Business English Certificate (BEC) Higher Level C1 / Writing

Business English Certificate (BEC) Higher Level C1 / writing

What’s in the Writing paper?

In the two parts of the C1 Business Higher Writing paper, you have to show that you can write different types of text in English.

Summary
Time allowed: 1 hour 10 minutes
Number of parts: 2
Number of questions: Part 1: one compulsory question
Part 2: one question from a choice of three
Marks: 25% of total.

Part 1
What's in Part 1? A guided writing task. You have to write a short report (memo or email) based on some input in the form of graphs, bar charts or pie charts.
What do I have to practise? Analysing graphic information and expressing it in words: describing or comparing figures, making inferences.
How many questions are there? One compulsory question.
How much do I have to write? 120–140 words
How many marks do I get? This question has a total of 10 marks.

Part 2
What's in Part 2? A choice of three questions: a piece of business correspondence (letter, fax or email), a report (memo or email), or a proposal (memo or email). For the question you choose, you have to read some input material which describes a situation and write the specified response.
What do I have to practise? Writing a report (describing, summarising), correspondence (explaining, apologising, reassuring, complaining) or a proposal (describing, summarising, recommending, persuading).
How many questions are there? One question from a choice of three.
How much do I have to write? 200–250 words
How many marks do I get? This question has a total of 20 marks.




C1 Business Higher Writing paper Sample 1