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.
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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
Reading (60 minutes)
5 parts/ 45 questions
Demonstrates that you can correctly and confidently understand what is written in published business articles and in a variety of communications.
Writing (45 minutes)
Creation of 2 types of business items: a proposal, email, report etc.
Listening (about 40 minutes)
3 parts/ 30 questions
Calls for you to understanding the meaning from a variety of spoken resources including dialogs, presentations and work discussions.
Speaking (14 minutes per pair of candidates)
Displays your level of English as you participate in conversations and short discussions. Normally your test will be together with one other person.
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"
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?
All Candidates benefit from the highest level of service regardless of which option is chosen at registration.
Paper based and Computer based testing
Unlimited spaces for paper based exams
Changes after registration until registration deadline without surcharge (includes cancellation)
Late registration possible – candidate must contact this exam centre
Choice of speaking test partner now possible
Candidates and Schools have simultaneous access to results online
Certificates are despatched by registered post
Standard Exam plus Retake Option
Candidates who choose this option upon registration will benefit from all the advantages of the standard exam PLUS the Retake Option. (subject to this exam centre's Conditions and Regulations for Entry)
Candidates who fail to achieve the lowest passing score in their exam level by 1, 2 or 3 points are entitled to retake the same exam again.
The retake exam must be taken within 6 months of the original written exam date
The retake exam will be free of charge
Choosing Speaking Partners
Partners must register for the same exam level, region, written and speaking test dates.
The first person to register cannot select a partner but will receive a reference code upon registration
The second person to register should enter this code during the online registration process
School block entry registrations
Before registering your students contact the exam centre for instructions.
I , ask that these candidates be admitted to this examination. I undertake on their behalf to ensure that these candidates are made aware of and comply with the regulations and the arrangements made by the Centre Exams Manager as stated in the Important Links section below.
In the case of minors I have obtained the necessary permission from a parent or guardian to take a test day photo if required.
I have notified the Centre Exams Manager of any candidates with special needs.
I have informed the candidates of the exam dates as identified on the Examination Calendar.
I have informed the candidates that they must bring a valid ID/Passport to the examination. I understand that if candidates do not show a valid ID/Passport at the examination, they will not be allowed to sit the examination.
I understand that registrations are only valid once proof of full payment together with a copy of the registered candidate list has been received by the exam centre.