The C1 Business Higher (BEC H) certifies that candidates are at the same level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level C1) as those taking the C1 Advanced (CAE), with emphasis on Business English. Candidates are able to use the language in their professional environment in a practised, focused and competent manner.
Who takes C1 Business Higher (BEC H)?
In Switzerland, C1 Business Higher (BEC H) is used as the final school-leaving exam after HF programmes (Höhere Fachschule) or (Fachhochschule) in the field of Business or related fields. C1 Business: Higher (BEC H) is also used in the corporate sector by candidates who want to enhance their English skills to CEFR Level C1, with a particular focus on business English.
How is the official C1 Business Higher (BEC H) certificate recognised?
Many companies in Switzerland recognise C1 Business Higher (BEC H) as a full CEFR C1 qualification. C1 Business Higher (BEC H) is also a solid basis to prepare for the next level (Level C2) Cambridge English exam the C2 Proficiency (CPE).
Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. Your Speaking test will be face-to-face with one or two other candidates. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.
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Flexible Test Options
The C1 Business Higher (BEC H) exam can be taken as a standard test (paper-based /PB) or a computer-based (CB) exam. The exam content is exactly the same, it is only the delivery mode (paper-based / computer based) which is different. The exam dates and locations are different for the CB and PB exams.