BEC Preliminary proves that you can use English in day-to-day business situations.


CEFR level: B1

Scale score: 140 - 159

Format: computer or paper-based

Cost: varies depending on the country and the examination center


Number of parts: 4

Reading (1hour 30 minutes)

7 parts/45 questions

Writing (45 minutes)

2 parts

Listening (40 minutes)

4 parts/30 questions

Speaking (12 minutes per pair of candidates)

3 parts


Who is it for?

This exam is for people who want to prove they can successfully work in an international business environment.


It is valid for life.

It is very useful in a corporate environment.

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