Thousands of educational organizations, employers, government agencies, immigration authorities and professional bodies through the world recognize the exams as proof of language ability.
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To ensure our exams are accurate, relevant and fair, Cambridge ESOL carry our detailed research and analysis of their exams and of student performance.
Learning with an International Framework
Each Cambridge ESOL exam is aligned with the common European Framework of Reference for Languages. (CEFR)
The Framework scale ranges from level A1 for basic skills to level C2 for those who have mastered a Language.
Each level of the BEC requires 36 inclass teaching hours that are taken over a period of 6 weeks
• There are 3 different levels of BEC: reflecting the different reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities needed for business.
• BEC Preliminary: Level B1
• BEC Preliminary tests the ability to use English to carry out basic office skills such as being able to read short messages, interpret charts, write a short e-mail, follow short telephone conversations and discussions, and talk about a business related matter.
• BEC Vantage: Level B2
• BEC Vantage tests similar skills to BEC Preliminary, but to a higher standard. Candidates have to show they can write a short piece of business correspondence, a report or proposal, read extracts from business publications, and listen to, understand and contribute to discussions on business topics.
• BEC Higher: Level C1
• BEC Higher tests similar skills at an advanced level. Candidates have to show they can write a longer piece of business correspondence report or proposal, read longer business articles, summarize graphs, and take part in discussions to express opinions on a topic.