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Cambridge English Qualifications for Business

The Cambridge English Qualifications for Business is a suite of three exams designed to test English language ability used in the context of international business, workplace or for career advancement.

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Exam Components

The Cambridge English Qualifications for Business can be taken at three different levels, and candidates are assessed in four key areas at each level – listening, speaking, reading and writing. The tasks and questions are based on real-life business situations.

B1 Business Preliminary

2 hours 22 minutes

Paper 1 Reading and Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 2 Listening: 40 minutes

Paper 3 Speaking: 12 minutes

This level tests candidates on their ability to use English to read short messages, interpret charts, respond to emails, make short telephone conversations and talk about business-related matters.

B2 Business Vantage

2 hours 39 minutes

Paper 1 Reading: 1 hour

Paper 2 Writing: 45 minutes

Paper 3 Listening: 40 minutes

Paper 4 Speaking: 14 minutes

This level tests similar skills to B1 Business Preliminary but to a higher standard. Candidates are required to show they can write business related correspondence, reports and proposals, read business publications and participate in discussions and meetings.

C1 Business Higher

3 hours 6 minutes

Paper 1 Reading: 1 hour
Paper 2 Writing: 1 hour 10 minutes
Paper 3 Listening: 40 minutes
Paper 4 Speaking: 16 minutes

This level tests similar skills at an advanced level. Candidates are required to show they can communicate effectively at managerial and professional levels with a high level of fluency and present and participate with confidence in business meetings and social situations.

Registration Closing Date

15 September 2020
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