Bec Higher Testbuilder Scan – Ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or read book online. Bec Higher. The “BEC Higher Testbuilder” comprises the book itself, including all answer keys and listening transcripts, plus an audio CD. This is an effective, no- nonsense. BEC Higher Testbuilder is designed to improve exam performance and increase language competence for success in the Cambridge Business English.

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Listenings are given similar treatment. As you can see, all question types are standardised and predictable like FCE etc, but unlike IELTSso it is quite easy to find specific examples for exam practice.

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On the one hand, the recordings are true enough to the exam, and this approach makes for clarity; on the other, both students and teachers may be irritated by the neatly-scripted, cleanly-delivered speeches.

These are interesting enough for the casual teacher, and it is quite possible to read both texts and questions satisfactorily on the train to work, if your tight schedule forbids a more through perusal! These are fairly standard, but eminently useable. My advice is to act like a weather man, prodding enthusiastically at example charts drawn on the board by students, eliciting descriptions from others.

Neither the texts themselves restbuilder the questions seem appreciably different from those of the real exam going by the examples in the official Cambridge BEC Higher handbook. There then follows a few questions and a sample answer. Certainly, neither the narrator nor the bright and breezy actors loose marks for clarity of expression, testbuilded with the variety of accents on show.

But, as in most EFL recordings, the speech seems artificial, with exaggerated stress on content words and a lack of hesitation, inhibition and changing-mind-mid-sentence, which are all common features of real speech affecting vocabulary and grammar.


It is a two-pager, focusing on that particular part of the reading test in some detail and posing questions aimed at developing awareness and instilling habits of analysis. A fourth possibility is that it might be used for intensive short courses, to plough quickly through exam material and show students what to expect. BEC Listening is divided into three parts. Secondly, the answer key is comprehensive and thorough- not merely giving the correct answers, but explaining why they are so.

The role of the teacher might be superfluous here, though, since the students can check their own answers in the back of the book and even see the why the correct answer was so. They do, however, provide concise revision material and as such are useful. Obviously, the main readers of this book would be either students considering taking the exam, or their teachers.

Overall this is a very serviceable book, with a no-nonsense approach. It starts with information about the exam itself- useful if you are suddenly plunged into teaching a BEC class at the last minute! Students are asked to classify these, plus their attendant adverbs, arranging the latter in terms of degree or speed of change.

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In any case, in addition to being cheaper, it has the plus feature of the detailed exam guidance, useful additional exercises and a very thorough answer key despite a few shortcomings, such as the lack of detailed comment on the writing samples. Finally, candidates listen to a long up to 5 minute dialogue in which two businessmen talk shop. These are then subdivided into their parts. The reading section, for instance, has six parts, either having double page spreads parts or a single pages parts 5 and 6 so no page-flapping required!

To sum up, this is a good alternative to the official practice test books. In fact, in one of the exercises, sections of the transcripts are copied and they have to do just that. It would also, of course, be possible to flesh out or adapt the exercises.


In fact, the part 1 practice tests here could be used with IELTS classes, perhaps to provide a bit of variety. This could test powers of diplomacy and persuasion! This could be useful stuff, but only as revision or support for more detailed study.

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Perhaps the tsstbuilder felt this would be repetitive or unnecessary- but then there would of course be no obligation to read them all. Secondly, it could provide a useful basis for business one-to-ones. The Speaking section of BEC, also in three parts, comprises an interview, a short presentation and a discussion. Thirdly, it could be used for periodical mock exams in Business English classes.

You can just sit back and pretend to read the Financial Times. Then follows the tests themselves, of which there are a total of four, each comprising sections of each of the four skills- in this case, reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The listening and speaking sections are similarly catered for, with mock-exam papers interspersed at certain points with exercises for developing exam skills. All parts are covered. As for the included audio CD itself, those familiar with EFL listening materials are in for no surprises.

The alternative would be to have included these sections after every part of every test making 24 sectionseach building on the last. Firstly, there is a single monologue a speech or presentation with sentence completion tasks which involves listening for specific information.

None involve the audio CD itself, instead referring the reader to transcripts.