Level 2 Test in English (Level B2 CEFR)

The Level 2 Test in English developed by the Language testing centre at St Petersburg University measures the language proficiency of candidates at CEFR Level B2.

When applying for Graduate and Doctoral programmes at St Petersburg University, applicants who have a Level 2 Test in English certificate are granted additional scores to their portfolio.

You can find more detailed information on the number of scores awarded here.

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This is a high level of proficiency in a foreign language which implies the ability to understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics; to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity; to produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. Interaction with native speakers is quite possible without strain for either party.

  • Test duration3 hours 57 minutes
  • Number of papers5
  • Formin-person
  • Required test score (%) to pass the test: 51-100%

Test format


Number of tasks



4 tasks (29 items)

55 min


2 tasks (“Graph Description” or “Formal Email”, “Opinion Essay”)

70 min


3 tasks (24 items)

48 min

Use of English

3 tasks (26 items)

40 min


2 tasks (“Collaborative Task”, “Talk with a follow-up question”)

20-24 min

Test results

The candidate who achieves a “pass” score will receive a certificate with a grade (A, B, C). The grade within the level depends on the overall test score (%). Certificates are issued within 4-5 weeks of the moment of taking the test.

Test grade

Test score (%)







Test sessions

Preparation for the test


If you have any questions, please, contact us by phone: +7 (812) 363-64-06, +7 (812) 363-64-09 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can find out about the current dates of registration and the exam, as well as its cost, on the general information page.