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

This activity could be extended to the whole of the scripts. Secondly, it could provide a useful basis for business one-to-ones. Obviously, the main readers of this book would be either students considering taking the exam, or their teachers.

This could be useful stuff, but only as revision or support for more detailed study. It starts with information about the exam itself- useful if you are suddenly plunged into teaching a BEC class at the last minute! How might it be used? Self study or class exam practice book, with CD Authors: Listenings are given similar treatment.

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?

BEC Listening is divided into three parts. Part two brings a series of five short monologues, accompanied by two sets of multiple-matching questions i. There is a good selection of idioms and figurative language e. This is an effective, no-nonsense exam practice book — accurate, authentic and helpful, but with limited classroom use.


To sum up, this is a good alternative to the official practice test books. 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.

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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 then subdivided into their parts. Alternatively, those teaching short courses may appreciate the no-nonsense approach and pithy advice. 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.

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.

BEC Higher Testbuilder

They do, however, provide concise revision material and as such are useful. Students are asked to classify these, plus their attendant adverbs, arranging the latter in terms of degree or speed of change.

The Speaking section of BEC, also in three parts, comprises an interview, a short presentation and a discussion.

The support material is good. Secondly, the answer key is comprehensive and thorough- not merely giving the correct answers, but explaining why they are so. It is a two-pager, focusing higjer that particular part of the reading test in some detail and posing questions hiher at developing awareness and instilling habits of analysis. You can just sit back and pretend to read the Financial Times. This is a plus feature of the official Cambridge exam books.

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.


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

These are kept testbuilxer and simple. Although it does not contain actual past papers, you would hiigher hard pressed to see a significant difference, although hard-nosed BEC aficionados may possibly disagree.

The only caveat is to avoid making yourself the only one in the room who appears enthused! Perhaps the authors felt this would be repetitive or unnecessary- but then there would of course be no obligation to read them all.

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The listening and speaking sections are similarly catered for, with mock-exam papers interspersed at certain points with exercises for developing exam skills. This could test powers of diplomacy and persuasion! For all parts of the reading, we are given explanations as to why such and such an answer is correct.

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

Overall this is a very serviceable book, with a no-nonsense approach. The role of the teacher might be superfluous here, though, since the students can check their own answers in trstbuilder back of the book and even see the why the correct answer was so.

In fact, the part 1 practice tests here could be used with IELTS classes, perhaps to provide a bit of variety. Clearly, at 2 pages long a go, these are not intended to teach how to write.