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 would also, of course, be possible to flesh out or adapt the exercises. The only caveat is to avoid making yourself the only one in the room who appears enthused!

BEC Testbuilder

Overall this is a very serviceable book, with a no-nonsense approach. There is a good selection of idioms and figurative language e. Self study or class exam practice book, with CD Authors: The Speaking section of BEC, also in three parts, comprises an interview, a short higber and a discussion.

All parts are covered. 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.

For all parts of the reading, we are given explanations as to why such and such an answer is correct. In any case, in addition to being cheaper, it has the plus feature hihher 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.

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! Obviously, the main readers of this book would be either students considering taking the exam, or their teachers. Listenings are testbuolder similar treatment.

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.

Perhaps the authors felt this would be repetitive or unnecessary- but then there would of course be no obligation to read them all. There then follows a few questions and a sample answer. These are then subdivided into their parts. This activity could be extended to the whole of the scripts. Secondly, the answer key is comprehensive and thorough- not merely giving the correct answers, but explaining why they are so.


Although it does not contain actual past papers, you would be hard pressed tetsbuilder see a significant difference, although hard-nosed BEC aficionados may possibly disagree. In fact, in one of the exercises, sections of the transcripts are copied and they have to do just that.

BEC Higher Testbuilder

This is a plus feature of the official Bdc exam books. This is an effective, no-nonsense exam practice book — accurate, authentic and helpful, but with limited classroom use. It starts with information about the exam itself- useful if you are suddenly plunged into teaching a BEC class at the last minute!

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. This could test powers of diplomacy and persuasion! Thirdly, it could be used for periodical mock exams in Business English classes.

As for the included audio CD itself, those familiar with EFL listening materials are in for no surprises. They do, however, provide concise revision material and as such are useful. This could be useful stuff, but only as revision or hiyher for more detailed study.

Secondly, it could provide a useful basis for business one-to-ones. Clearly, at 2 pages long a go, these are not intended to teach how to write. 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?

My advice is to act like a weather man, prodding enthusiastically at example charts drawn on the board by students, eliciting descriptions from others. These are fairly standard, but eminently useable. These are kept nice and simple. As you can see, all question types are standardised and predictable like FCE etc, but unlike IELTSso it is quite easy to tedtbuilder specific examples for exam practice. Although higheer is always possible to use materials for other purposes, this book is very exam-focused and would not transfer naturally to bed contexts.


It appears to be mainly geared toward self-study, but there is opportunity for it to be used in some classroom contexts. The alternative would be to have included these sections after every part of every test making 24 sectionseach building on the last.

Certainly, neither the narrator nor the bright and breezy actors loose marks for clarity of expression, even with the variety of accents on show. Firstly, there is a single monologue a speech or presentation with sentence completion tasks which involves listening for specific information. Alternatively, those teaching short courses may appreciate the no-nonsense approach and pithy advice.

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. To sum up, this is a good alternative to the official practice test books. BEC Listening is divided into three parts.

Here, 3-way multiple choice questions test for ability to identify ideas and opinions.

Students are asked to classify these, plus their attendant adverbs, arranging the latter in terms of degree or speed of change. 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.

Finally, hestbuilder listen to a long up to 5 minute dialogue in which two businessmen talk shop. How might it be used? 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! None involve the audio CD itself, instead referring the reader to transcripts. Part two brings a series of five short monologues, accompanied by two sets of multiple-matching questions i.

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