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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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.

There is a good selection of idioms and figurative language e. Although it does not contain actual past papers, you would be hard pressed to see a significant difference, although hard-nosed BEC aficionados may possibly disagree. For all parts of the reading, highdr are given explanations as to why such and hhigher an answer is correct. In fact, the part 1 practice tests here could be used with IELTS classes, perhaps to provide a bit of variety.

Secondly, the answer key is comprehensive and thorough- not merely giving the correct answers, but explaining why they are so.

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It appears to be mainly geared toward self-study, but there is opportunity for it to be used in some classroom contexts. 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. This is an effective, no-nonsense exam practice book — accurate, authentic and helpful, but with limited classroom use.

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. Alternatively, those teaching short courses may appreciate the no-nonsense approach and pithy advice.


These are fairly standard, but eminently useable. The listening and speaking sections are similarly catered for, with mock-exam papers interspersed at certain points with exercises for developing exam skills. The Speaking section of BEC, also in three parts, comprises an interview, a short presentation and a discussion.

It would also, of course, be possible to flesh out or adapt the exercises. These are kept nice and simple. Secondly, it could provide a useful basis for business one-to-ones. To sum up, this is a good alternative to the official practice test books. These are then subdivided into their parts. The alternative would be to have included these sections after every part of every test making 24 sectionseach building on the last.

This could test powers of diplomacy and persuasion! 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. 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. How might it be used? Neither the texts themselves nor the questions seem appreciably different from those of the real exam going by the examples in the official Cambridge BEC Higher handbook.

This activity could be extended to the whole of the scripts. None involve the audio CD itself, instead referring the reader to transcripts. If it gets repetitive, why not spice it up by getting students to select cards at random, some involving eccentric, dangerous or extremely cynical attitudes or practices to incorporate or espouse in their presentations and discussions?

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.


Listenings are given similar treatment. Firstly, it could provide self-study materials for students themselves, and perhaps accompany a course book such as Market Leader.

All parts are covered. You can just sit back and pretend to read the Financial Times. Finally, candidates listen to a long up to 5 minute dialogue in which two businessmen talk shop.

The only caveat is to avoid making yourself the only one in the room who appears enthused!

As testbuillder the included audio CD itself, those familiar with EFL listening materials are in for no surprises. In fact, in one of the exercises, sections of the transcripts are copied and they have to do just that.

This is a plus feature of the official Cambridge exam books. The support material is good. 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.

Here, 3-way multiple choice questions test for ability to identify ideas and opinions. They do, however, provide concise revision material and as such are useful. Although it is always possible to use materials gestbuilder other purposes, this book is very exam-focused and would not transfer naturally to other contexts.

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Part two brings a series of five short monologues, accompanied by two sets of multiple-matching questions i. It starts with information about the exam itself- useful if you are suddenly plunged into teaching a BEC class at the last minute!

Thirdly, it could be used for periodical mock exams in Business English classes.