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C1 Business (BEC) Higher


C1 Business Higher, also known as BEC Higher, is a qualification which shows employers that its holders have achieved an advanced level of Business English. It helps its holders get the practical language skills they need to work effectively at a senior level in international business.

It is the third of Cambridge English: Business Certificates (BEC) suite of exams and is set at CEFR Level C1.

C1 Business Higher is made up of four papers (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking) developed to test candidates’ English skills. Having C1 Business Higher qualification shows that candidates can communicate effectively at managerial and professional level, participate with confidence in workplace meetings and presentations, express themselves with a high level of fluency, and react appropriately in different cultural and social situations. Achieving a certificate at this level proves that candidates have reached a very advanced level of English.

C1 Business Higher 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.

C1 Business Higher is accepted globally by top international companies as well as education institutions and business schools.




# of items


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



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



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



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-presentationby 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.


Register online for your exams through ORFEAS, our online registration system. Find an examination center close to home from a choice of 100 locations throughout Greece and abroad, and complete your application online with your debit, pre-paid or credit card.

You will receive all the details for your upcoming exam via email in a single document that you can save, print and take with you on the day of your test. You will also be sent updates on the status of your application and useful support materials. Expect invitations to webinars for tips and strategies that will help you prepare effectively for the exam.

The ORFEAS registration system does away with print application forms and visits to the bank. Start and complete your registration online in a few simple steps. Use your home computer, tablet or smartphone to apply for your exam.

C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher) 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





C1 Business Higher is accepted globally by top international companies as well as education institutions and business schools.                                 

How can I apply?

Use this link to enter the ORFEAS online registration system. From there, follow the steps as suggested. Choose your exam, date and venue and then provide your personal details. In the last step you will be asked to pay with your card of choice. All the information you will need for the day of the exam will arrive in your inbox via email and SMS.

What if I have a question about the procedure?

If you have any questions about the procedure, even as you complete the steps in the process, contact us on 2103680000 for assistance. We have staff available from 9 am - 5 pm on weekdays to help you complete the registration process and answer your questions.

Can I see the status of my registration after I have applied?

Once you complete your registration you will be sent updates on the status of your application. For example, any changes to the date of the examination, if these occur, will be communicated to you via email, SMS or telephone by our support team.

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