Closure of the Cambridge English Examinations Centre, Bern

The current disruption resulting from the Coronavirus has caused enormous personal, professional and economic difficulties for us all. We at the Cambridge English Examinations Centre, Bern have done our utmost to fulfil obligations to candidates and schools during these past weeks and have carried out all written and oral examinations up to and including Saturday, 14 March 2020.

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that the Cambridge English Examinations Centre, Bern is ceasing business with immediate effect and will no longer be able to accept any registrations for future examinations.

Over many years we have valued working together with you, your staff and your students. All our efforts have been focussed on providing professional support and services towards the achievement of a successful outcome for candidates in the examinations. We hope you will agree that we have fulfilled these commitments.

We would like to refer you to our partner Centres for Summer registrations.

We will be sending you information regarding refunds for your fees in a separate email during the next few days.

I am enormously grateful for your personal and business collaboration and wish you and your students the very best for the future.

Anne Gruaz


To all schools and candidates wishing to register for Cambridge exams.

We have received offers of help for our clients from the following centres:

Basel – cambridgeenglish-basel.ch

Geneva – cambridgeenglish-geneva.ch

St. Gallen - cambridgetesting.ch

Valais & Vaud East - cambridgeenglishvalais.ch

Vaud West – Lausanne - cambridgeenglish-vaudwest.ch

We have accepted their offer of help for you and would ask you to contact one of the above centres for any future registrations.


All candidates and schools that have paid Cambridge English Exams Centre Bern for exams scheduled between 15.03.2020 and 31.12.2020 will receive a full refund.

To claim your refund please fill out one of the forms below and return it to help@cambridgeenglish-bern.ch immediately.

It is not possible for us to transfer your fee to another exams centre.

Thank you for your patience while we process the refunds.

AARGAU-REFUND-FORM.pdf

BERN-REFUND-FORM.pdf

LUZERN-REFUND-FORM.pdf

help@cambridgeenglish-bern.ch

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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