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Cambridge exam B2 First (FCE) is an upper-intermediate level qualification that is officially recognised by thousands of universities, employers and governments globally. Preparing for this exam will give you the practical English skills to work in an English-speaking environment and to live independently in an English-speaking country. The FCE exam format covers all four language skills: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speaking.y. The Speaking test is conducted face-to-face and you will be tested with one or two other candidates and two examiners.
Cambridge exam C1 Advanced (CAE) is a qualification at an advanced level for people who require English for professional or study purposes. It is recognised by most universities in Britain and other English-speaking countries as fulfilling English Language entrance requirements. The CAE exam format covers all four language skills with an emphasis on real-world tasks. The exam has four components.
- Reading and Use of English: Candidates are assessed on their ability to read and understand texts taken from various sources. They should demonstrate reading skills including skimming, scanning, deduction of meaning from context and selection of relevant information to complete the given task. Use of English: Tasks such as gap filling, proof-reading, text completion and text expansion.
- Writing: Candidates are expected to complete non-specialist writing tasks in response to the stimuli provided.
- Listening: test of comprehending a monologue, a dialogue and a conversational extract taken from an announcement, a speech and a radio broadcast.
- Speaking: test of a range of speaking skills: interactional, social, transactional, negotiation and collaboration.
Cambridge exam C2 Proficiency (CPE) is the highest level of Cambridge Qualifications. It shows that you have the fluency and confidence to function at the highest levels of professional and academic life. Preparing for this exam will give you the practical English skills to study demanding subjects at the highest levels including postgraduate and PhD programmes, to actively engage in academic life by participating confidently in tutorials and seminars, to lead on complex and challenging research projects, and to negotiate and persuade effectively at senior management level in international business settings. The CPE exam format covers all four language skills: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speakingy. The Speaking test is conducted face-to-face and you will be tested with one or two other candidates and two examiners.
The Cambridge exam B1 Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary) tests business English language skills at an intermediate level.
- Reading: The reading test consists of a range of business-related texts and accompanying tasks that test comprehension.
- Writing: This test consists of two business-related writing tasks in response to stimuli provided.
- Listening: Tests comprehension of recorded monologues that include presentations, lectures, announcements and briefings and dialogues including telephone conversations, interviews and discussions.
- Speaking: The test is conducted with two candidates and two examiners. The interview involves short exchanges with an examiner, a mini-presentation by each candidate and a collaborative task that candidates do together.
The Cambridge exam B2 Business Vantage (BEC Vantage) is a practical examination that focuses on English in business-related situations. The emphasis is on testing reading, writing, listening and speaking language skills for work.
- Reading: This exam paper tests for comprehension of articles, e-mails, letters and reports.
- Writing: This test consists of tasks like writing an e-mail, a note, a formal letter and a report (all with word limits)
- Listening: Tests comprehension of recorded monologues that include information from a telephone conversation, a message, a monologue, a longer conversation, discussion and presentation.
- Speaking: The speaking test includes a conversation giving personal information, giving a short talk, and discussing a scenario.
The Cambridge exam C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher) is made up of four test papers.
- Reading: There are six reading tasks that test skills such as reading for gist, global meaning and detail, and knowledge of vocabulary, structure and discourse features.
- Writing: There are two writing tasks. The first tests your ability to write concisely, describing or comparing graphic information. The second, longer task tests your ability to summarise, recommend, persuade, evaluate or explain.
- Listening: There are three listening tasks that test your ability to understand monologues and dialogues by making notes of specific information; identifying topic, function, opinion, etc.; and interpreting arguments and opinions.
- Speaking: The speaking test includes a conversation, a mini-presentation and a discussion with an examiner and another candidate.