Cambridge Assessment English: Business B1 Preliminary, B2 Vantage & C1 Higher
Cambridge English: Business also known as Business English Certificates (BEC) are recognised by employers, ministries, government bodies and professional organisations throughout the world. This valuable suite of three qualifications provides clear proof that you have the English skills to make you an asset to your employer.

Achieve your ambitions in international business
In today’s challenging business environment, companies are seeking employees with English language skills to help their organisation compete internationally. You can give yourself a vital advantage by making sure you have the language skills that employers are looking for. Cambridge English: Business Certificates are developed in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) – the internationally accepted system for describing language ability.

A clear route for progression
Cambridge English: Business Certificates feature three certificates that provide a progressive way to develop and improve Business English ability, and make it easy to prove to employers the exact level of your English skills.
  • BEC Preliminary
  • BEC Vantage
  • BEC Higher
  • Registration


Language skills for real-life business situations


 Business leaflet
Cambridge English: Business Preliminary, is set at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The content in Cambridge English: Business Preliminary reflects everyday work and business tasks. Preparing for your exam will give you skills that will make you an asset to your employer.
At this level, you would be able to carry out basic office tasks such as:
  • reading short messages
  • interpreting charts
  • writing a short email
  • following short telephone conversations and discussions
  • talking about business-related matters


Improving your employability and career prospects
Proving your business English abilities can open the door to career opportunities with a new employer, or can make your ambitions for promotion or career development within your current organisation a reality.


Clear, reliable evidence of your language ability
Employers value and rely on Cambridge English: Business Preliminary because it is a thorough test of all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in a business context.


Fair and valid
Cambridge English carries out detailed research and analysis to ensure all our exams are accurate, relevant and fair to the people that take them. The systems and processes meet the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard.

  Cambridge English: Business Preliminary FAQs

Cambridge English: Business Preliminary has 3 parts:
Reading & Writing: 1 hour, 30 minutes
The Cambridge English: Business Preliminary Reading & Writing has seven parts for Reading and two tasks for Writing. There are different types of texts and questions.In the Reading part of the test you are tested on your ability to understand gist and detail and to identify main points and specific information. You are also tested on vocabulary and understanding the structure and development of a text. The Writing: Part 1 is a piece of communication with a colleague or colleagues inside a company. Writing: Part 2 is a longer piece of business correspondence, which is usually with somebody outside the company. Writing: Part 2 is worth twice as many marks as Writing: Part 1. When examiners assess your writing, they will think about task achievement, range of structure and vocabulary, accuracy and control of language, organisation and cohesion, appropriacy of register and format and the effect the writing will have on the target reader. The Reading and Writing test accounts for 50% of the total mark – 25% for Reading and 25% for Writing.
Listening: about 40 minutes
The Cambridge English: Business Preliminary Listening has four parts. For each part, you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice. The recordings are scripted. They all deal with business topics and situations. Nearly all have one or two speakers. The Listening test accounts for 25% of the total mark.
Speaking: 16 minutes per pair of candidates
The Cambridge English: Business Preliminary Speaking Test has three parts and you take it together with another candidate. There are two examiners. One of the examiners talks to you and the other examiner listens and takes notes. One examiner (the interlocutor) speaks to you, and the other (the assessor) does not take part in the test but listens to you speak and interact with the other candidate. Both examiners give you a mark, but the assessor gives more detailed marks than the interlocutor. The Speaking test accounts for 25% of the total mark.

 Download the Business Preliminary sample papers

Choosing your Speaking Test partner
If you would like to be paired together with a friend/classmate you can request this when you register for the exam. Please note however that research has shown that there are both advantages and disadvantages in taking the test with someone you know and that in the end it doesn’t matter. What is important is that the test judges you on your own performance.

Your results
From January 2015 Cambridge English: Business Preliminary results will be reported on the new Cambridge English Scale (replacing the current candidate profile and standardised scores).

 Download a factsheet about the Cambridge English Scale

You will receive a Statement of Results. If your performance ranges between CEFR Levels B2 and A2, you will also receive a certificate.

You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These five scores are averaged to give an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.

'Statement of Results'
Your Statement of Results contains the following information:
  1. Your score on the Cambridge English Scale for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  2. Your score on the Cambridge English Scale for the overall exam
  3. Your grade (Pass with Distinction, Pass with Merit, Pass, Level A2) for the overall exam
  4. Your CEFR level for the overall exam. Depending on which university, college or organisation you are applying to, you may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill.
For Cambridge English: Business Preliminary, the following scores will be used to report results:
Cambridge English Scale Score
Grade
CEFR level
  160-170
Pass with Distinction
B2
  153-159Pass with Merit
B1
  140-152Pass
B1
  120-139Level A2
A2



The exam is targeted at Level B1 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above B1 (Level B2) and the level below (Level A2).

Scores between 120 and 139 are also reported for Cambridge English: Business Preliminary. You will not receive a certificate, but your Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on your Statement of Results.

Please click on the image to the left of this text to find out the relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in Cambridge English: Business Preliminary.


You can access your results through the
 Cambridge English Results Online website.



Your certificate
If a candidate demonstrates that he/she has achieved level A2 or above of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), one of the following certificates will be awarded:

Cambridge English: Business Preliminary - Level B2
If you achieve a scale score of 160–170 (Pass with Distinction) in your exam, you will receive the Business English Certificate Preliminary at Level B2.
Cambridge English: Business Preliminary - Level B1
If you achieve a scale score of 140–159 (Pass, Pass with Merit) in your exam, you will receive the Business English Certificate Preliminary at Level B1.
Level A2 certificate
Cambridge English believes it is important to recognise your achievement, even if you do not reach Level B1. If your exam performance is below Level B1, but falls within Level A2, Cambridge English will recognise your achievement with a certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at Level A2.

Results Verification Service
If you want a university, employer or other organisation to verify your result, you must provide them with the information on your Statement of Results and two additional pieces of information:

1.- Your ID Number (a sequence of nine letters and numbers).
2.- Your Secret Number (a four-digit number).

Both of these pieces of information can be found on your Confirmation of Entry, which you receive when you register for the exam.
They can then verify your result by logging in to www.cambridgeenglish.org/verifiers

Paper and pencil tests
Try a paper-based sample Cambridge English: Business Preliminary exam paper.
 Download Business Preliminary sample papers
 Download Business Vocabulary list
 Download sample student worksheet

Computer-based exams
Try a computer-based Cambridge English: Business Preliminary exam.
Go to the computer-based exams page

Information for Candidates.

A guide to the exam, with an overview of what's involved and examples of papers.
 Download Information for Candidates

Guide to exam day tips
Practical information about the session.
 Paper-based exams
 Computer-based exams

Summary Regulations for Candidates
All the important information you need to know when taking the exam.
 Download Summary regulations for candidates

Cheating warning
Cheating is treated very seriously by Cambridge English and if you cheat you will not get a result or a certificate.
 Please view this poster and make sure that you understand what it says.




Language skills for real-life business situations


 Business leaflet
Cambridge English: Business Vantage, is set at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The content in Cambridge English: Business Vantage reflects everyday work and business tasks. Preparing for your exam will give you skills that will make you an asset to your employer.
At this level you would be able to:
  • write short pieces of business correspondence, reports or proposals
  • read extracts from business publications
  • listen to, understand and contribute to discussions in meetings
Improving your employability and career prospects
Proving your business English abilities can open the door to career opportunities with a new employer, or can make your ambitions for promotion or career development within your current organisation a reality.


Clear, reliable evidence of your language ability
Employers value and rely on Cambridge English: Business Vantage because it is a thorough test of all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in a business context.


Fair and valid
Cambridge English carries out detailed research and analysis to ensure all our exams are accurate, relevant and fair to the people that take them. The systems and processes meet the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard.

 Cambridge English: BusinessVantage FAQs

Cambridge English: Business Vantage has 4 parts:
Reading: 1 hour
The Cambridge English: Business Vantage Reading paper has four parts and different types of texts and questions. In part 1, you may be required to read one long text divided into four sections, or four shorter, related texts. There is no time limit for each task; some tasks may take longer than others and you should be aware of how long you need for different tasks. However, it’s worth remembering that some tasks have more items and are, therefore, worth more marks. You are tested on your ability to understand gist, detail and the text structure and to identify main points and specific information. You are also tested on vocabulary, understanding discourse features and the ability to identify errors. The Reading test accounts for 25% of the total mark.
Writing: 45 minutes
The Cambridge English: Business Vantage Writing paper has different types of texts and questions. There are 2 parts. In Part 1, the task requires internal communication (writing to somebody within the same company), which may be a note, message, memo or email. In Part 2, the task may be a business letter, fax or email, or a report or proposal. Part 2 is worth twice as many marks as Part 1. The scores are converted to provide a mark out 10 for Part 1 and a mark out of 20 for Part 2. The Writing paper is worth a total of 30 marks (25% of the total score).
Listening: about 40 minutes (+ 5 minutes transfer time)
The Cambridge English: Business Vantage Listening paper has three parts. For each part you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice. The recordings are scripted. They all deal with business topics and situations. All have one or two speakers. The Listening test accounts for 25% of the total mark.
Speaking: 10-12 minutes per pair of candidates
The Cambridge English: Business Vantage Speaking Test has three parts and you take it together with another candidate. For the Vantage level, you need to be accurate enough in your grammar and choice of words to get your meaning across. In other words, you do not need to be accurate all the time to pass. Also, remember that grammar and vocabulary is only one of the four areas that are assessed in the exam. The others are discourse management, pronunciation and interactive communication. There are two examiners. One of the examiners conducts the test and the other examiner listens to what you say and takes notes. One examiner (the interlocutor) speaks to you, and the other (the assessor) does not take part in the test but listens to you speak and interact with the other candidate. Both examiners give you a mark, but the assessor gives more detailed marks than the interlocutor. The Speaking test accounts for 25% of the total mark.

Choosing your speaking test partner
If you would like to be paired together with a friend/classmate you can request this when you register for the exam. Please note however that research has shown that there are both advantages and disadvantages in taking the test with someone you know and that in the end it doesn’t matter. What is important is that the test judges you on your own performance.

Your results
From January 2015 Cambridge English: Business Vantage results will be reported on the new Cambridge English Scale (replacing the current candidate profile and standardised scores).

 Download a factsheet about the Cambridge English Scale

You will receive a Statement of Results. If your performance ranges between CEFR Levels C1 and B1, you will also receive a certificate.

You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These five scores are averaged to give an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.

'Statement of Results'
Your Statement of Results contains the following information:
  1. Your score on the Cambridge English Scale for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  2. Your score on the Cambridge English Scale for the overall exam
  3. Your grade (A, B, C, Level B1) for the overall exam
  4. Your CEFR level for the overall exam. Depending on which university, college or organisation you are applying to, you may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill.
For Cambridge English: Business Vantage, the following scores will be used to report results:
Cambridge English Scale Score
Grade
CEFR level
  180-190
Grade A
C1
  173-179Grade B
B2
  160-172Grade C
B2
  140-159Level B1
B1




The exam is targeted at Level B2 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above B2 (Level C1) and the level below (Level B1).

Scores between 140 and 159 are also reported for Cambridge English: First. You will not receive a certificate, but your Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on your Statement of Results.

Please click on the image to the left of this text to find out the relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in Cambridge English: Business Vantage.


You can access your results through the
 Cambridge English Results Online website.


Your certificate
If a candidate demonstrates that he/she has achieved level B1 or above of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), one of the following certificates will be awarded:

Cambridge English: Business Vantage - Level C1
If you achieve a scale score of 180–190 (Grade A) in your exam, you will receive the Business English Certificate Vantage at Level C1.
Cambridge English: Business Vantage - Level B2
If you achieve a scale score of 160–179 (Grade B, Grade C) in your exam, you will receive the Business English Certificate Vantage at Level B2.
Level B Certificate
Cambridge English believes it is important to recognise your achievement, even if you do not reach Level B2. If your exam performance is below Level B2, but falls within Level B1, Cambridge English will recognise your achievement with a certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at Level B1.

Results Verification Service
If you want a university, employer or other organisation to verify your result, you must provide them with the information on your Statement of Results and two additional pieces of information:

1.- Your ID Number (a sequence of nine letters and numbers).
2.- Your Secret Number (a four-digit number).

Both of these pieces of information can be found on your Confirmation of Entry, which you receive when you register for the exam.
They can then verify your result by logging in to www.cambridgeenglish.org/verifiers

Paper and pencil tests
Try a paper-based sample Cambridge English: Business Vantage exam paper.
 Download sample papers
 Download Speaking Test Student Worksheet

Computer-based exams
Try a computer-based Cambridge English: Business Vantage exam.
Go to the computer-based exams page

Information for Candidates.
A guide to the exam, with an overview of what's involved and examples of papers.
 Download Information for Candidates

Guide to exam day tips
Practical information about the session.
 Paper-based exams
 Computer-based exams

Summary Regulations for Candidates
All the important information you need to know when taking the exam.
 Download Summary regulations for candidates

Cheating warning
Cheating is treated very seriously by Cambridge English and if you cheat you will not get a result or a certificate.
 Please view this poster and make sure that you understand what it says.




Language skills for real-life business situations


 Business leaflet
Cambridge English: Business Higher, is set at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Cambridge English: Business Higher shows the employers that you have the drive and motivation to achieve an advanced level of business English, and can use your skills to function effectively in most international business situations.
C1 is the level of English required for demanding professional and academic settings and shows employers you can:
  • communicate effectively at managerial and professional level
  • participate with confidence in workplace meetings and presentations
  • express yourself with a high level of fluency
  • react appropriately in different cultural and social situations
If you have not yet entered the job market, it can also be used to show universities and colleges that you can:
  • follow an academic business course at university level
  • carry out complex and challenging research
Improving your employability and career prospects
Proving your business English abilities can open the door to career opportunities with a new employer, or can make your ambitions for promotion or career development within your current organisation a reality.


Clear, reliable evidence of your language ability
Employers value and rely on Cambridge English: Business Higher because it is a thorough test of all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in a business context.


Fair and valid
Cambridge English carries out detailed research and analysis to ensure all our exams are accurate, relevant and fair to the people that take them. The systems and processes meet the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard.

  Cambridge English: BEC Higher FAQs

Cambridge English: Business Higher has 4 parts:
Reading: 1 hour
The Cambridge English: Business Higher Reading paper has six parts with different types of texts and questions. You may have to read one long text or two or more shorter, related texts. You are tested on your ability to understand gist, detail and text structure and to identify main points and specific information. You are also tested on vocabulary, understanding discourse features and the ability to identify errors. The Reading paper is worth 25% of the total score.
Writing: 1 hour, 10 minutes
For the Cambridge English: Business Higher Writing paper you have to show that you can write different types of text in English. There are two parts: one compulsory task (Part 1) and another from a choice of three tasks (Part 2). In Part 1 the task is based on graphic input – graphs, bar charts or pie charts. Part 2 is worth twice as many marks as Part 1. The Writing paper is worth a total of 30 marks (25% of the total score).

Listening: about 40 minutes (+ 5 minutes transfer time)
The Cambridge English: Business Higher Listening paper has three parts. For each part you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice. The recordings are scripted. They all deal with business topics and situations. Nearly all have one or two speakers. The Listening test accounts for 25% of the total mark.
Speaking: 16 minutes per pair of candidates
The Cambridge English: Business Higher Speaking Test has three parts and you take it together with another candidate. There are two examiners. One of the examiners (the interlocutor) conducts the test and the other examiner (the assessor) listens to what you say and takes notes. The Speaking test accounts for 25% of the total mark.

Choosing your Speaking Test partner
If you would like to be paired together with a friend/classmate you can request this when you register for the exam. Please note however that research has shown that there are both advantages and disadvantages in taking the test with someone you know and that in the end it doesn’t matter. What is important is that the test judges you on your own performance.

Your results

From January 2015 Cambridge English: Business Higher results will be reported on the new Cambridge English Scale (replacing the current candidate profile and standardised scores).

 Download a factsheet about the Cambridge English Scale

You will receive a Statement of Results. If your performance ranges between CEFR Levels C2 and B2, you will also receive a certificate.

You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These five scores are averaged to give an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.

'Statement of Results'
Your Statement of Results contains the following information:
  1. Your score on the Cambridge English Scale for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  2. Your score on the Cambridge English Scale for the overall exam
  3. Your grade (A, B, C, Level B2) for the overall exam
  4. Your CEFR level for the overall exam. Depending on which university, college or organisation you are applying to, you may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill.
For Cambridge English: Business Higher, the following scores will be used to report results:
Cambridge English Scale Score
Grade/ CEFR
CEFR level
  200-210
Grade A
C2
  193-199Grade B
C1
  180-192Grade C
C1
  160-179Level B2
B2



The exam is targeted at Level B2 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above B2 (Level C1) and the level below (Level B1).

Scores between 160 and 179 are also reported for Cambridge English: Business Higher. You will not receive a certificate, but your Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on your Statement of Results.

Please click on the image to the left of this text to find out the relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in Cambridge English: Business Higher.


You can access your results through the
 Cambridge English Results Online website.


Your certificate
If a candidate demonstrates that he/she has achieved level B1 or above of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), one of the following certificates will be awarded:

Cambridge English: Business Higher - Level C2
If you achieve a scale score of 200–210 (Grade A) in your exam, you will receive the Business English Certificate Higher at Level C2
Cambridge English: Business Higher - Nivell C1
If you achieve a scale score of 180–199 (Grade B, Grade C) in your exam, you will receive the Business English Certificate Higher at Level C1
Level B2 certificate
Cambridge English believes it is important to recognise your achievement, even if you do not reach Level C1. If your exam performance is below Level C1, but falls within Level B2, Cambridge English will recognise your achievement with a certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at Level B2.

Results Verification Service
If you want a university, employer or other organisation to verify your result, you must provide them with the information on your Statement of Results and two additional pieces of information:

1.- Your ID Number (a sequence of nine letters and numbers).
2.- Your Secret Number (a four-digit number).

Both of these pieces of information can be found on your Confirmation of Entry, which you receive when you register for the exam.
They can then verify your result by logging in to www.cambridgeenglish.org/verifiers

Exámenes en lápiz y papel
Haz una prueba del examen Cambridge English: Business Higher.
 Download the sample papers
 Download the Speaking Test Student Worksheet

Computer-based exams
Try a computer-based Cambridge English: Business Higher exam.
Go to the computer-based exams page

Information for Candidates.

A guide to the exam, with an overview of what's involved and examples of papers.
 Download Information for Candidates

Guide to exam day tips
Practical information about the session.
 Paper-based exams
 Computer-based exams

Summary Regulations for Candidates
All the important information you need to know when taking the exam.
 Download Summary regulations for candidates

Cheating warning
Cheating is treated very seriously by Cambridge English and if you cheat you will not get a result or a certificate.
 Please view this poster and make sure that you understand what it says.


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Step 1  Find an exam date

You can take the Cambridge English exams most months of the year.
Use our online search to find an exam date.

Step 2  Complete the registration form

You can complete the exam registration form online or come to our offices to register for an exam.

Step 3  Make payment

Payment for the exam must be made before the registration deadline.
If you register after the deadline a late fee of 40 Euros will be applied. You can choose to pay for your exam via the following payment methods:

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