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B1 Business Preliminary

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The B1 Business Preliminary (BEC P) helps you to get the practical language skills you need to start doing business in English. With this qualification, you show employers that you have a good knowledge of English for practical, everyday use in business.

The content is based on everyday work and business tasks and is designed to develop your business English skills.

A B1 Business Preliminary (BEC P) certificate shows that you can:

  • talk about business subjects
  • understand charts and graphs
  • write a short business email
  • follow short telephone conversations.

Preparation needed?

Are you interested in a proper preparation for the exam? Simply give us a call or fill out the contact form to make a free appointment for a detailed consultation. You can do a full course to increase your language level or just a few hours to prepare for the exam. Together we will find out your right level and can start planning your course immediately!

Dates and Fees

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Here you can book your Cambridge English exam in Vienna. Please note that you will need a valid ID document to complete your booking. You will get all payment details to pay the exam fee (via bank transfer) at the end of this booking process.

B1 Business Preliminary Scores

You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English, giving you a clear understanding of your performance.

The weighting of all four skills and use of English is the same (20%). These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam.

Depending on which university, college or organisation you are applying to, you may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill. For B1 Business Preliminary, the following scores will be used to report results:

Cambridge English Scale ScoreGradeCEFR level
160–170Grade AB2
153–159Grade BB1
140–152Grade CB1
120–139Level A2A2

The exam is targeted at Level B1 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above B1 (Level B2) and the level below (Level A2).

Scores between 120 and 139 are also reported on your Statement of Results, but you will not receive the Business English Certificate Preliminary.

Results and Certificate

Your results will be available online approximately 2-3 weeks after computer-based exams and approximately 4-6 weeks after paper-based exams. About 2-3 weeks later, your certificate will be sent from Cambridge/UK to Vienna – you will be automatically informed once your certificate has arrived and is ready to be picked up at the Institute.

To access your results, you have to register using the ID Number and Secret Number provided on your Confirmation of Entry. After that you can login and check as well as share your results. Online Results Service for Candidates

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Standardised Exams

Cambridge exams are designed to ensure standardised test conditions for people of all linguistic backgrounds and nationalities and are supported by a dedicated global research programme.

The exam covers all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

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Worldwide Recognition

Cambridge English certificates are recognised by Universities and leading employers globally. For example: Deloitte. Ernst and Young, Marks and Spencers, HSBC, Juilliard and Freie Universität Berlin.

The B1 Business Preliminary certificate will also help you succeed in business-related studies and improve your career opportunities.

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