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Cambridge English: B1 Business Higher (BEC-H)

Cambridge English: B1 Business Higher (BEC-H)

Cambridge English: 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 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), with emphasis on Business English. Candidates are able to use the language in their professional environment in a practiced, focused and competent manner.

Who takes Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC H)?

Cambridge English: Business: Higher (BEC H) is used as the final school-leaving exam in the field of Business or related fields. Cambridge English: 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.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • Take an active part in business meetings, expressing your opinions and arguing your point of view
  • Understand most business reports and correspondence
  • Write detailed business proposals and letters

How Cambridge English is: Business Higher (BEC H) recognized?

Many companies in india recognize Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC H) as a full CEFR C1 qualification. Cambridge English: Business: Higher (BEC H) is also a solid basis to prepare for the next level (Level C2) Cambridge English exam the Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE).

Paper Content Marks(% of total) Purpose
(1 hour)
6 parts 25% Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text.
(1 hour and 10 minutes)
2 parts  25% You need to be able to write a variety of different items such as memos, letters, emails, reports and proposals.
(about 40 minutes, including transfer time)
3 parts 25% You need to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as presentations, interviews and discussions.
(16 minutes per pair of candidates)
3 parts 25% 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.


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 Cambridge English: Business Higher, the following scores will be used to report results:

Grade Score CEFR Level
Grade A 200–210 C2
Grade B 193–199 C1
Grade C 180–192 C1
Level B2 160–179 B2