General objectives  

Test PLIDA of level B1 aims to test whether the candidate demonstrates the capacity to  understand the main points of oral and written texts when dealing with issues known. The candidate knows how to handle most of the situations that may arise during a trip through areas where the language is used and can describe experiences, briefly justify their opinions or explain their plans.

Is able to understand the essential points of clear standard language messages on familiar topics that you normally deal with at work, school, in your free time, etc. You will understand many situations that may arise during a trip in a region where the language in question is spoken. You can produce simple and coherent texts on topics that are familiar to you or are of interest to you. You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, ambitions, to briefly state the reasons and give explanations about opinions and projects.

Individual skills

Oral production: Is able to produce, with reasonable fluency, a simple description of one or more topics that fall within their field of interest, structuring them in a linear sequence of points.
Written production:  In a variety of familiar topics that fall within his field of interest, he is able to write linear and cohesive texts, combining a series of short expressions in a distinct linear sequence
Listening Comprehension:  Can understand the main points of clear language standard with which you are dealing with familiar topics usually dealt with at work, at school, in your free time, etc. including stories.
Comprehension of a written text:You can read simple and straightforward factual texts on topics related to yours, reaching a sufficient level of understanding.
Oral interaction:  You can use a wide range of simple language tools to deal with almost all situations that may arise during a trip. Intervenes, without prior preparation, in a conversation about family matters, expresses personal opinions and exchanges information on topics that he usually deals with, of personal interest or related to daily life (for example, family, hobbies, jobs, travel and current affairs).
Written interaction: Is able to convey information and ideas on abstract and concrete topics, verify information received, ask questions about a problem or explain it reasonably accurately. You can write letters and personal notes to ask or give simple information of immediate interest, highlighting what you think is important.

Duration of the PLIDA level B1 exam

The total time of the test is 2 hours and 5 minutes.

  • Oral comprehension: 35 minutes.
  • Written comprehension: 30 minutes.
  • Written expression: 50 minutes.
  • Oral expression: 10 minutes.

Domains and contexts 

Listed below, for each domain, are some contexts of use that occur in tests at this level.

Personal domain

- At home
- With the family
- On various occasions of contact (meetings, family gatherings, dinners with friends, etc.)

Public domain

- Around the city (on the street, in the square, in the park, etc.)
- At public service counters (at the information office, bank, post office, etc.)
- In shops and various public establishments (telephony, electricity, computers, mechanics, etc.)
- In public offices (complaint offices, town halls, prefectures, police headquarters, etc.)
- On occasions related to travel (travel agencies, guided tours, etc.)
- In means of transport (bus, taxi, etc.)
- On occasions related to free time (fairs, cultural events, sporting events, etc.
- In places of health and personal care (hospital, pharmacy, etc.)

Professional domain 

- At your workplace (meetings, interviews, product presentations, etc.)

Educational domain

- In class and at school (meetings with teachers, meetings with parents, etc.)
- At the secretary
- In other places related to their educational context (gym, dining room, patio, library, etc.)
- At the University


Communication skills and general objectives

                    The B1 level candidate must know


 Identify and understand important information in commonly used materials (letters, brochures, short official documents)

 Read a phone company's brochure to find the cheapest deal.

 Identify in one or more texts the information necessary to lead to the completion of a specific task.

 Understand the purchase instructions on a website.

 Read simple and linear texts on topics that are related to your field of interest.

 Read in a tourist guide the description of a place, a city or a monument

 Recognize important information in newspaper articles that cover familiar topics.

 Read a newspaper article (news, movies, fashion, diets, sports, etc.).

 Understand information on common topics related to everyday life or at work, at school, at leisure in a clearly pronounced speech and in Standard Language.

 Talk to your children's teachers about their school performance and behavior.

 Understand short stories.

 Follow on radio or television an interview with a famous person who recounts episodes from his own childhood, the beginnings of his own career, etc.

 Understand simple technical information, such as instructions for use of everyday appliances.

 Understand a salesperson illustrating the operation and / or characteristics of a television, dishwasher, computer, etc.

 Describe simple activities related to your own field of interest (study or work).

 Tell a colleague how a meeting went

 Talk about recent past events and actions; produce simple and short narrations.

 Outline the plot of a movie or book.

 Tell and describe experiences and unforeseen events.

 Report the facts related to the loss or theft of an object, a traffic accident, etc.

 Talk about dreams, hopes, intentions, forecasts for the future, expressing degrees of certainty, probability and improbability.

 Talk about your study projects OR work.

 Talk about your health

 Describe the symptoms of an ache or pain.

 Compare and evaluate alternatives; compare objects or situations.

 Choose a trip by comparing several programs.

 Facing unforeseen situations that may arise in different areas of daily life; protest and complain.

 Ask for the boss change for ruined clothes or money back.

 Express personal opinions and exchange information on topics of personal interest or related to daily life,
expressing agreement or disagreement.

Comment on a sporting event in a
conversation with friends.

 Advise, give and follow simple instructions or talk about your inability (or difficulty) to do something (in the present or in the past)

Explain how to prepare a dish, dictating
and illustrating the recipe.

 Give or not give permission to do something; express obligations and prohibitions

 Explain the rules to a new colleague to
be observed in the workplace

 Express your feelings (surprise, happiness, sadness, interest and indifference) and their needs.

 Write a letter to a friend to congratulate him
on his success

 Convey written information and ideas on abstract or concrete topics, check the information received, ask about a problem or explain it with reasonable precision

Ask for the information contained in
an email.

 Write experience reports, describing feelings and impressions.

 Say in an email a particular event of which you have been the protagonists.


Types of texts

The following list shows some types of texts that can be found in tests at this level.

Written texts

- Job announcements
- Announcements and service announcements (office move, suspension of a service, etc.)
- Short and linear literary passages - Short
news articles
- Brief biographical and autobiographical descriptions
- Chat, sms, emails, informal letters on personal issues
- Curriculum vitae
- Labels and packaging
- Medication brochures
- Instructions regarding the use of frequently used electronic devices
- Formal business letters, letters of protest against a disservice, etc.
- Advertising material (promotions, offers, etc.)
- Information brochures and leaflets (for hotels, tourist sites, services, etc.)
- Programs (of study courses, conferences, cultural events, etc.)
- Movie or book reviews
- Cooking recipes
- Newspaper, magazine and website columns

Oral texts

- Short documentaries - Short clips from radio or television programs
- Job interviews
- Face-to-face or phone conversations on familiar and familiar topics
- Formal and informal interactions in the workplace on familiar topics
- Formal interactions to use services or report problems
- Interviews
- Instructions
- Messages on answering machines
- Presentations in the workplace (of products, projects, actions, etc.)
- Simple radio and television news
- Simple descriptions of natural and urban places.