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Intermediate Business English Exam (B1)Intermediate business english exam


What does the Intermediate Business Exam test?

At this level, candidates are expected to have a level of English equivalent to B1 on the CEFR. As the Business English exams are based on a candidate's ability to perform practical functions in the workplace, this exam does not have a specific grammar and structures syllabus. The business context tends to demand set structures. However, the syllabus of the corresponding level (B1) of the General English examinations gives an overview of the language expected at this level.

What does the candidate have to do in the Intermediate Business English test?

  • gap fill
  • note taking
  • match responses to statements/ questions
  • read emails of different functions
  • write an email using information extracted from a text
  • write an email in response to a given situation

Performance Indicators

In a typical business or work-related environment, the student can:
  • pick out relevant information from a conversation or exchange and accurately record it
  • deal with the common exchanges of a business environment, both functional and social such as making an arrangement, confirming an appointment, making introductions
  • manipulate basic data
  • deal with the basic methods of modern office communication i.e. write a plausible and coherent email; respond to a message