2020 exam updates – a summary

To make sure our exams are up to date with the latest research in language learning and teaching, we update them regularly. A2 Key, A2 Key for Schools, B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools have undergone a thorough review to ensure that our exams continue to remain relevant to the needs of schools and learners.


The new exam formats will start being used from January 2020. The changes include:

  • New and updated tasks across all of the papers.
  • Better alignment between the exams, showing clearer progression from one exam to the next.
  • An update to the way that grades are reported, bringing the exams in line with higher level Cambridge English Qualifications.
  • The separation of the Reading and Writing papers in B1 Preliminary/Preliminary for Schools.

Learn more about the exam updates, here:


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