Cambridge English: Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary)
Cambridge English: Business Preliminary is also known as the Business English Certificate Preliminary (BEC Preliminary). It 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 Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET), but is focused on English for business.
Level of qualification: Intermediate = B1 on the Common European Framework.
Who should take this exam?
You should take this exam if you want to improve your English for your business career. Studying for the BEC Preliminary will give you a good foundation in the English skills you will 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.
There are three parts to the Cambridge English: Business Preliminary exam. You do the Reading, Writing and 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.
|Cambridge English: Business Preliminary||Reading and Writing||Listening||Speaking|
|Time allocated||1 hr 30 mins||40 mins||12 mins|
|Marks (% of total)||50%||25%||25%|