I can talk to native English speakers more or less fluently. I can participate in conversations about familiar topics, where I expand and maintain my opinion.

Speaking skills

I can apply my verbal communication skills (e.g. storytelling, work related matters) in various real life situations. I can expand on my opinion, list arguments and counter-arguments depending on the situation.  Download evaluation criteria.

Writing skills

I can write an essay or report on topics familiar to me, in which I give information, argue for or against a viewpoint. Download evaluation criteria.

 

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Date of next exam

13 May 2017

29 July 2017

30 Sept 2017

Application deadline

18 April 2017

30 June  2017

1 Sept 2017

Application deadline with special procedure

24 April 2017

 5 July 2017

6 Sept 2017

Result

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

Exam fees

     

Complex

HUF 31 000

HUF 31 000 

HUF 31 000 

Separate written

HUF 21 000 

HUF 21 000 

HUF 21 000

Separate oral

HUF 21 000 

HUF 21 000 

HUF 21 000 

Special procedure fee

HUF 3 000 

HUF 3 000 

HUF 3 000 

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