The Business English Certificates (BEC) are internationally recognised qualifications that show employers your skills for using English in the workplace.
English is key skill for a successful career. If you are applying for a job or hoping to get a promotion, most employers-especially international employers-will ask you to demonstrate your English language skills. You can do this taking the prestigious Cambridge ESOL Business English Certificates (BEC).
BEC 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.
The BEC is brought to you by Cambridge ESOL ,a department of the University of Cambridge and is the world’s leading provider of international English Language qualifications for all learners of English.
The BEC exams are linked to the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and to the UK Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's National Standards for Literacy, within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
What does the exam involve?
BEC is available at three levels: BEC Preliminary, BEC Vantage and BEC Higher. The levels range from lower intermediate to advanced, so you can choose a BEC test that matches your level of English language skills to your professional needs.
The Business English Certificate (BEC) is an exam which assesses all four language skills, listening,speaking,reading and writing.It uses real-life business situations, so when you prepare to take BEC, you will be learning and practicing the skills that will give you an advantage in today’s’ world of work.
How can BEC benefit you?
- Language skills for the international workplace
BEC exams are especially designed to help you communicate more effectively in an international work environment. They are based on workplace vocabulary, situations and communication requirements. The test material is based on real-life situations.
- Worldwide recognition
BEC is recognized by many employers, large international corporations, government ministries and agencies and also by universities and colleges around the world.
To see the organisations that recognise BEC, click here.
Because BEC exams focus on all four communication skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking – you increase your confidence in using English in everyday situations.
- Cambridge certificate
When you pass a BEC exam, you are awarded a certificate by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations as proof of your qualification. The certificate is valid for life.
- Fairness and relevance
Cambridge ESOL exams are backed by extensive research and each exam is trialled and pretested to make sure it is fair whatever your gender, age, first language, background, culture or nationality.