B2 Business Vantage (BEC V) is an upper-intermediate level of English. Elevate your business English proficiency.
B2 Business Vantage (BEC V) is a business-related Cambridge English language examination designed for individual learners aspiring to attain a Level B2 qualification, as per the Europe's Common European Framework for languages (CEFR). This internationally recognised business qualification demonstrates a candidate's aptitude for English in a professional context.
In today's global business and commerce landscape, a strong command of English is paramount. B2 Business Vantage (BEC V) is a choice examination for professionals seeking a business-related English qualification. It's especially popular among employers who recognisze the value of this credential.
In Switzerland, B2 Business Vantage (BEC V) serves as the final school-leaving exam for graduates of HF programs (Höhere Fachschulen) in Business and related fields. Additionally, candidates in the corporate sector use B2 Business Vantage (BEC V) to enhance their English skills to CEFR B2 level, with a specific focus on business English.
B2 Business Vantage (BEC V) carries significant weight in Switzerland, where many companies acknowledge it as a full B2 qualification. Beyond its immediate benefits, B2 Business Vantage (BEC V) provides a solid foundation for those aspiring to tackle higher-level Cambridge English exams, such as C1 Business Higher (BEC H) or C1 Advanced (CAE).
Elevate your business English proficiency with B2 Business Vantage (BEC V) and position yourself for success in the global business arena.
Important update: Changes to Business English Certification in Switzerland from 2024
The Cambridge Business English (BEC) exams will be discontinued by Cambridge globally. In Switzerland, the last BEC exams will take place in June 2024. But don’t worry, we have the next generation BEC: new Linguaskill Business launching in 2024.
Find out more about Linguaskill Business Certified here.
You can take your Cambridge exam in two ways: on a computer or on paper.
|Paper||Content||Marks (%of total)||Purpose|
|Reading (1 hour)||5 parts||25%||Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as business publications and correspondence.|
|Writing (45 minutes)||2 parts||25%||Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, proposals and emails.|
|Listening (about 40 minutes, including transfer time)||3 parts||25%||Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, discussions and presentations.|
|Speaking (14 minutes per pair of candidates)||3 parts||25%||Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.|
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