C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher)

The C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher)

Level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

With a C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher) qualification, you can show employers that you have acquired excellent language skills which enable you to work at different managerial levels in an international business setting.

Not only can a C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher) qualification boost your career in international business, it is also accepted by universities and advanced training institutes around the world.

The Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher) certificate shows that you can:

  • communicate effectively at a 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

Worldwide recognition

The C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher) is accepted by thousands of employers and governments, professional bodies and universities globally.

The Exam Format

Cambridge exams are designed to ensure standardised test conditions for people of all linguistic backgrounds and nationalities and are supported by a dedicated global research programme.

The exam covers all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking).

Duration: 1 hour

Target: Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as business publications and correspondence.

Check your answers (see PDF) as you do the test – once the test has finished you will not be able to check them anymore.

Sample Test - Answer Key

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Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Target: You need to be able to write a variety of different text types such as memos, letters, emails, reports and proposals.

Sample Test Writing Checklist 

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There is no answer key for the Writing Paper, but you should take a look at the Writing Checklist.

Duration: 40 minutes

Target: Requires you to be able to follow and understand a wide range of spoken materials, such as presentations, interviews and discussions.

Check your answers (see PDF) as you do the test – once the test has finished you will not be able to check them anymore.

Sample Test - Answer Key

You may need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample tests. 

Duration: 14 minutes

Target: Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.

Ready for Exam-Assessment

Would you like to clarify whether or not you already are at the right level to take the C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher) exam? Ask us for our Ready for Exam-Assessment (free of charge) and a personal consultation!

The exams at The Cambridge Institute are computer-based, which means that you can take the Reading, Writing and Listening conveniently on the computer.

To be fully prepared on the exam day, please be so kind as to familiarise yourself with the following video tutorial as well as the computer-based sample tests:

Video Tutorial

Exams

Title Date (Written + Oral) Registration Deadline Price Actions Results release window
BEC higher CB Thu 19.03.2020 Thu 20.02.2020 €259,00 Inquiry 02.04.2020 to 08.04.2020
BEC higher CB Fri 19.06.2020 Wed 20.05.2020 €259,00 Inquiry 03.07.2020 to 09.07.2020
BEC higher CB Thu 10.12.2020 Thu 12.11.2020 €259,00 Inquiry 24.12.2020 to 07.01.2021
BEC higher CB Fri 18.06.2021 Fri 21.05.2021 €259,00 Inquiry