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BEC in Ankara – Taking a Business English Certification?

BEC is an entry level business English course aimed at introducing people to English in the workplace. It comes in a few levels, from BEC Preliminary to BEC Vantage. It aims to deliver mid-level skills for people using work vocabulary. It also aims to introduce the cultural use of language in both formal and informal situations. For these reasons it is even more important to get some expert help with your preparation. If you are planning on taking or re-taking the BEC in Ankara, we would love to help you. Business English is one of our strongest focus areas. Whichever certificate you are studying for, we can help. We have decades of business experience as business owners, managers, and investors. We have been successful in many different types of business. We are active in the business community in Ankara and other Turkish cities, as well as maintaining strong connections in the UK, the USA and Europe. For business English training in Ankara, there is nobody more experienced than us.

Is BEC the right test for you?

There is no clear standard for business English certification. There are too many widely different potential situations where it can be used. Also, the market for businesses and organizations requiring a business English certificate is much smaller than the academic marketplace. It is still a useful thing to have, and BEC provides a good accredited level that will be useful in most situations. We are happy to answer questions about preparing for your BEC in Ankara, and to offer advice.

Is it good value for money?

The BEC is delivered by Cambridge English Assessment, which also delivers IELTS and other popular tests. This gives it access to over 1,000 test centers in over 160 countries. It is offered as a computer-delivered test by appointment, or as a paper-based test. Cambridge English exams are recognised by over 25,000 universities, employers and governments around the world. This means BEC is trusted and has great value in workplaces where English is the working language.

What is it?Business English Certificate, officiated by Cambridge English Assessment Tests Services.
What is it used for?Applying to academic institutions for placement purposes, or for proof of English ability for career purposes.
What is in the exam?SectionFormatTypesTime

(5 Parts)
45 QuestionsShows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as business publications and correspondence.60 Minutes

(2 Parts)
2 QuestionsRequires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, proposals and emails.45 Minutes

(3 Parts)

(3 Parts)
30 QuestionsRequires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, discussions and presentations.40 Minutes

(3 Parts)
3 short conversationsTests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations.

You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.
14 Minutes per pair of candidates
Total Exam Time2 Hour 30 Minutes

How is the test scored?There are four sections in the Official BEC Score Report:

Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. You will receive points for each section, but reported as a number between 0 and 100, which is converted from the total number of marks available in the exam. It is converted to a standardised score so that the score you need for each grade is the same every time the exam is taken. Your score will not be shown on your certificate, but you will be able to see whether you were in the top, middle or lower grouping.
BEC Score Level DescriptionCEFR Level
Cambridge English: Business Vantage – Level C1 / Grade AExceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond CEFR B2 level. If you have achieved a grade A in your exam, you will receive the Business English Certificate Vantage stating that you demonstrated ability at CEFR Level C1.C2 / C1
Cambridge English: Business Vantage – Level B2 / Grade B or CIf you have achieved grade B or C in your exam, you will be awarded the Business English Certificate Vantage at CEFR Level B2.B2
CEFR Level B1 CertificateIf your performance is below CEFR B2 level, but falls within CEFR Level B1, you will receive a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at CEFR B1 level. On the back of your certificate you will find additional information about your exam and Can Do statements for CEFR Levels C1, B2 and B1.B1
What is a good BEC score?A good score is whatever the University or employer asks for. It doesn’t matter what other people score, it’s all about you against the test.

The BEC Vantage test is designed to provide an objective test of your ability across analysis of complex English skills, to meet the level of English required on your academic course or work environment.
Excellent ScoresGrade AGet a grade A and you have scored 180+ points on the Cambridge English Scale, which would indicate a similar score to a 7.0 on IELTS. You are at approximately the same level as a native English speaker. With a score in this range, any institution or organisation asking you to provide a BEC score will be satisfied.
Good ScoresGrade BMost of our students are aiming for a score of Grade B or higher, equivalent to around 170+ points on the Cambridge English Scale, or roughly a 6.0 on IELTS. It is a solid result demonstrating good all round ability, and accepted by many institutions and employers.
Basic Acceptable ScoresGrade CEquivalent tp Cambridge English Scale 160, or around 5.5 on IELTS. If your aim is not academic excellence, but more about getting to a particular country, then a score in this range should enable you to progress your career.
Low ScoresAnything less than Grade C.This means your English probably is not good enough for most working environments. It may be worth studying more and taking the test again to improve your score.

What are the BEC alternatives?If the employer wants you to pass an exam, there are internationally accepted alternatives in BULATS and iTEP, and many nationally accepted alternatives. You may also be asked to take a test specific to that institution or organisation.

We are happy to help you understand and choose the best exam and course for you.

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