B2 First Listening (Exam 2)

B2 First Listening

B2 First Listening (Exam 2): The Listening section of the Cambridge English B2 First exam comprises 4 parts and 30 questions, with a total duration of approximately 40 minutes. This part of the exam represents 20% of the final mark.

It requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.

  • Time

    40 minutes

  • Main Skills


  • Topic

    Examination Practice

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Part 1: Multiple-choice questions

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1 – 8, choose the best answer (A, B or C).

Part 2: Sentence completion

You will hear an expert snowboarder called Jack Daniels talking about the sport of extreme snowboarding.

For questions 9- 18, listen to the talk and complete the details below. 

Part 3: Multiple matching

You are going to hear five people talking about a journey they are worried about. For questions 19-23, choose from the list (A-F) which statement applies to each person. Use the letters only once. There is one extra letter which you do not need to use.

Part 4: Multiple-choice questions

You'll hear a podcast with Dr Cooper about staying healthy. For questions 24-30, choose the best answer (A, B or C).

Part 1: Multiple-choice questions

You will listen to eight short extracts from monologues or exchanges between interacting speakers. Each extract has one multiple-choice question with three options. This part tests your ability to understand attitude, opinion, main idea, and detail and offers a total of 8 marks.

Part 2: Sentence completion

This part consists of a monologue lasting approximately 3 minutes. You need to complete 10 sentences based on what you hear. It assesses your ability to understand specific information, stated opinions, and detailed meaning. Completing this part correctly can earn you 10 marks.

Part 3: Multiple matching

This involves a series of five themed monologues, each about 30 seconds long. You have to match a list of options to the correct speaker based on what you hear. This part focuses on understanding the gist, attitude, opinion, and main points of each speaker. A maximum of 5 marks can be achieved in this part.

Part 4: Multiple-choice questions

You’ll listen to a conversation between two. There are six multiple-choice questions, each with three options It tests your understanding of attitude, opinion, gist, detail, purpose, and relationship. This part can get you up to 7 marks.

Throughout the listening exam, you will hear each recording twice, giving you ample opportunity to grasp the content and nuances of the conversations and monologues.

Regular Practice: Consistently practice listening to English in different contexts – movies, news, podcasts, etc.

Listen to Different English Accents: Practice listening to English spoken in various accents since the exam includes a range of accents.

Practice Different Types of Listening: The exam includes different types of listening tasks like conversations, announcements, or monologues. Try listening to similar types of audio in your practice.

Understand the Question Types: Familiarize yourself with the types of questions you might encounter, such as multiple-choice or sentence completion.

Listen for Key Details: Pay attention to specific information, attitudes, opinions, and main ideas in the audio clips.

Practice Notetaking: While listening, jot down key points and details. This will help you remember important information.

Improve Your Vocabulary: A broader vocabulary will help you understand a variety of topics better.

Use Authentic Materials: Listen to authentic English materials that cover a range of subjects and situations, similar to those in the exam.

Simulate Exam Conditions: Try practicing under exam-like conditions to get used to the format and time constraints.

Review and Reflect: After practicing, review your answers and understand where you went wrong to improve in those areas.

B2 First Skills

  • Speaking

    Skills to communicate with others to express thoughts and feelings.

  • Listening

    Skills to improve active listening in order to develop responses to what someone is saying.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

B2 First Themes

  • Entertainment and Leisure

    Opportunities to discover how media and leisure have an impact on people's lives.

  • Environment and Nature

    Opportunities to develop a greater understanding of issues affecting our environment.

  • Health and Wellbeing

    Opportunities to develop a better understanding of how to stay healthy and lead an active life.

  • Learning and Work

    Opportunities to discuss how different societies create roles to develop their skills and knowledge.

  • Culture and Lifestyle

    Opportunities to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.

  • Science and Technology

    Opportunities to look at the challenges faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • Travel and Adventure

    Opportunities to discover how exploring and visiting different cultures and community can impact our viewpoint.

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