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 WHAT IS THE 'BUSINESS ENGLISH CERTIFICATE'?

Cambridge English: Business Certificates, 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.

There are three levels that consist of oral, written, reading and listening tests.

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SHOULD I TAKE BEC?

-BEC 1 PRELIMINARY –It is the basi level. It is designed to pave the way towards BEC 2.

-BEC 2 VANTAGE -For students of intermediate level. BEC 2 is the pathway to BEC 3.

-BEC3- HIGHER Suitable for advanced students.

All three levels are aceptable for those students with experience or are interested in working in business environments, including marketing, production, financial services, and office work in general.

WHAT CONTENTS ARE ASSESSED IN B.E.C?

For the three levels you can expect to be tested on business vocabulary, both in the texts and the other tasks presented in the exam.

Topics included in BEC cover introductions, the office, the business environment, free time, relationships with peers and clients, traveling, meetings, using the telephone, health and safety, company structure, processes, systems, products and services, achievements and results, etc.

MARKING AND RESULTS INFORMATION

There are two types of results, one for Reading, writing and listening, and the other for the speaking.

WHAT KINDS OF QUESTIONS DOES BEC INCLUDE?

Reading and comprehension
- Questions on short messages, announcements, articles, reports, etc..
- Connection between the description of a graphic or table with relevant vocabulary.
- Vocabulary exercises for both comprehension and grammar.
- Error correction exercises.

Writing
- Writing short messages.
- Writing letters or reports.

Listening
- Completing messages using the information heard.
- Connection between short extracts with its general description.
- Comprehension questions about conversations, interviews or presentations.

Speaking
- Conversation with the examiner about work or general topics.
- Exchange of information with another candidate on issues related to the job.
- Discussion of general topics related to work.

 

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