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Practical Business English Exampractical business english exam

What does the Practical Business English Exam test?

At this level, candidates are expected to have an A2+ level of English. The Business English exams are based on a candidate's ability to perform certain practical functions in the workplace. Therefore the Practical Business English exam does not have a specific grammar and structures syllabus as the business context tends to demand set structures. However, the syllabus of the corresponding level (A2+) of the General English examinations gives an overview of the language expected at this level. 


What does the candidate have to do in their Practical 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 office or workplace context, the student can:
  • listen to, understand and record practical factual information given in message form
  • deal with basic social situations, such as making introductions, making requests, asking/giving permission, showing gratitude
  • deal with the basic methods of modern office communication i.e. write an accurate email from information provided; write an appropriate email response to an enquiry