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

 

Cambridge English: Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary)

Cambridge English: Business Preliminary is also known as the Business English Certificate (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 all Business English exams. You do the Reading and 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.

  READING AND WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
Time 1 hr 30 mins 40 mins 12 mins
Marks (% of total) 50% 25% 25%

Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage)

Cambridge English: Business Vantage is also known as the Business English Certificate Vantage (BEC Vantage). It 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: First (FCE) qualification, but is focused on English for business.

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

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 BEC 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.

There are three parts to all Business English exams. You do the Reading and 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.

  READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
Time 1 hr 45 mins 40 mins 14 mins
Marks (% of total) 25% 25% 25% 25%

Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher)

Cambridge English: Business Higher is also known as the Business English Certificate Higher (BEC Higher). It 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: Advanced (CAE), but is focused on English for business.

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

Who should take this exam?

You should take this exam if you want to develop professional English business skills. The BEC 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.

There are three parts to all Business English exams. You do the Reading and 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.

  READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
Time 1 hr 1hr 10 mins 40 mins 16 mins
Marks (% of total) 25% 25% 25% 25%

Sitting for Cambridge English: Business certificates in Spain

Register for Cambridge English: Business Certificates in Spain.

Find out when and where you can sit for the Cambridge Engish: Business Certificates in Spain and the examination fees.

What to expect on exam day.

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

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Business Language Testing Service (BULATS)

The Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) is a quick and reliable tool for assessing language skills in real business situations. 

How to register

BULATS is offered at our Barcelona centre according to demand.

You can take BULATS as an online test at any time or organise a paper based test for larger groups.

If you want to order the online test for your employees or yourself, or organise a BULATS test session, please contact our Barcelona exams team to find out about our prices and conditions.

A range of resources is available on the official BULATS website to help you prepare for the exam.