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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: As for the included audio CD itself, those familiar with EFL listening materials are in for no surprises. Although it does not contain actual past bc, you would be hard pressed to see a significant difference, although hard-nosed BEC aficionados may possibly disagree. How might it be used? It starts with information about the exam itself- useful if you are suddenly plunged hkgher teaching a BEC class at the last minute!

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Alternatively, those teaching short courses may appreciate the no-nonsense approach and pithy advice. 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. They do, however, provide concise revision material and as such are useful.

The support material is good. To sum hugher, this is a good alternative to the official practice test books. 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.

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? All parts are covered.

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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. These are kept nice and simple.

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


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. 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. 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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Testbuikder is a plus feature of the official Cambridge exam books. Overall this is a very serviceable book, with a no-nonsense approach. This activity could be extended to the whole of the scripts. The Speaking section of BEC, also in three parts, comprises an interview, a short presentation and a discussion.

These are then subdivided into their parts.

None involve the audio CD itself, instead referring the reader to transcripts. Finally, candidates listen to a long up to 5 minute dialogue in which two businessmen talk shop. Listenings are given similar treatment. This could test powers of diplomacy and persuasion!

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

Obviously, the main readers of this book would be either students considering taking the exam, or their teachers. Secondly, the answer key is comprehensive and thorough- not merely giving the correct answers, but explaining why they are so.

There then follows a few questions and a sample answer. In fact, the part 1 practice tests here could be used with IELTS testbiulder, perhaps to provide a bit of variety. Part two brings a series of five short monologues, accompanied by two sets of multiple-matching questions testbuulder. There is a good selection of idioms and figurative language e. Certainly, neither the narrator nor the bright and breezy actors loose marks for clarity of expression, even with the variety of accents on show.

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For all parts of the reading, we are given explanations as to why such and such an answer is correct. This is an effective, no-nonsense exam practice book — accurate, authentic and helpful, but with limited classroom use.

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


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. It would also, of course, be possible to flesh out or adapt the exercises.

Clearly, at 2 pages long a go, these are not intended to teach how to write. Thirdly, it could be used for periodical mock exams in Business English classes.

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. 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.

Students are asked to classify these, plus their attendant adverbs, arranging the latter in terms of degree or speed of change. But, as in most EFL recordings, the speech seems artificial, with exaggerated stress on content words and a lack of hesitation, testbuildre and changing-mind-mid-sentence, which are all common features of real speech affecting vocabulary and grammar.

These are fairly standard, but eminently useable.

The only caveat is to avoid making yourself the only one tedtbuilder 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.