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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Then follows the tests themselves, of which there are a total of four, bfc 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. 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.

This could be useful stuff, but only as revision or support for more detailed study. There is a good selection of idioms and figurative language e. Thirdly, it could be used for periodical mock exams in Business English classes. BEC Listening is divided into three parts. Firstly, it could provide self-study materials for students themselves, and perhaps accompany testbuildsr course book such as Market Leader. The Speaking section of BEC, also in three parts, comprises an interview, a short presentation and a discussion.

Secondly, the answer key is comprehensive and thorough- not merely giving the correct answers, but explaining why they are so. Highr, those teaching short courses may appreciate the no-nonsense approach and pithy advice. It would also, of course, be possible to flesh out or adapt the exercises. Although it does not beec actual past papers, you would be hard pressed to see a significant difference, although hard-nosed BEC aficionados may possibly disagree.

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All parts are covered. Although it is always possible to use materials for other purposes, this book is very exam-focused and would not transfer naturally to other contexts.

Finally, candidates listen to a long up to 5 minute dialogue in which two businessmen talk shop.

As for the included audio CD itself, those familiar with EFL festbuilder materials are in for no surprises. To sum up, this is a good alternative to the official practice test books.


These are fairly standard, but eminently useable.

It appears to be mainly geared toward self-study, but there is opportunity for it to be used in some classroom contexts. 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.

How might it be used? My advice is to act like a weather man, prodding enthusiastically at example charts drawn on the board by students, eliciting descriptions from others. 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.

In fact, the part 1 practice tests here could be used with IELTS classes, perhaps to provide a bit of variety. 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?

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! These are kept nice and simple. 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.

The alternative would be to have included these sections after every part of every test making 24 sectionseach building on the last. You can just sit back and pretend to read the Financial Times. Perhaps the authors felt this would be repetitive or unnecessary- but then there would of course be no obligation to read them all.

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. The listening and speaking sections are similarly catered for, with mock-exam papers interspersed at certain points with exercises for developing exam skills.

Part two brings a series of five short monologues, accompanied by two sets of multiple-matching questions i.


Clearly, at 2 pages long a go, these are not intended to teach how to write. Certainly, neither the narrator nor the bright and breezy actors loose marks for clarity of expression, even with the variety of accents on show.

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Self study testbuilser class exam practice book, with CD Authors: Listenings are given similar treatment. This activity could be extended to the whole of the scripts.

There then follows a few questions and a sample answer. None involve the audio CD itself, instead referring the reader to transcripts. Secondly, it could provide a useful basis for business one-to-ones.

In fact, in one of the exercises, sections of the transcripts are copied and they have to do just that. 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 testbuildder

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For all parts of the reading, we are given explanations as to why such and such an highfr is correct. Students are asked to classify these, plus their attendant adverbs, arranging the latter in terms of hogher or speed of change. The only caveat is to avoid making yourself the only one in the room who appears enthused!

It starts with information about the exam itself- useful if you are suddenly plunged into teaching a BEC class at the last minute!

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A fourth possibility is that it might be used for intensive short courses, to plough quickly through hgher material and show students what to expect. This is a plus feature of the official Cambridge exam books. These are then subdivided into their parts. 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 testhuilder see the why the correct answer was so.

Firstly, there is a single monologue a speech or presentation with sentence completion tasks which involves listening for specific information.