Business English Certificates (BEC)

Achieve your ambitions in international business

Cambridge English: Business Higher shows employers that you have the drive and motivation to achieve an advanced level of business English, and can use your skills to function effectively in most international business situations.

Language skills for real-life business situations

Cambridge English: Business Higher is set at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). C1 is the level of English required for demanding professional and academic settings and shows employers you can:

  • communicate effectively at managerial and professional level
  • participate with confidence in workplace meetings and presentations
  • express yourself with a high level of fluency
  • react appropriately in different cultural and social situations.

If you have not yet entered the job market, it can also be used to show universities and colleges that you can:

  • follow an academic business course at university level
  • carry out complex and challenging research.

Improving your employability and career prospects

Proving your business English abilities can open the door to career opportunities with a new employer, or can make your ambitions for promotion or career development within your current organisation a reality.

Clear, reliable evidence of your language ability

Employers value and rely on Cambridge English: Business Higher because it is a thorough test of all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in a business context.

Choice and flexibility

There is a choice of paper-based or computer-based exam formats and you can choose the format that works best for you. Computer-based exams offer shorter registration times and more exam dates throughout the year.

Fair and valid

We carry out detailed research and analysis to ensure all our exams are accurate, relevant and fair to the people that take them.

Our systems and processes meet the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard.