Cambridge English | B1 Preliminary

Goh Xuan You

B1 Preliminary is an intermediate level qualification in practical everyday English language skills. It follows on as a progression from A2 Key and gives learners confidence to study for taking higher level Cambridge English Qualifications such as B2 First.

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2 Hours Bi-Weekly, 20 Weeks: 7pm - 9pm
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What to Expect

B1 Preliminary qualification shows that you can read and understand the main points from signs, newspapers and magazines.

It also shows that you are able to use vocabulary and structure correctly and able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials including announcements and discussions about everyday life.

Finally, it shows how good your spoken English is as you take part in conversation by asking/answering questions and talking, for example, about your likes and dislikes.

Who Should Attend This Course

B1 Preliminary is aimed at learners who want to show they can:

  • read simple textbooks and articles in English
  • write emails on everyday subjects
  • understand factual information
  • show awareness of opinions and mood in spoken and written English
Recommended Path

Upon completion, it should give you the confidence to go on and study for higher-level exams such as B2 First


No prerequisites required

General Program

All four English language skills:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

Certificate of completion issued by Pusat Bimbingan Saw and endorsed by AirAsia Academy and Cambridge Assessment English

Exam and Professional Certification

The B1 Preliminary certificate is recognised around the world as proof of intermediate level English skill for industrial, administrative, service-based employment and accepted by a wide range of educational institutions for study purposes.

Achieving a certificate at this level proves that a candidate has mastered the basics in English and now has practical language skills for everyday use.

This exam can be taken as either a paper-based or computer based exam.

  1. What is B1 Preliminary?

    B1 Preliminary is an English language exam at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

    There isn’t a specific age for taking B1 Preliminary but the topics and content of the exam are more suited to older teens and people who have left school.

    You can take B1 Preliminary as a paper-based or a computer-based exam.

  2. How can I prepare for the exam?

    A successful and enjoyable journey begins with good preparation course. For B1 Preliminary, you should:

    • Practise your English in all four of the language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    • Improve your grammar and vocabulary.
    • Make sure you know what to expect in the exam.
    • Make sure you know the practical arrangements for the exam.
  3. What can I achieve after this exam?

    Your Statement of Results is usually available four to six weeks after the exam for paper-based exams, and two to three weeks after the exam for computer-based exams.

    The fastest way to get your results is to sign up to our free Online Results Service. You can see your results online by entering your Candidate ID and Secret Number as these are on your Confirmation of Entry.

    Your certificate will be sent about three weeks after the results are available.

  4. What does my score mean?

    Your overall score for the exam is given on the Cambridge English Scale and shows how well you did in the exam.

    • If you achieve a score of between 160 and 170 (A), this means you performed exceptionally well and that your English is above B1 level. Your certificate will state that you showed ability at Level B2.
    • If you achieve a score between 140 and 159 (B or C) in the exam, you will receive the Preliminary certificate at Level B1.
    • If your performance is below B1 level, but within A2 level (120–139), you will get a Cambridge English certificate stating that you showed ability at Level A2.
  5. How can I continue my language learning after passing B1 Preliminary?

    After you’ve passed B1 Preliminary, you can go on to take B2 First, and following that you could also take C1 Advanced.

Meet your instructor
Goh Xuan You

Xuan You is a passionate and enthusiastic Cambridge English qualified teacher with a desire to make learning imaginative and creative. She is a firm believer in creating independent learners through inspiring lessons.

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Part Time
2 Hours Bi-Weekly, 20 Weeks: 7pm - 9pm