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

They do, however, provide concise revision material and as such are useful. Secondly, the answer key is comprehensive and thorough- not merely giving the correct answers, but explaining why they are so. This could test powers of diplomacy and persuasion! There then follows a few questions and a sample answer. 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.

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.

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. 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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This is a plus feature of the official Cambridge exam books. Firstly, it could provide self-study materials for students themselves, and perhaps accompany a course book such as Market Leader.

You can just sit back and pretend to read the Financial Times. Firstly, there is a single monologue a speech or presentation with sentence completion tasks which involves listening for specific information. 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.


BEC Listening is divided into three parts. In fact, the part 1 practice tests here could be used with IELTS classes, perhaps to provide a bit of variety. This could be useful stuff, but only as revision or support for more detailed study. These are kept nice and simple. 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.

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. 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?

These are interesting enough for the casual teacher, and it testbullder quite possible to read both texts and questions satisfactorily on the train to work, if your tight schedule forbids a more through perusal! Students are asked to classify these, plus their attendant adverbs, arranging the latter in terms of degree or speed of change.

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

Overall this is a very serviceable book, with a no-nonsense approach. Here, 3-way multiple choice questions test bsc ability to identify ideas and opinions. To sum up, this is a good alternative to the official practice test books.

It would also, of course, be possible to flesh out or adapt the exercises. The alternative would be to have included these sections after every part of every test making 24 sectionseach building on the last.

Secondly, it could provide a useful basis for business one-to-ones. The support material is good. This is an effective, no-nonsense exam practice book — accurate, authentic and helpful, but with limited classroom use.

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Although it does not contain actual past papers, you would be hard pressed to see bef 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. The reading section, testbuklder instance, has six parts, either having double page spreads parts or a single pages parts 5 and 6 so no page-flapping required! It appears to be mainly geared toward self-study, but there is opportunity for it to be used in some classroom contexts.

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

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All parts are covered. Clearly, at 2 pages long a go, these are not intended to teach how to write. It starts with information about the exam itself- useful if you are suddenly plunged into teaching a BEC class at the last minute! Listenings are given 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.

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

Obviously, the main readers of this book would be either students considering taking the exam, or their teachers. These are then subdivided into their parts. The Speaking section of BEC, also in three parts, comprises an interview, a short presentation and a discussion. These are fairly standard, but eminently useable.

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.