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Anglia Exams Advanced Level (CEFR B2)Anglia Advanced Step to Books

What does Advanced test?

The Anglia Advanced English exam is mapped to B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference and is an AIM Level 1 qualification on the UK National Qualifications Framework. This advanced test will assess your capabilities over the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking (optional). This level includes an advanced English grammar test and includes the following English language skills:

  • increased vocabulary
  • inversion
  • verbs/structures followed by the past tense
  • hypothesis and deduction with modals
  • various uses of the infinitive after certain verbs
  • the perfect infinitive
  • more phrasal verbs
  • collocation and idiom

What does the candidate have to do in their Advanced test?

  • write a composition
  • write two forms of correspondence - formal and informal
  • read texts of different types
  • multiple choice questions
  • match answers
  • gap fill
  • sentence transformation
  • word transformation
  • note-taking
  • true/false/doesn’t say statements

Performance Indicators

The student has sufficient active vocabulary and structural understanding to:
  • write clear connected text on descriptive, narrative, imaginary or discursive topics
  • write correspondence, both formal and informal
  • understand and respond to the main points of a text on any topic, concrete or abstract
  • use language to perform any function likely to arise in a normal social or learning context
  • manipulate structures to create emphasis, and vary style and idiom
  • listen and respond to passages and questions in a variety of forms, delivered at a measured speaking pace

Grammar and Structures List:

Grammar and Structures What are they used for? Some examples

The inversion of subject and verb after certain negative adverbial introductions, e.g. never, rarely, hardly ever, not only, little, seldom

Creating emphasis, varying style and idiom

Never have I seen such a terrible film.
Little did he know he would one day be Prime Minister.
Not only was it raining, it was also cold.

I wish, it's about time, it's high time Expressing hypothesis, regret, decision making and the need for decision making I wish I had £1million.
It's high time we did some work.
It's about time he bought a new car.
Using modal verbs followed by the non-finite and perfect non-finite verb using will  Expressing hypotheses and deductions in varying degrees of certainty  Jane will be in bed at this time of night.
They should have heard the telephone. They must have gone out.
He can't have finished his homework. If he had, he would have put it on my desk by now.
John might be sitting in the theatre already.

After certain verbs
After certain adjectives
After question words
The perfect infinitive

   I hope to hear from you shortly. We can't afford to give you a pay rise. I want you to do something for me. It’s very difficult to explain. Tell me where to go/ how to get there/ what to say. I'd love to have met him. He doesn't seem to have done it.

A good example of an essay at Advanced Exam level:

N.B. This is an example of a genuine candidate's essay at this level. Therefore, the language may contain grammatical, lexical or stylistic errors, originally made by the candidate him/herself.

Technology has more advantages than disadvantages. Discuss.

Nowadays, technology is a necessary part of our lives. Most of us wouldn't be able to survive if we weren't provided with technology. I believe  the benefits definitiely outweigh the drawbacks. In this essay, I'm going to discuss the pros and cons.

Firstly, technology helps us communicate. If we have friends in other countries, or maybe even continents, it is hard to communicate only by telephone, so we use apps that provide us with free calls and video chats. Communication is much better if you can actually see someone on a screen- and it's free!

Furthermore, technology helps us with our studies and research. Students search for information on the internet, so they don't need to open actual books and waste time when they can find any answer in two seconds. I can say from personal experience that the internet can really improve your knowledge, especially learning English. My accent used to be terrible, but by hearing English people online, I've got much better.

However, there's a number of disadvantages that come with technology. One of them is the damage that we do to our health. Many people have problems with their eyesight, for example, from staring at a screen for ages, or with their backs from sitting at their desk . Another drawback of technology is the fact that it makes us more anti-social and it can make us lack communication with others.

Generally speaking, the advantages of technology outweigh the disadvantages, as long as we are careful and we don't overuse it.

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Advanced Level Exam Past Papers (for students)

Link to Advanced exam papers (exam papers, audio file and marking keys)
Link to Advanced level Speaking test

Advanced Level Exam Past Papers (for teachers)

Link to past papers for teachers - Please note you have to be logged in to use this resource and also registered as a teacher.

Speaking video example

Link to a video of an Advanced speaking exam