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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Self study or class exam practice book, with CD Authors: This activity could be extended to the whole of the scripts. The reading section, for instance, has six parts, either having double page spreads parts or a single pages parts 5 and teshbuilder so no page-flapping required!

To sum up, this is a good alternative to the official practice test books. Part two brings a series of five short monologues, accompanied by two sets of multiple-matching questions i.

In fact, the part 1 practice tests here could be used with IELTS classes, perhaps to provide a bit of variety. The Speaking section of BEC, also in three parts, hgher an interview, a short presentation and a discussion. These are fairly standard, but eminently useable. Thirdly, it could be used for periodical mock exams in Business English classes.

My advice is to act like a weather man, prodding enthusiastically at example charts drawn on highet board by students, eliciting descriptions from others.

It starts with information about the exam itself- useful if you are suddenly plunged into teaching a BEC class at the last minute! Alternatively, those teaching short courses may appreciate the no-nonsense approach and pithy advice.

For all parts of the reading, we are given explanations as to why such and such an answer is correct. 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. Neither the texts themselves nor the questions seem appreciably different higer those of the real exam going by the examples in the official Cambridge BEC Higher handbook.


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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. 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. Secondly, the answer key is comprehensive and thorough- not merely giving the correct answers, but explaining why they are so.

These are kept nice and simple. Obviously, the main readers of this book would be either students considering taking the exam, or their teachers. In any case, in addition to being cheaper, it has the plus feature of the higer exam guidance, useful additional exercises and a very thorough answer key highrr a few shortcomings, such as the lack of detailed comment on the writing samples.

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.

Hivher is a good selection of idioms and figurative language e. 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. It appears to be mainly geared toward self-study, but there is opportunity for it to be used in some classroom contexts. In fact, in one of the exercises, sections of the transcripts are copied and they have to do just that. None involve the audio CD itself, instead referring the reader to transcripts.

Listenings are given similar treatment.


This is a plus feature of the official Cambridge exam books. How might it be used? The support material is good. If it gets repetitive, why not spice it up by getting students to select cards at random, some involving eccentric, dangerous or extremely highwr attitudes or practices to incorporate or espouse in their presentations and discussions?


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

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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. Secondly, it could provide a useful basis for business one-to-ones. There then follows a few questions and a sample answer. This could be useful stuff, but only as revision or support for more detailed study. The only caveat is to avoid making yourself the only one in the room who appears enthused!

The alternative would be to have included these sections after every part of every test making 24 sectionseach building on the last. 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.

Firstly, there is a single monologue a speech or presentation with sentence completion tasks which involves listening for specific information. Certainly, neither the narrator nor the bright and breezy actors loose marks for clarity of expression, even with the variety of accents bev show. These are then subdivided into their parts. As for the included audio CD itself, those familiar with EFL listening materials are in for no surprises.

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