BEC and OIBEC: Business English Certificates


What is BEC?
BEC is abbreviation for Business English Certificate. It states you ability to communicate effectively in business sphere: at meeting, discussion and so on.

Why to pass BEC?
If you get success in this test, you’ll get a Certificate of the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

Structure of BEC
There are 3 levels: BEC Preliminary, BEC Vantage and BEC Higher. All levels consist of 4 parts: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing.

Writing takes 1 hour and has 5-6 tasks. Reading – 45 to 70 minutes with 2 tasks. Listening – 40 minutes with 3 tasks. Speaking – 16 minutes. Each candidate should answer 3 questions, make mini-presentation and work in couple with another candidate during this last part of the test.

BEC Preliminary you can either pass with merit or fail. Two others if results are successful give you A, B or C. Every part of the test evaluated according to Exceptional – Good – Borderline – Weak scheme and each candidate get it.


What is OIBEC?

It's the abbreviation of Oxford International Business English Certificate.

Why to pass OIBEC?
This test is widely regarded. It evaluates knowledge of Business English.

Structure of OIBEC
There are 2 levels:
First Level (equals approximately to Intermediate)
Executive Level (equals to Advanced). This level is enough for British Universities if a student apply for Business Specialty.
The test consists of 3 parts and checks on writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. The test offers usual variety of case studies. Candidates of Executive level get their case studies in 3 days ahead, candidates for First level – only 20 minutes before the start. Case studies are taken from business life: answer a letter, comment financial documents, write a recommendation letter and so on.

Results acknowledged in 10 weeks after the test. You can try to pass this test as many times as you like.

Cost of the test: $ 55