BEC

Cambridge English: Business Certificates, also known as Business English Certificates (BEC), help professionals develop the English language skills to communicate confidently in challenging business environment.  Business English Qualifications are recognised by employers, ministries, government bodies and professional organisations throughout the world.

Cambridge English: Business Certificates are developed in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) – the internationally recognized system for describing language ability.

Cambridge English: Business Certificates feature three certificates that provide a progressive way to develop and improve Business English ability, and make it easy to prove to employers the exact level of your English.

1. Cambridge English: Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary) – CEFR Level B1
2. Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage) – CEFR Level B2
3. Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher) – CEFR Level C1

Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary):

With a B1 Business Preliminary qualification, you show employers that you have a good knowledge of English for practical, everyday use in business.

Key facts:

CEFR level:B1 
Test format:Computer or paper-based
No. of papers:3
Exam length:About 2 hours 20 minutes

Cambridge English: Business Preliminary certificate shows that you can:

  • Talk about business subjects
  • Understand charts and graphs
  • Write a short business email
  • Follow short telephone conversations.

Reasons to choose Cambridge English: Business Preliminary:

  • Succeed in business-related studies with English language skills you can prove.
  • Improve your career opportunities – get the English language skills you need to be successful.
  • Accepted globally by top international companies like Procter & Gamble, HSBC and AstraZeneca, as well as education institutions and business schools.

Business Vantage (BEC Vantage):

B2 Business Vantage, formerly known as Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage) is one of Cambridge English Qualifications. It shows employers that you’re ready to do business at an international level.

With a B2 Business Vantage qualification, you show employers that you are ready to work successfully in international business. This exam could help you when applying for new jobs, getting a promotion, or developing your career.

Key facts:

CEFR level:B2 
Test format:Computer or paper-based
No. of papers:4
Exam length:About 2 hours 40 minutes

Cambridge English: Business Vantage certificate shows that you can:

  • Write short business messages and reports
  • Read articles from business publications
  • Listen to, understand and give your opinions in meetings.

Reasons to choose Cambridge English: Business Vantage:

  • Improve your career opportunities – get the English language skills you need to be successful.
  • Succeed in business-related studies with English language skills you can prove.
  • Accepted globally by top international companies like Procter & Gamble, HSBC and AstraZeneca, as well as education institutions and business schools.

Business Higher (BEC Higher):

C1 Business Higher, formerly known as Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher) is one of Cambridge English Qualifications. It helps you to get the practical language skills you need to work effectively at a senior level in international business.

With a C1 Business Higher qualification, you show employers that you have achieved an advanced level of Business English.

Key facts:

CEFR level:C1
Test format:Computer or paper-based
No. of papers:4
Exam length:About 3 hours

 Cambridge English: Business Higher certificate shows that you can:

  • Communicate effectively at managerial and professional level
  • Participate with confidence in workplace meetings and presentations
  • Express yourself with a high level of fluency
  • React appropriately in different cultural and social situations.

Test dates and Location:

BEC exam is offered every month at ICD centres in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.

Download Latest Test dates for BEC certificates  2020 PDF here

Note: Not all exams are conducted at all 3 ICD Centers Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Kindly contact us to re-confirm available open date and venue.

Test Registration:

Book your test online by filling out this form and attach fee receipt by paying through our online payment page.

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Test Results:

Online BEC result can be obtained within 4 weeks.
Student are provided with their final certificate from Cambridge after 6 weeks of the exam date.
BEC results are reported in scale score of 180 to 199 out of total score 220, see Cambridge English Scale for understanding of CAE scores that are aligned according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level. Your score is reported for each component including Reading, Listening, and Writing, Speaking and Use of English and an average score of all components.

Test Preparation:

Face to Face ICD offers face to face preparation classes at its centre in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.

  • Diagnostic exam
  • Face to face Classes (Monday to Friday)
  • Teacher-led sessions
  • Practice tests
  • Personalized score reports
  • Homework assignment
  • Teacher email support

Buy booksBEC Preparatory books for all three levels is available at ICD.

  • Cambridge English: Business Preliminary
  • Cambridge English: Business Vantage
  •  Cambridge English: Business Higher Place your order

 

Latest Updates:

BEC gives you chance to

  • Work abroad
  • Work with international organizations in your own country
  • Study business-related subjects taught in English
  • Use English confidently in international business environments.

Test Day Information:

Candidates must adhere following before Exam:

  • Candidate must reach test centre 20-30 minutes before the starting time.
  • Candidates are required to bring their CNIC card or Passport, or they won’t be allowed to take test.
  • No edible is allowed within test centre.
  • Candidates aren’t allowed to bring cell phone, any electronic devices and bags in the test centre.
  • Stationary and page(s) will be provided by the institute to perform the exam.
  • Any person other than candidate or staff is permitted to enter test centre.