What is Business English (BEC)?
The Business English Certificates are designed for the purpose of international business and trade.
There are three different levels of Business English:
- B1 Business Preliminary (BEC V)
- B2 Business Vantage (BEC V)
- C1 Business Higher (BEC H)
They are aligned with Levels B1 to C1 of the CEFR an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability.
Who is this Business English exam for and why should I take it?
- C1 Business Higher is an Advanced level business exam and suitable for people preparing a career in business or those already working in middle-senior management positions.
- It can help you show that you have learned English to an appropriate standard and can use it in a business context
- The Business English exams are suitable for adults (aged 16 and over).
What is the format of the exam?
Business English has four papers:
|Writing||1 hour 10 min|
|Listening||40 min approx|
|Speaking||16 min approx|
Each component of the exam carries 25% of the total marks.
- Candidates can access their results on Candidate Result website.
- For paper-based exams, these will be available after 4 to 6 weeks.
- For computer-based exams, they will be available after 2 to 3 weeks.
- Results are reported using Cambridge Assessment English Scale.
- You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
- These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam.
For C1 Business Higher, there are three Pass grades:
- A (score between 200 and 210)
- B (score between 193 and 199)
- C (score between 180 and 192)
and two Fail grades:
- Council of Europe Level B2 (score between 160 and 179)
- Not Reported (159 and below)
There is no minimum pass mark for individual papers.
The grade is based on the total score of all 4 papers.
Certificates are awarded to candidates who score 160 and above and are despatched approximately 10 days after the results release window has ended.