About Exam Essentials 2020

About the updated Exam Essentials series


The updated version of the Exam Essentials Practice Tests for B2 First and C1 Advanced series provides students with an invaluable combination of exam information, task guidance and up-to-date exam practice. The tests are written by experts in the field and are at least the same level as the real Cambridge English exams. Students can be confident that if they do well in the Practice Tests, they’ll do well in the real exam.

  • The tests offer practice in all four papers of the exam: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
  • Eight complete practice tests cover a wide range of typical exam topic areas.
  • Essential tips in Tests 1 and 2 explain how best to approach each task type and give guidance on typical exam questions.
  • Language banks offer students model responses for the Speaking paper.
  • In B2 First there is a Glossary at the end of each test which includes helpful definitions for the key language items in the reading texts. In C1 Advanced the glossaries are all together at the end of the book.
  • A Writing bank gives students valuable information about the tasks in the Writing paper, along with complete model answers and useful phrases.
  • Two Extra tests, accessible on the Exam Essentials website, to allow extra practise.
  • Exam overview gives an at-a-glance summary of the format and task types of each paper in the exam.
  • With the ‘With Key’ versions there is an annotated Answer key contains detailed answers for each task, with explanatory notes and some additional information on incorrect answers.
  • An Audio script of all the recordings includes underlined sections to show where the answers can be found.
  • A video of a complete model Speaking interview with useful tips from examiners and accompanying worksheet allows students and teachers to see exactly what the Speaking test entails.
  • Exam-style Audio recordings to give students an authentic taste of the Listening paper