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BEC 2 higher student's book with answers

BEC 2 higher student's book with answers

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This book is for candidates preparing for the Cambridge Business English Certificate Higher examination. It contains four complete tests based on past papers.
The BEC Suite
The Business English Certificates (BEC) are certificated examinations which can be taken on various dates throughout the year at approved Cambridge BEC centres. They are aimed primarily at individual learners who wish to obtain a business-related English language qualification, and provide an ideal focus for courses in Business English. Set in a business context, BEC tests English language, not business knowledge. BEC is available at three levels - Preliminary, Vantage and Higher.
The BEC Suite is linked to the five ALTE/Cambridge levels for language assessment, and to the Council of Europe’s Framework for Modern Languages. It is also aligned with the UK Qualifications and Curriculum Authority’s National Standards for Literacy, within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
BEC Equivalent Main Suite Exam Council of Europe Framework Level UK NQF Level
Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) C2  (ALTE Level 5)
BEC Higher Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Cl  (ALTE Level 4) Level 2*
BEC Vantage First Certificate in English (FCE) B2  (ALTE Level 3) Level 1
BEC Preliminary Preliminary English Test (PET) B1  (ALTE Level 2) Entry 3
Key English Test (KET) A2  (ALTE Level 1)
* This represents the level typically required for employment purposes to signify the successful completion of compulsory secondary education in the UK.
BEC Higher
The BEC Higher examination consists of four papers:
Reading 1 hour
Writing 1 hour 10 minutes
Listening 40 minutes (approximately)
Speaking 16 minutes

Test of Reading

This paper consists of six parts with 52 questions, which take the form of two multiple matching tasks, two multiple choice tasks, a cloze test and an error identification task. Part 1 contains five short texts or a longer text divided into five sections, and Parts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 each contain one longer text. The texts are taken from newspapers, business magazines, business correspondence, books, leaflets, brochures, etc. They are all business-related, and are selected to test a wide range of reading skills and strategies.

Test of Writing

For this paper, candidates are required to produce two pieces of writing. For Part 1, they write a short report based on graphic input. For Part 2, they choose whether to write a short report, a piece of business correspondence or a proposal. Candidates are asked to write 120 to 140 words for Part 1 and 200 to 250 words for Part 2. Assessment is based on achievement of task, range and accuracy of vocabulary and grammatical structures, organisation, content, and appropriacy of register and format.

Test of Listening

This paper consists of three parts with 30 questions, which take the form of a note completion task, a multiple matching task and a multiple choice task. Part 1 contains a monologue in a work-related situation, Part 2 contains five very short monologues, and Part 3 contains one longer conversation between two people. The texts are audio-recordings based on a variety of sources including interviews, face-to-face conversations and documentary features. They are all business-related, and are selected to test a wide range of listening skills and strategies.

Test of Speaking

The Speaking test consists of three parts, which take the form of an interview section, a short talk on a business topic, and a discussion. In the standard test format, candidates are examined in pairs by two examiners, an interlocutor and an assessor. The assessor awards a mark based on the following criteria:

Grammar and Vocabulary, Discourse Management, Pronunciation and Interactive Communication. The interlocutor provides a global mark for the whole test.

Marks and results

The four BEC Higher papers total 120 marks, after weighting. Each paper is weighted to 30 marks. A candidate’s overall grade is based on the total score gained in all four papers. It is not necessary to. achieve a satisfactory level in all four papers in order to pass the examination. Certificates are given to candidates who pass the examination with grade A, B or C. A is the highest. The minimum successful performance in order to acheive a grade C corresponds to about 60% of the total marks. You will also be informed if you do particularly well in any individual paper. D and E are failing grades. Every candidate is provided with a Statement of Results which includes a graphical display of their performance in