The Closely Observed Guide to Exam Preparation


Learn all about the Cambridge main suite of exams (B2 First, C1 Advanced, and C2 Proficiency) with this handy guide, complete with advice and teaching tips to maximise your students chances for success.


If you’re an EFL teacher, you’ve probably been asked to teach a Cambridge exams class at some time or other. But these exams are big and pretty tricky to master, especially if all you have to rely on is the Teacher’s Handbook (though credit where it’s due – Cambridge make good handbooks!).

That’s where ‘The Closely Observed Book of Exam Preparation’ comes in.

Every aspect of every exam is considered in detail in this book. The main suite of exams is described:

  • B2 First
  • C1 Advanced
  • C2 Proficiency

And within each of these exams, all four papers are described, along with advice for exam success, and activities for use in your own classroom:

  • Reading and Use of English
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

In the appendices you’ll also find some useful templates, such as for homework marking and for exams writing, and there’s a complete Listening paper at C1 level included in the zip file.