What is it?

The B2 Business Vantage is the second of our 3 Business qualification exams. It helps learners achieve intermediate English language skills preparing them to work effectively with international business sources.

C1 Business English Certificate Vantage (BEC V)

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Why should I do the exam?

Having a B2 Business Vantage level qualification proves to schools and employers that you have developed your business English skills to an effective level and given the needs of normal work tasks are well prepared to work productively with international businesses. A B2 Business Vantage certificate shows that you are able to:

  • comprehend articles published in business journals
  • discuss and express your opinion about business topics
  • compose brief business communications

Format of the exam

Paper Content Marks Purpose
(60 minutes)
5 parts/ 45 questions 25% Demonstrates that you can correctly and confidently understand what is written in published business articles and in a variety of communications.
(45 minutes)
2 parts 25% Creation of 2 types of business items: a proposal, email, report etc.
(about 40 minutes)
3 parts/ 30 questions 25% Calls for you to understanding the meaning from a variety of spoken resources including dialogs, presentations and work discussions.
(14 minutes per pair of candidates)
3 parts 25% Displays your level of English as you participate in conversations and short discussions. Normally your test will be together with one other person.

B2 Business Vantage (BEC V) speaking test

B2 Business Vantage (BEC V) 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: "B2 Business Vantage (BEC V) – 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.
    • 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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