Business Higher Format and Content


Section Time Description # of items
Reading 1 hour Part 1
Either a single text which is divided into sections or five short, related texts and a series of statements. Candidates have to match each statement to the section or text where they can find the information.
8 questions
Part 2
A text with six numbered gaps, each of which represents a missing sentence, followed by some sentences (A–H). Candidates have to read the text and the sentences and decide which sentence best fits each gap.
6 questions
Part 3
A text followed by some multiple-choice questions. These may be either whole questions or incomplete sentences. For each one, there are four options and candidates have to choose A, B, C or D.
6 questions
Part 4
A text with some numbered gaps, each of which represents a missing word. Candidates have to choose the right word for each gap from four options (A, B, C or D).
10 questions
Part 5
A text with some numbered gaps, each of which represents a missing word. Candidates have to identify the right word for each gap.
10 questions
Part 6
A text in which some lines are correct and some lines have an extra, unnecessary word. If the line is correct, candidates write 'CORRECT' on their answer sheet. If the line is not correct, they have to write the extra word down.
12 questions
Writing 1 hour 10 minutes Part 1
A guided writing task. Candidates have to write a short report (memo or email) based on some input in the form of graphs, bar charts or pie charts.
120-140 words
Part 2
A choice of three questions: a piece of business correspondence (letter, fax or email), a report (memo or email), or a proposal (memo or email). For the question candidates choose, they have to read some input material which describes a situation and write the specified response.
200-250 words
Listening about 40 minutes Part 1
A monologue of 2–3 minutes which contains some information. To answer the questions, candidates have to take notes or complete sentences using a word or a short phrase (up to three words).
12 questions
Part 2
Five short monologues linked by theme or topic, by five different speakers, followed by two tasks which relate to the content and purpose of the monologues. Candidates listen to the recordings and they then have to match each speaker to one of the items (A–H) in Task 1 and one of the items (A–H) in Task 2.
10 questions
Part 3
A conversation/interview/discussion between two or more people and some multiple-choice questions. Candidates listen to the recording and then choose the correct answer from three options (A, B or C).
8 questions
Speaking 16 minutes per pair of candidates Part 1
Conversation between the examiner and each candidate. The examiner encourages the candidates to give information about themselves and to express personal opinions.
Part 2
A ‘mini-presentation’ by each candidate on a business theme. The candidates are given prompts which generate a short talk on a business-related topic.
Part 3
A collaborative task which candidates do together. The candidates are presented with a discussion on a business-related topic. The examiner extends the discussion with prompts on related topics.


Last Update At: 2018/02/20 - 11:30:36

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