Uses & Level of ABLE B2

Uses of ABLE B2

The ABLE B2 examination can be used by organizations, firms, public agencies, and academic institutions for a wide range of purposes. The following is just a sample of possible uses:

  • Corporate users can use ABLE B2 as a useful tool when recruiting a global workforce.
  • Government agencies can use ABLE B2 when setting English language requirements for migrants.
  • Job placement agencies can use ABLE B2 when setting English language requirements for non-native speakers of English.
The level of ABLE B2

The ABLE B2 examination aims at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For each of the four areas of language competency below, at B2 level, language users:

Listening Comprehension

  • Can understand the main ideas of propositionally and linguistically complex speech on both concrete and abstract topics delivered in standard speech.
  • Can follow extended speech and complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar, and the direction of the talk is signposted by explicit markers.
  • Can identify the main reasons for and against an argument or idea in a discussion conducted in clear standard speech.
  • Can follow chronological sequence in extended informal speech, e.g. in a story or anecdote.

Reading Comprehension

  • Can read with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of reading to different texts and purposes, and using appropriate reference sources selectively.
  • Can scan longer texts in order to locate desired information, and gather information from different parts of a text, or from different texts in order to fulfil a specific task.
  • Can recognize different structures in discursive text: contrasting arguments, problem-solution presentation and cause-effect relationships.

Spoken Production & Spoken Interaction

  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction, and sustained relationships with speakers of the target language quite possible without imposing strain on either party.
  • Can highlight the personal significance of events and experiences, account for and sustain views clearly by providing relevant explanations and arguments.
  • Can address most communication problems by using circumlocutions, or by avoiding difficult expressions.
  • Can correct slips and errors if he/she becomes conscious of them or if they have led to misunderstandings.
  • Can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Written Production

  • Can write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to his/her field of interest.
  • Can write an essay or report which develops an argument, giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

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