English is a key skill for a successful career. If students apply for a job or hope to get a promotion, most employers-especially international employers will ask to demonstrate the English language skills. Students can improve this by taking the prestigious Cambridge ESOL Business English Certificates (BEC).
BEC is an internationally recognized qualification in English for work. It is trusted by employers and universities in more than 60 countries. It is taken by students and young professionals around the world who want to improve their job prospects or study business courses overseas.
Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is a department of the University of Cambridge and is the world’s leading provider of international English language qualifications for all learners of English.
LEVELS OF BEC
The levels range from lower intermediate to advanced, so you can choose a BEC test that matches your level of English language skills and your professional needs.
BEC PRELIMINARY: At lower intermediate level, for candidates who have limited confidence in their English. It includes tests of reading and writing, listening and speaking.
Candidates will need to read reports, charts and advertisements, as well as to write a short e-mail or memo. They also have to understand short conversations and discussions and give a short presentation in the speaking test.
BEC VANTAGE: At intermediate level and is suitable for candidates who have good confidence and fluency. It includes tests of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
The tasks are more complex than Preliminary level and include reading longer business reports and company documents, writing letters or proposals, listening to short discussions, and contributing to a discussion about a business topic in the speaking part.
BEC HIGHER: It’s an advanced level certificate, for candidates who can use English very confidently in all professional and social situations. There are separate assessments in reading, writing, listening and speaking.