B1 Business Preliminary

B1 Business Preliminary, also known as BEC Preliminary, is a qualification which shows employers that its holders have a good knowledge of English for practical, everyday use in business.

It is the first of Cambridge English: Business Certificates (BEC) suite of exams and is set at CEFR Level B1.

B1 Business Preliminary is made up of three papers (Reading and Writing, Listening, Speaking) developed to test candidates’ English skills. B1 Business Preliminary shows that candidates can talk about business subjects, understand charts and graphs, write a short business email, and follow short telephone conversations. Achieving a certificate at this level proves that candidates are able to communicate with native speakers for routine business and workplace purposes.

B1 Business Preliminary is aimed at learners who want to:

  • Succeed in business-related studies with English language skills they can prove.
  • Improve their career opportunities – get the English language skills they need to be successful.

B1 Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary) is recognized by the private sector. It is also officially recognized in Greece by the state (ASEP/Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection) as a certification of English language competence at various levels depending on the Cambridge English Scale overall score, as follows:

Level of recognition Overall score
B2 160-170
B1 140-159

B1 Business Preliminary is accepted globally by top international companies as well as education institutions and business schools.

Last Update At: 2019/02/19 - 16:16:06

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