B1 Business Preliminary BEC P

Business Preliminary

General information

The B1 Business Preliminary Exam (BEC Preliminary) is a Cambridge Business English Certificate (BEC).
This exam is a mark of excellence, opening doors and giving you the skills and confidence to thrive!

With a B1 Business Preliminary qualification (BEC Pre), you show employers that you have achieved an advanced level of Business English, for practical, everyday use in business.

There are three Cambridge English Qualifications for business. Each one is targeted at a different level and B1 Business Preliminary is the first of these exams. The content for each exam is based on everyday work and business tasks and is designed to develop your business English skills.

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level : B1

Cambridge English: Business Certificates leaflet

Exam format

Reading and Writing
(1 hour 30 minutes)
Shows you can read and understand the main points from graphs or charts, messages and emails, and can use vocabulary and structure correctly. You are also required to be able to produce two short pieces of writing: an internal communication, such as a note or a message, and some business correspondence, such as an email or a letter.
(about 40 minutes, including transfer time)
Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials including interviews and discussions about everyday life.
(12 minutes per pair of candidates)
Shows your spoken English as you take part in conversation, asking and answering questions, and talking freely about your opinions, for example, when discussing business-related topics. Your Speaking test will be face-to-face with one or two other candidates. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.


Exam preparation

Test your level through the Flying Teachers Online Placement Test (about 60 minutes)



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03.06.2023 - 03.06.2023
169.00 CHF
169,00 CHF