Cambridge Preliminary: an overview of the new exam format

Malcolm Mann is an English language teacher and materials writer. He is the author or co-author of numerous ELT courses, including the Optimise, Laser and Destination series (all published by Macmillan), and has given presentations in many countries around the world. Malcolm lives and works in Greece, where he's responsible for the production of several levels of the L.A.A.S. English language exams. He is a former Chairperson of TESOL Greece. In his spare time, he's a partner in a bike shop and a cafe/bar in Athens.

The Preliminary exam is changing. From January 2020, there's a new format, with four papers rather than three. To reflect the changes to the exam, we're bringing out a new edition of Optimise B1. In this webinar, we'll look at what's staying the same, what's changing (in the exam and in Optimise B1), and how that will affect our students' exam preparation. So come along and find out how Optimise B1 can meet your and your students' needs when preparing for the new Preliminary.


Optimise is the go-to exam preparation course for teenagers. It provides engaging lessons that equip students with essential skills and techniques to ensure their exam success. The course offers optimum support and guidance to teachers who work in a results-driven environment, whether they are experienced or new to exams-focused teaching.