Practical Business English is designed to test a candidate's ability to survive in a business environment using English as the language of communication.
The aim of the examination is to test whether candidates:
(a) Possess adequate language for short communication and practical needs.
(b) Are able to understand straightforward forms of business communication.
PBE is highly relevant for anyone who needs English for their work, and most appropriate to those who need to prove that they can survive in a business environment using English as the language of communication. It can also be used by training organisations as a useful tool to assess the level of a candidate’s ability in English before placing them in a group for training, ie as a placement test. This is possible because LCCIEB issues candidates with an exact percentage score and grade on the test.
The level is elementary to pre-intermediate, ie Breakthrough/Waystage in the Council of Europe Framework, or Entry/Level 1 according to the UK National Language Standards.
The examination consists of 50 multiple choice questions in 3 sections:
(a) grammar recognition
(b) business vocabulary
(c) business interpretation
4 The length of the examination is one hour.
Pass Mark/Criteria for Success
To obtain a pass, candidates will need to achieve at least 50% of the marks available, 60% for a credit and 75% for a distinction.
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