Business English Certificate (BEC)

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What are the Business English Certificates (BEC)?

BEC are designed to show employers your skills for using English in the workplace. BEC is an internationally recognized suite of three tests, Preliminary, Vantage and Higher, which are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

  • Preliminary (Level B1)
  • Vantage (Level B2)
  • Higher (Level C1)

How can BEC help my career?

These exams are officially recognised around the world by more than a thousand educational organisations, employers, ministries, government bodies and professional organisations as evidence of your skills in business English.

Leading international companies such as Sony Ericsson, Shell, Vodafone, Bayer, Coca-Cola and HSBC all recognise BEC.

Why take BEC with the British Council?

A million people take exams with the British Council every year. In Spain, we have many years’ experience working with the Business English Certificates and other Cambridge exams. We provide pre-exam support and a professional and efficient service to make your exam day run as smoothly as possible.

What’s in the exam?

The BEC exams evaluate your ability to communicate in English in a business context and tests the four language skills:

  • reading,
  • writing,
  • listening,
  • speaking.

Find out more about the exam and how to prepare for it.

How to Register

Registering is quick and easy. Register for your Business English Certificate exam.

Useful Links

BEC – official Cambridge exam site.