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Business English

In today’s global business world, it is important to show employers you can communicate in English effectively in everyday business situations. We offer three business English exams: B1 Business Preliminary, B2 Business Vantage and C1 Business Higher.

B1 Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary)

B1 Business Preliminary, previously known as the Business English Certificate (BEC) Preliminary, is the first in a series of three Cambridge English Business Certificates. This qualification shows employers that you can communicate in English in practical everyday business situations. It is the same level as the B1 Preliminary, but is focused on English for business.

Level of qualification: Intermediate = B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference.

Who should take this exam?

You should take this exam if you want to improve your English for your business career. Studying for the B1 Business Preliminary will give you a good foundation in the English skills you need to work in international business.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • follow short telephone conversations or general business discussions
  • discuss practical business tasks such as ordering or answering general enquiries
  • write brief factual business letters or emails.

What is the exam format?

There are three parts to all Business English exams. You do the Reading, the Writing and the Listening papers on the same day. You may need to return to do the Speaking on a different day. You do the Speaking with two examiners and one or two other exam candidates.

 

 B1 Business Preliminary Reading and Writing Listening Speaking
Time 1 hr 30 mins 40 mins 12 mins
Marks (% of total) 50% 25% 25%

B2 Business Vantage (BEC Vantage)

Cambridge English: B2 Business Vantage, previously known as the Business English Certificate Vantage (BEC Vantage), is the second in a series of three Cambridge English Business Certificates. This qualification shows that you can communicate in English in a business environment. It is the same level as the Cambridge English: B2 First qualification, but is focused on English for business.

Level of qualification: Upper Intermediate = B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference.

Who should take this exam?

You should take this exam if you want to prove to employers that your English is good enough for you to work in an English-speaking business environment. Studying for the B2 Business Vantage will develop your confidence and the English skills you need to succeed in international business.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • understand the meaning of business reports and letters
  • express your opinion or have a discussion about factual issues
  • give a short prepared presentation, and write a brief proposal.

What is the exam format?

There are three parts to all Business English exams. You do the Reading, the Writing and the Listening papers on the same day. You may need to return to do the Speaking on a different day. You do the Speaking with two examiners and one or two other exam candidates.

 

 B2 Business Vantage Reading Writing Listening Speaking
Time 1 hr 45 mins 40 mins 14 mins
Marks (% of total) 25% 25% 25% 25%

C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher)

Cambridge English: C1 Business Higher, previously known as the Business English Certificate Higher (BEC Higher), is the final exam in a series of three Cambridge English Business Certificates. This qualification shows that you can communicate confidently in English in a business environment. It is the same level as the Cambridge English: C1 Advanced, but is focused on English for business.

Level of qualification: Advanced = C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference.

Who should take this exam?

You should take this exam if you want to develop professional English business skills. The C1 Business Higher qualification proves to employers that you can be effective in a demanding English-speaking business environment. To take the exam you should be able to:

  • take an active part in business meetings, expressing your opinions and arguing your point of view
  • understand most business reports and correspondence
  • write detailed business proposals and letters.

What is the exam format?

There are three parts to all Business English exams. You do the Reading, the Writing and the Listening papers on the same day. You may need to return to do the Speaking on a different day. You do the Speaking with two examiners and one or two other exam candidates.

 

 C1 Business Higher Reading Writing Listening Speaking
Time 1 hr 1hr 10 mins 40 mins 16 mins
Marks (% of total) 25% 25% 25% 25%

Sitting for the Cambridge English Business Certificates in Austria

Register for Cambridge English Business Certificates in Austria.

Find out when and where you can sit for the Cambridge English Business Certificates in Austria and the examination fees.

Click here to find out what to expect on the exam day.

Results for paper based exams are available online between four and six weeks after you take the exam, and after approximately two weeks for computer based exams.

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