Why should I take a BEC (Business English Certificate) Exam?
It is highly advisable for any student who currently uses the English language in their place of work, or who expects to do so in the future, to prepare and take one of the three levels of Business Exams offered by the Cambridge Exam Board. The exams available (Preliminary, Vantage and Higher) are suitable for anyone with a pre-intermediate to advanced level of English and are carefully designed to encompass all aspects of the English language, focussing specifically on Business terminology. Not only will they provide an internationally recognised qualification to add to your CV, but they will ensure that you become confident using the terminology and expressions most common when working in the English language. As shown in the table below, the BEC exams also require an equivalent level of standard English and so are effectively two qualifications in one!
Which level of exam is appropriate?
Council of Europe Framework Level
Preliminary English Test (PET)
First Certificate in English (FCE)
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
Here at Smyth Scene we offer excellent preparatory classes for all levels of Cambridge exams, whether they are part of the Main Suite, or part of the Business group. In some companies a certificate from our Study Centre is sufficient evidence that a student has reached the level required, without having to take the exam itself.
For those interested in the Main Suite exams, please refer to the tab marked “Students”.