What is it?

The C1 Business Higher is the third and highest level of our 3 Business qualification exams. It helps learners attain advanced English language skills preparing them to successfully work with international businesses at a top level.

C1 Business English Certificate Higher (BEC H)

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Why should I do the exam?

Having a C1 Business Higher level qualification proves to schools and employers that you have developed your business English to a high level and that you are well prepared to work successfully with international businesses. A C1 Business Higher certificate confirms that you are able to:

  • converse successfully at decision making and expert levels
  • take part with confidence in business discussions and seminars
  • efficiently create all manner of workplace communications

Format of the exam

Paper Content Marks Purpose
Reading
(60 minutes)
6 parts/ 52 questions 25% Demonstrates that you can correctly and confidently comprehend business publications and a large range of workplace communications.
Writing
(45 minutes)
2 parts 25% You will need to compose all manner of business items such as proposals, reports etc.
Listening
(40 minutes)
3 parts/ 30 questions 25% Calls for you to understand discussions from a large variety of spoken sources including dialogues, presentations etc.
Speaking
(14 minutes per pair of candidates)
3 parts 25% Displays your English as you participate in a mini-presentation and short exchanges with the interlocutor and another candidate.

C1 Business Higher (BEC H) speaking test

C1 Business Higher (BEC H) speaking test

Good to know

  • I'm better at speaking than writing. Do I have to pass each paper of the exam in order to pass the whole exam?
    • No. Your final grade is an overall mark determined by averaging together the scores from each of your papers.
  • Can I take one part of the exam now and do another part later?
    • No. Cambridge Assessment English requires you to take all parts of the exam during the same exam session.
  • How do I know if the exam is on paper or on a computer?
    • Our exams are normally offered as paper-based exams. If the exam is a computer-based exam, under the exam date listed on the Dates & Registration page it would appear as: "C1 Business Higher (BEC H) – Computer Based"
  • What must I bring to my exam?
    • Some kind of valid governmental photo identification such as a passport or identity card - check the expiration date.
    • For candidates aged 17 or under on the exam days who do not own a valid ID or cannot get an emergency passport, please complete this form and send it to the office at the latest two weeks before the exam.
    • For candidates aged 17 or under on the exam days who do not own a valid ID or cannot get an emergency passport, please complete this form and send it to the office at the latest two weeks before the exam.
    • you will need a pencil to complete the exam papers - if a pen is required it will be provided.
    • a bottle of still water is allowed.
  • What if the expiration date on my identification is expired?

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