BEC: Business English Certificate

There are three BEC exams:

  • BEC Preliminary
  • BEC Vantage
  • BEC Higher

These are designed to test English language ability used in the context of business.

Relevant for us, at the vocational college for industrial sales managers in Hamburg, are BEC Vantage (=B2) or BEC Higher (=C1), because you already had a fair amount of English at your schools before. In the Fachenglisch lessons you will still improve and hopefully become an expert in Business English.

Unfortunately our exams but also the curriculum differs from what is expected from you in an external certification exam, therefore, in order to pass the exam, you have to work extra - in the extra course, with the book and materials provided, and by yourself.

Both

  • BEC Vantage
  • BEC Higher

consist of four parts: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These again comprise different parts, assessing different abilities. You can look at these parts by clicking on the links on the left-hand side (you need a login to read this, ask your English teacher for assistance).

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