Cambridge Business English Exams

Cambridge English Business Qualifications are designed to assist professionals acquire the English language abilities they need to communicate fluently in an international workplace. These business qualifications prove to employers that you have the English language skills to succeed.

B1 Business Preliminary

B1 Business Preliminary is an Intermediate level business exam and suitable for people who are preparing for a career in business.

B1 Business Preliminary

B2 Business Vantage

B2 Business Vantage is a Higher Intermediate level business exam and suitable for people who are either preparing for a career in business or those who are already working in a lower-middle management or middle-senior clerical position.

B2 Business Vantage

C1 Business Higher

C1 Business Higher is an Advanced level business exam and suitable for people preparing a career in business or those already working in middle-senior management positions.

C1 Business Higher

What is Business English?

The Business English Certificates are designed for the purpose of international business and trade.
There are three different levels of Business English:
  • B1 Business Preliminary
  • B2 Business Vantage
  • C1 Business Higher
They are aligned with Levels B1 to C1 of the CEFR an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability.
The Business English exams are suitable for adults (aged 16 and over).

What is the format of the exam?

 
B1 Business Preliminary
B2 Business Vantage
C1 Business Higher
Reading
1 hr 30 min
1 hr
1 hr
Writing
1 hr 30 min
45 min
1 hr 10 min
Listening
40 min approx
40 min approx
40 min approx
Speaking
12 min approx
14 min approx
16 min approx
 

Results

  • Each component of the exam carries 25% of the total marks.

    • Candidates can access their results on Candidate Result website.
    • For paper-based exams, these will be available after 4 to 6 weeks.
    • For computer-based exams, they will be available after 2 to 3 weeks.
    • Results are reported using Cambridge Assessment English Scale.
    • You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
    • These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam.
 Dist.MeritPass
B1 Business Preliminary160 -170152 – 159140 – 152
B2 Business Vantage180 – 190173 – 179160 – 172
C1 Business Higher200 – 210193 – 199180 – 192

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