A D E TA I L E D G U I D E TO B E C VA N TA G E

B E C VA N TA G E
TEST OF READING

Time: 1 hour

Number of
PART Main Skill Focus Input Response Questions

1 Reading – scanning and gist One longer or four shorter Matching 7
informational texts
(approx. 250 – 350 words in total)

2 Reading – understanding text Single text: article, report, etc. with Matching 5
structure sentence level gaps (text plus 7
option sentences approx. 450 – 550
words in total)

3 Reading for gist and specific Single text (approx. 450 – 550 words) 4-option multiple 6
information choice

4 Reading – vocabulary and structure Single informational text with lexical 4-option multiple 15
gaps (text including gapped words choice cloze
approx. 200 – 300 words)

5 Reading – understanding sentence Short text (approx. 150 – 200 words) Proof reading 12
structure / error identification Identification of additional
unnecessary words in text

A DETAILED LOOK AT THE TASKS Part Two
This is a matching task, comprising a text that has had six
Part One
sentences removed from it and a set of seven sentences
This is a matching task. There are four short texts on a labelled A – G. Candidates are required to match each gap
related theme (e.g. descriptions of a group of products, or with the sentence which they think fits in terms of meaning
advertisements for jobs) or a single text divided into four and structure. The first gap is always given as an example so
sections. Although the context of each text will be similar, that candidates have five gaps left to complete. When they
there will also be information that is particular to each text. have finished this part there will be one sentence left which
The texts are labelled A – D. Candidates are presented with a they have not used.
set of seven items which are statements related to the texts.
They are expected to match each statement with the relevant The texts for this part will have been chosen because they
text. have a clear line of thought or argument that can still be
discerned by the reader with the sentences removed. In
Questions in this part tend to focus mostly on the doing the task, therefore, students should be trained to read
identification of specific information and detail, although through the gapped text and the list of sentences first, in
some items may focus on gist. order to get an idea of what it is about. Having done that,
they should be reassured that there is only one sentence that
fits each gap.
Preparation
In order to prepare for this part it would be useful to This part tests understanding of text structure as well as
familiarise students with sets of short texts that have a similar meaning and the gaps will be reasonably far apart so that
theme. Newspapers, magazines and catalogues are useful candidates can successfully anticipate the appropriate lexical
sources in which to find such texts. Students should be and grammatical features of the missing sentence.
encouraged to look closely at all the information, Candidates can be expected to be tested on a variety of
particularly as short texts often include additional snippets of cohesive features with both a backward and forward
information on separate lines (such as prices, dates, titles, reference, sometimes going beyond the sentence level. Thus,
measurements, etc.) that can easily be overlooked. while selecting the appropriate sentence for a gap, they
should read before and after the text to ensure that it fits
Students could be set questions which test global reading well. At the end of this part, they should read through the
skills prior to reading the texts, so that they are trained to entire text, inserting the gapped sentences as they go along,
think of who a text is written for and why it was written. to ensure that the information is coherent.

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Preparation will have similar meanings but only one word will be correct
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This can be quite a difficult task, especially for candidates within the context provided. Familiarity with typical
who are unfamiliar with such an exercise. In preparing them collocations would be especially useful. The language of
for this part, it would be a good idea to select a number of business is often very precise and so it is worth spending
graded texts that have clear, familiar ideas and evident time looking at the vocabulary used in different types of text,
cohesive features. Texts can be cut up as they are in the test getting students to keep a vocabulary list and encouraging
or simply discussed in their entirety. In this way, students them to make active use of the lexical items that are new to
can work up to dealing with more complex material and them.
identifying the many different ways that ideas are connected.
Part Five
It would also be useful when doing gapped texts to look at
sentences that do not fit in gaps and discuss the reasons for In this task, candidates identify words that have been
this. Sometimes it is possible to make a sentence fit a gap by introduced into a text in error.
simply changing a few words. Discussion on areas such as
This exercise can be related to the authentic task of checking
this would also be fruitful.
a text for errors, and suitable text types therefore include
letters, publicity materials, etc. The text contains twelve
Part Three numbered lines, which are the test items. Further lines at the
This task consists of a text accompanied by four-option end may complete the text, but these are not test items.
multiple choice items. The stem of a multiple choice item
may take the form of a question or an incomplete sentence. Preparation
There are six items, which are placed after the text. Sources
• Students should be reminded that this task represents a
of original texts may be the general and business press,
kind of editing that is common practice, even in their
company literature and books on topics such as
first language.
management. Texts may be edited, but the source is
authentic. • Any work on error analysis is likely to be helpful for
this task.
• A reverse of the exercise (giving students texts with
Preparation
missing words) might prove beneficial.
• Multiple choice questions are a familiar and
long-standing type of test; here they are used to test
opinion and inference rather than straightforward facts.
• Correct answers are not designed to depend on simple
word-matching, and students’ ability to interpret
paraphrasing should be developed.
• Students should be encouraged to pursue their own
interpretation of relevant parts of the text and then
check their idea against the options offered, rather than
reading all the options first.
• It could be useful for students to be given perhaps one
of the wrong options only, and for them to try to write
the correct answer and another wrong option.

Part Four
This is a multiple choice cloze test with fifteen gaps, most
of which test lexical items, and may focus on correct word
choice, lexical collocations and fixed phrases. The texts
chosen for this part will come from varied sources but they
will all have a straightforward message or meaning, so that
candidates are being tested on vocabulary and not on their
comprehension of the passage.

Preparation
Candidates are usually familiar with this type of task and so
it is most important to try to improve their range of
vocabulary. The options provided for each item in the test

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customer • For each statement 1 – 7. some customers buy • Look at the statements below and the comments given on the opposite page by mobile phone their first mobile phone in the supermarket. In business tool. There is intense internet provision and data services to the competition between the network providers. In order to stand out. B. service is the factor that differentiates operators and I think this year we will probably see READING SAMPLE PAPER rationalisation in the sector. Now. There are a large number of mobile phone retailers and • Which section (A. 7 those services available at mobile phone outlets that are not provided by other retailers D The mobile phone business is behaving like the but clearly all the main mobile phone retailers internet industry in take-up and the pace of have succeeded in taking the industry forward. We must continue to innovate in telephone has changed from simply being a delivering the product to the customer. prices are be affected dramatically. mobile user. you need innovative ideas on customer service. but there’s nothing particularly exciting out there at 6 a comparison between change in the mobile phone industry and that in a different sector present. Successful retailers must try to keep on top of 4 the relationship between charges and the number of mobile phone users these developments and invest in the training of employees so they are able to offer impartial advice to customers. prices have dropped sharply and technological advances have meant products have changed – and are changing. comparisons between us and our closest rival. B. and it’s important not to be left Growth has accelerated rapidly and the mobile behind. mark one letter (A. We don’t believe in criticising other retailers. C or D) on your Answer Sheet. PART ONE A Questions 1 – 7 Market awareness of the mobile telephone has exploded and the retailer who specialises in mobile phones is seeing growth like never before. to being a means of terms of service provision. Turn Over ‹ 2 3 Page 43 B E C VA N TA G E . innovation. C or D) does each statement 1 – 7 refer to? I can’t help but feel the market only has room for four players. add-ons and particular retailers. mobile people come into the market. • You will need to use some of these letters more than once. 1 the need for retail staff to stay informed about the mobile phones they are selling and every time they lower their tariffs. Undoubtedly. but for advice. you can draw communication for everyone. Admittedly. more 2 the belief that the market will not sustain the present number of mobile phone retailers C 3 the use of mobile phones no longer being restricted to a specific group of people Over a few years. network providers 0 constantly being driven down and handsets are will have to generate more revenue by offering considerably more compact. This will 0 the extent to which mobile phones have changed in size phones were retailing at a thousand pounds and continue. E-commerce is taking off but this won’t necessarily replace traditional 5 a negative view of competing mobile phone retailers retail outlets. B Example: When I first started in the industry. services they turn to the specialist. and while retail dealers’ profits will A B C D were as large as box files.

agreed with the Business Travel their stay rather than waiting until they recent survey of UK businesswomen. reveals that 70% feel they receive an inferior influenced by the level of service they offer to service. (12) . Turn Over ‹ 4 5 . or have the same business interests. which Association that hotel star ratings should be check out. D It is advisable for them to do this during Wendy Manning. . B E C VA N TA G E Page 44 PART TWO Example: Questions 8 – 12 A B C D E F G 0 • Read the article below about a survey of businesswomen staying in hotels. Guests in the dining room would then position of having to complain about poor questionnaire distributed to hotel guests by half of all business travellers. (0) . Placing tables in be ignored by hotel managers. The attitude of hotel staff made female business guests. G . . . alone. . male and female guests is one such idea. executive manager of the The Bartonsfield Hotel in London also conducted a Bartonsfield Hotel. . mark one letter (A – G) on your Answer Sheet. thought that the reason for this was that they were female and travelling C This would enable women to make an alone. and it will also be restaurants in a way that allows the head waiter to forgotten by the overworked business executives introduce guests to one another. (0). . Once forward by the Business Travel Association are clients have gone. . . . • There is an example at the beginning. . Four years ago. was a further would not be placed in the uncomfortable G This is evident from the results of a serious criticism! Women account for more than suggestion. . doing enough for them. when questioned slowly improving. . . . (10) . bedrooms cater equally for the needs of • Do not use any letter more than once. (11) . Hotels Failing Businesswomen informed choice about a hotel. . women guests are treated is increasing. (8) . . . A The hotel staff assumed they should be E Making sure that facilities in guest • For each gap 8 – 12. . so they can themselves. . . be attending the same that the number of complaints made about the way conference.’ Wendy made to feel uncomfortable by staff when dining Manning pointed out. • Choose the best sentence from the opposite page to fill each of the gaps. . . ‘Our survey them feel out of place in public areas. for example. further. . highlighted the unwillingness of many women to 62% chose to eat in their rooms because they were air their views if they are treated badly. . . B But there is clear evidence that things are F Most of the women. a similar survey had revealed that a significant A group of influential businesswomen recently met number of women travelling alone and wishing to to discuss the results of the Business Travel use the hotel restaurant were actually turned away. . for example. . . . . booked into the same room. . These show might. . the Business Travel Association. (9) . it is all too easy for the issue to relatively simple. and they Hoteliers should take note because they are facing choose to sit together over a meal. but hotels are not have the opportunity to meet up with others who service. . Association questionnaire. . for example. They suggested that businesswomen should not hesitate to make it Many of the suggestions for improved services put clear if they have a problem. . . .

when the product is D consumer interest switches to a new product category. B. the end of a product’s life cycle is marked by Questions 13 – 18 A a sharp rise in production costs. D there has been a lack of economic stability. By this time. although reached at a particular time. It can run special sales 16 According to the text. Then. D The sales approach should change with each phase of the product life cycle. is put. With a competitor in the cycle. profit levels may fail to correspond to the volume of sales because the sales team will have to work even harder to win product is currently in. A product’s sales position and these remain fairly stable. C an increase in customer complaints. long before unit sales are noticeably falling. a greater sales effort is required for a product when that a product is in or may be heading towards. used as a guide to the stage of development each 17 According to the text. improve deliveries. B the production costs were not estimated correctly. from this point. The unit sales figures promotions. produce effective profits. products have ‘lives’ in as much as they are created. By identifying the stage this is not always recorded accurately. One of the most important concepts in sales compile this information from the records of unit management and marketing is that of the product life sales. profitability can be expected to fluctuate over time proving successful. the product is costed accurately on the and then become obsolete and are replaced or simply basis of production costs plus selling costs. In retrospect. this period depending on the use to which the product The product life cycle. you choose. unit sales are not the complete story product. most firms know what happened to though usually the stages are based on where the rate their products from launch to withdrawal. as a response to heavy sales calls and so on. showing the stage in its life the product has as it is unit profit that is the decisive factor. • For each question 13 – 18. Product Life Cycles and Sales Strategy C Most sales managers fail to recognise which stage a product has reached. the product’s sales skill is being able to interpret sales results and draw decline as better versions enter the market and in the stages as they occur. make more frequent usually jump on introduction. competition becomes too strong. product experimentally. growth phase to the maturity phase. B There are many managers who need to improve their sales performance. B the advertising budget has been cut. when the can this be used as an ongoing aid to management product is widely accepted. B Managers should review policy when a sharp fall in sales is indicated. unit sales rise steadily through the what happened in the product’s ‘lifetime’. 14 What does the writer say about sales management in the first paragraph? A Companies should spend more time on their sales planning. competitors will bring out their and so. PART THREE 13 According to the text. so how D profit information. cycle. field. C It is difficult to see how sales charts can provide sufficient guidance to managers. This is a historical record of the life of a Unfortunately. Eventually. then. D Managers should get confirmation of the data they plot on the sales charts. stage begins and ends can be a random exercise. that sales management has to monitor. 18 What does the writer say about the charts that show sales progress? A It is a matter of judgement where one sales phase finishes and another begins. C there are unforeseen problems with distribution. and so on to saturation decision-making? Every sales manager has a chart on level. it is necessary to adopt different tactics. At launch. This is generally followed that. by a levelling off while it is evaluated – the length of unit profit has already fallen. They can of sales growth or decline becomes pronounced. but. Initially C rival companies start to produce something similar. An essential management all additional sales. presents a picture of C consumer data. It is this figure 15 According to the text. sell with varying profitability over a period of time. to companies can formulate better marketing plans. the B product details. competitors will have entered the which the progress of sales is plotted and this can be market with their own version and. though. B the product becoming outdated. as customers buy the not accurately charged to the product and the result is A sales statistics. • Read the article below about product life cycles and the questions on the opposite page. All ensure an effective marketing strategy and to A it is particularly innovative. a good marketing strategy must primarily be concerned with unit sales and unit profit. mark one letter (A. Often the extra expenditure is advertising and promotion. the original firm has to respond in order to The two main features of the product life cycle are maintain its market position. Deciding where each A the full selling costs have not been taken into account. at each successive stage in the product’s own ‘copy-cat’ products. no longer produced. Turn Over ‹ 6 7 Page 45 B E C VA N TA G E . C or D) on your Answer Sheet for the answer D less support from sales management.

. nor do you want to (30) ..... B. B ... of what you say are important. ... As a first step. 29 A point B tend C lead D move Next create your materials.. .. for a contract. 20 A behaviour B habit C practice D routine 21 A method B law C rule D course Guidelines for giving Presentations 22 A focus B define C target D direct Most presentations today (0) . of your presentation...... A B C D 0 • Choose the best word to fill each gap from A... to remember only the most entertaining. Remember you do not want to stop your audience from listening to you..... B.. make all the necessary (31) ... As a general (21) .. Each of these companies will probably be using the same computer graphics (26) .... 30 A disorder B mistake C confuse D complicate Finally. • For each question 19 – 33. and the same equipment.. 27 A formation B design C structure D system That’s why the content and (27) ..... B E C VA N TA G E Page 46 PART FOUR Example: Questions 19 – 33 A calculate B depend C determine D lean • Read the advice below about the use of technology in presentations. While this technology can help to (19) ... Audiences are easily bored and (29) ... . choosing the images for your presentation carefully.... and test it out beforehand... your audience’s attention... 24 A requests B calls C bids D commands Bear in mind that when an organisation invites (24) . 32 A share B role C function D element 33 A precisely B suitably C properly D accurately Turn Over ‹ 8 9 ... for the equipment you need... presentations better... it 23 A gaining B acquiring C collecting D taking also has a (20) ....... of getting in the way. four or five 25 A appoint B programme C schedule D catalogue presentations from different companies on the same day.. mark one letter (A. 28 A catalogue B label C mark D identify exciting or unusual ideas... If technology is to be an 31 A appointments B procedures C arrangements D organisations important (32) . C or D) on your Answer Sheet.. . on the use of some sort of technology... The chances are the 26 A parcels B packets C bundles D packages presentations will be similar too.. (0). on the content of a presentation as a means of (23) . rather than relying on sophisticated equipment. such as a laptop computer linked to a projector. you need to (28) . Think about what you want to say and how to say it as clearly as possible.. the main points you want to get across... them. .. it is better to (22) ... C or D on the opposite page. they may (25) .. 19 A produce B make C construct D build • There is an example at the beginning. make sure you know how to use it (33) .....

write the extra word in CAPITAL LETTERS on your 18 17 16 15 14 13 Answer Sheet. • If there is an extra word in the line. Clearly. The need for more training has combined it with cutbacks in 41 office accommodation to create plenty of business for those hiring out space. E F B C D • In most of the lines 34 – 45 there is one extra word. One organisation showing an 39 awareness of what this principle is CT Solutions. B A A C D D • The exercise begins with two examples. it is an approach that works. mostly for training. 37% of them have never evaluated that expenditure in strict terms of business CORRECT CORRECT CORRECT 36 impact. write CORRECT on your Answer Sheet. Part Three Examples 0 S O 00 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 C O R R E C T B B B C C C C C C A A C D D D Part Four Tr a i n i n g P r o v i s i o n 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 0 There is little doubt that training has become so an accepted part of business but it is 00 equally true that companies take a much less scientific approach than they should. it becomes easier for training 38 organisations to help companies meet strategic goals. however. A IT US OF Part Five 34 recent study suggested us that. since the business has been grown in size. while UK organisations spend nearly £10bn a year on BEEN THAT WITH WHAT WHILE STRICT 35 training. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 B A C A C D D Part One PART FIVE Questions 34 – 45 9 8 11 12 10 • Read the article below about a training company. 10 Page 47 B E C VA N TA G E . particularly 42 upper-end hotels. Some lines. a training business that has its own 40 premises in South London. But while CT Solutions detected that many organisations were not 43 satisfied with hotels because they do not always provide a good service. in ways that maximise with opportunities. Yet if training activities that are run along the same lines as other business 37 operations. CT Solutions is 44 totally dedicated to providing of space for business. but also for 45 conferences and AGMs. are correct. (0) and (00). READING ANSWER KEY • If a line is correct. It is either grammatically incorrect or Part Two does not fit in with the meaning of the text.

mark your answer sheet like this: 36 1 36 0 0 A B C For Part 5: 1 37 0 37 Write your answer clearly in CAPITAL LETTERS. write name 14 20 28 in CAPITALS and complete the Candidate No. Rub out any answer you wish to change with an eraser. For example: 35 1 35 0 If you think C is the right answer to the question. 15 A B C D 21 A B C D 29 A B C D Candidate’s Signature Candidate No.R DP458/358 . grid (in pencil). A B C D A B C D A B C D If not already printed. Part 5 For Parts 1 to 4: 34 1 34 0 Mark one box for each answer. 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 16 A B C D 22 A B C D 30 A B C D Examination Title Examination 2 2 2 2 Details 3 3 3 3 Centre 17 A B C D 23 A B C D 31 A B C D 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 Supervisor: 6 6 6 6 18 A B C D 24 A B C D 32 A B C D If the candidate is ABSENT or has WITHDRAWN shade here 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 25 A B C D 33 A B C D 9 9 9 9 BEC Vantage Reading Answer Sheet 26 A B C D Instructions Use a PENCIL (B or HB). B E C VA N TA G E Page 48 Part 3 Part 4 V A N T A G E 13 A B C D 19 A B C D 27 A B C D Candidate Name Centre No. 1 38 0 38 For example: 39 1 39 0 0 40 1 40 0 Part 1 Part 2 41 1 41 0 A B C D A B C D E F G 42 1 42 0 1 8 A B C D A B C D E F G 43 1 43 0 2 9 A B C D A B C D E F G 44 1 44 0 3 10 A B C D A B C D E F G 45 1 45 0 4 11 5 A B C D 12 A B C D E F G 6 A B C D Turn over for Parts 3 .5  7 A B C D BEC V . Write one letter in each box.

graphs. (medium may be memo or Proposal: describing. and the delivery medium be clearly organised and should not contain letter features. message is to be written to. asking for text type) (medium may be note or informal comments. At this level. main body of findings Where the delivery medium specified for a Part Two answer and conclusion. candidates need not include postal addresses in medium may be a memo or an e-mail their answer. complaining business correspondence (medium (medium may be letter. this means a piece of communication with a colleague or colleagues In the second Writing task. a the delivery medium may be a note. where the delivery medium specified • a proposal.g. The prompt is included in the instructions. message. and unlike the report. candidates are required to write within the company on a business-related matter. this has a similar format to a report. candidates are required to produce two from/date/subject details. this means the presentation of information particularly given the length of the report. report or proposal memo or e-mail). reports must business-related matter.g. In this part candidates are presented with the context in the task rubric. internal fax or e-mail) or short Report: describing. reassuring. requesting information. Accuracy and Appropriacy in Faxes and e-mails Part One Please see page 11. There is an explanation of the task or e-mail. message. • a report. One or more pieces of input from: Business correspondence Neutral/ apologising. it is possible that details. summarising. The report will contain an introduction. explaining Rubric only (plus layout of output Internal communication Neutral/ a development. notice. it is possible that the delivery is a letter. advert. and 120 to 140 words in the form of business correspondence. this means correspondence with somebody outside the There is no significant difference between the format company (e. summarising communication (medium may be note. explaining. the delivery medium may be a memo or an e-mail. This explains the role the candidate must take in Preparing for the Writing Questions order to write a note. • a piece of business correspondence. giving instructions. with the main focus being on e-mail. memo or e-mail of around 40 The preparation activities outlined for BEC Preliminary to 50 words using a written prompt. in relation to a specific issue or events. Similarly. in the form of bullet points clearly stating the pieces of information that must be incorporated into the answer. candidates need not include to/ For BEC Vantage. Page 49 . It also identifies who the candidates would be equally valuable at this level.TEST OF WRITING B E C VA N TA G E Time: 45 minutes PART Functions/Communicative Task Input Response Register 1 e. persuading output is fax or e-mail) A DETAILED LOOK AT THE TASKS Where the delivery medium specified for a Part One answer is a memo or an e-mail. fax or e-mail There is no particular requirement to provide subheadings. memo short report or proposal. the focus of the proposal is on the where the delivery medium specified is a memo or an future. (plus layout if e-mail) (120 – 140 words) recommending. charts. and one or more texts as input material. message or memo or agreeing to requests e-mail) (40 – 50 words) 2 Correspondence: e. may be letter. formal may be letter. These texts may contain visual or graphic material and have ‘handwritten’ • and one of the following: notes on them.g. candidates need not include ‘fax header’ details. a customer or supplier) on a required for proposals and reports. but is a fax. etc. pieces of writing: Part Two • an internal company communication. candidates need not include to/from/date/subject recommendations for discussion. fax or e-mail).

It is important that students know how to reformulate the comments. For the BEC Vantage Writing component. candidates are often B E C VA N TA G E provided with annotated information and are asked to report or convey these comments. at this level much more is expected in terms of register. Whilst at BEC Preliminary level the emphasis is on the accurate reporting of facts. candidates write their answers in pen in their question paper booklet. In the second task for this level. incorporating some of their own vocabulary and structures into their work. cohesion and the range of structures and language used. Page 50 .

• Write on the opposite page. WRITING SAMPLE PAPER • saying who will go. • explaining why you cannot go • Then. • Write 40 – 50 words. ESTATES FAX RENVER Erica Young TO: BusinessSpace Meeting FROM: Reinhard Mieter SUBJECT: Renting Office Space Further to our discussion last week we have now decided to rent office space from you for the next twelve months: Requirements • one office of 10 m2. so somebody else will go in your place. different floors. PART ONE PART TWO • You are a regional sales manager for an international company. write a fax in reply to Reinhard Mieter. on which you have already made some • apologising for not being able to go to the meeting handwritten notes. a company which rents fully serviced offices to other meeting at your company’s head office. • Write 120 – 140 words. businesses. CENTRAL TOWER (CT) no parking – suggest Offices currently vacant Size m2 Opera Place CT 19 10 CT 24 20 OPERA PLACE CT 53 15 Why choose Opera Place? mention these CT 54 15 • 300 parking spaces benefits • good public transport OPERA PLACE (OP) connections Offices currently vacant Size m2 • wonderful views OP 34 10 OP 39 20 OP 46 10 OP 47 15 OP 48 20 four same floor OP 49 15 2 4 Page 51 B E C VA N TA G E . two of 15 m2. You have just received the fax below. four left. You cannot go. one of 20 m2 offer 10% • must be on same floor discount for 18-month • 40 parking spaces booking Please confirm if this office space is vacant in Central Tower. using all your handwritten notes. • Write on the opposite page. You have been asked to go to a • You work for BusinessSpace plc. who is organising the meeting: • Look at the fax and the other information below. • Write an e-mail to Erica Young.

• Lack of organisation. some irrelevance is likely. Band 1 Poor attempt at the task set. An impression mark is awarded to each piece of writing. Very negative effect on the reader. which is subject to regular updating. are numerous. frequent basic errors. • All content points included and expanded upon where the task allows. • Register and format reasonable. • Serious lack of control. • All major content points included. • Adequate range of structure and vocabulary. • Inappropriate register and format. version. • Notable content omissions and/or considerable irrelevance. format and target reader indicated in reproduced below. • Wide range of structure and vocabulary. • Organisation and cohesion is satisfactory. • Content is not clearly organised or linked. Satisfactory effect on the reader. • Little evidence of structure and vocabulary required by task. • Little attempt at appropriate register and format. • Register and format consistently appropriate. • Good range of structure and vocabulary. on the whole. some minor omissions. causing some confusion. Positive effect on the reader. • A number of errors will be present. A total of 30 marks is available for Writing. Band 3 Reasonable achievement of the task set. • All content points adequately dealt with. with a Task-specific Mark Scheme. Page 52 . but they do not impede communication. minimal errors which are minor. with attention paid to cohesion. possibly due to misinterpretation of the task set. Summary of General Impression Mark Scheme Band 5 Full realisation of the task set. • Errors sometimes obscure communication. This summarises the content. which focuses on criteria specific to each particular task. errors when complex language is attempted. natural use of language. • Generally accurate. causing a breakdown in communication. although not entirely successful. • Generally well-organised. • Some major content points omitted or inadequately dealt with. and distract the reader. Either fewer than 25% of the required number of words or totally illegible or totally irrelevant. The The General Impression Mark Scheme is interpreted at General Impression Mark Scheme is used in conjunction Council of Europe level B2. Band 0 Achieves nothing. register. Examiners work with a more detailed the task. Band 4 Good realisation of the task set. • Effectively organised. Very positive effect on the reader. • Controlled. • Limited range of structure and vocabulary. • Register and format on the whole appropriate. Negative effect on the reader. with appropriate use of cohesive devices. Band 2 Inadequate attempt at the task set. A summary of the General Impression Mark Scheme is organisation. ASSESSMENT OF WRITING The band scores awarded are translated to a mark out of B E C VA N TA G E 10 for Part 1 and a mark out of 20 for Part 2.

Successful attempt at complex language. Band 5 for example ‘I can’t attend because of previous arrangements’. Concise. Many Thanks Nadia Johnson Regional Sales Manager EXAMINER COMMENTS All points adequately dealt with. for example ‘go to meeting’. Mr Jan Korwalski. ‘will go instead of me’. Page 53 . making a very positive effect on the reader. a very good worker. Mr Mark Smith will go instead of me. Good range of structure and Band 4 vocabulary. ‘on the business trip’. I can’t attend because of previous arrangements which I can’t change. Minor non-impeding errors. will go instead of me. Marta Stefanska EXAMINER COMMENTS All points covered. I am going on the business trip to Italy. Positive effect on the reader. B E C VA N TA G E WRITING PART 1 CANDIDATE A I’m really sorry but I’m not able to go to the meeting at our company’s head office. CANDIDATE B Dear Mrs Young I would like to apologise for not being able to go to meeting at our company’s head office because I will not be in the country. Please accept my apologies.

Page 54 . In this time I’m going to London for sales meeting with our customers. an adequate attempt at the task. CANDIDATE D Hello Erica. in fact. I hope this will not cause you some trouble. Best wish yours Chan Bo Fun EXAMINER COMMENTS Generally well organised (although not concise). Instead of me. but they do not impede communication. however.B E C VA N TA G E CANDIDATE C To: Erica Young Cc: Subject: Meeting Dear Mr Young: Thanks for your last letter! I’m very glad to be inviated to attend the meeting at your company’s head office. I’d like to apologise you. His name is Jim Green. Band 3 Overall. I feel sorry for my absence. There are. I’d like to recommend my personal assistant to go to instead of me. ‘cause you some trouble’. leading to Band 3 a satisfactory effect on the reader. for this meeting will go my sales assistance – Tom Best regards Natasha EXAMINER COMMENTS A number of errors. for example ‘a error of my agenda’. This is due to a error of my agenda. some basic non-impeding errors. I’m apologising for not being able to go to the meeting. I have a international conference that day. but I can’t attend to this meeting in our head office. But first of all.

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Would you mind if I search what you need in Opera Place? . Please let me know if you are interested in this possibity. Mr Mieter. Page 55 . Organisation is good. Thank you for your order by fax. Errors are minimal. EXAMINER COMMENTS All points are covered and developed. . I’ve just received your fax and after searching for different posibilities.I’ve just checked if we have 4 offices left in Opera Place and for your information we have them now!! At the same floor and one is 10m2. Band 3 There is an adequate range of language.You asked us for 4 offices in Central Tower and we only have 4 left but placed in different floors and there are no parking spaces left. it has wonderful views to Central Park and the public transport connections are really good. B E C VA N TA G E WRITING PART 2 CANDIDATE E Dear Mr Mieter. Regards Ms Korkhau EXAMINER COMMENTS All content points are achieved. and the register and format are reasonable. I look forward to hearing from you soon so I can make the booking.month period. with good organisation. Band 5 and the candidate displays a wide range of natural language and a natural business tone.Opera Place is a big Tower with 300 parking spaces. I’d like to mention that I can offer you 10% discount if you are booking for 18 . could it be interesting for you? . The effect on the reader is satisfactory.10% discount on the total prize if you book our offices for 18 months. We have 4 offices left in Central Tower as you required but they are on different floors. Yours sincerely. Also there is no parking space available at the moment in Central Tower. Please think about this alternative and the discount I mentioned before. CANDIDATE F BUSINESS SPACE PLC FAX From: Business Space To: Renver Estates Attn: Sabrina Korkhau Attn: Reinhard Mieter Subject: Renting Office Space. I can offer you a very interesting alternative in Opera Place Building: * 4 offices as you required on same floor * 300 parking spaces and good public transport connections for your employees * wonderful views. this is what I can offer you: . two are 15m2 and the last one is 20m2 as you required.

So I suggest you to go for opera place Please if you have any further equiry please do not hesitate in contact me. However In opera place you could set up the four offices in the same floor. and moreover there are no parking spaces. 300 parking spaces are there. I would like to inform you than even though there are four Offices vacant there are all of them in different floors. EXAMINER COMMENTS All points are covered. and the sizes are proper. public transport connections here are good as well as wonderful views I hope this change will be convenient for you.month booking. Moreover. Let me tell you that in this place you can delight a wonderful view to the sea and this place is relationated with good public transport. sincerely. I am sure you will be satisfied with Opera Place. As requested we couldn’t supply you in Central Tower. I’m looking forward to hearing from you. But I recommend Opera Place. please confirm whether you’ll book longer or not. There are four in the same floor. CANDIDATE H TO: Reinhar Mieter FROM: Business Space SUBJECT: Confirmation Thank you for have selected us for doing Business. EXAMINER COMMENTS Organisation and range of language are poor.’ The errors do not impede. and because it is near the sea you can get easily connections not only internal but abroad as well. Meanwhile. since there is no vacancy on the same floor and no parking either. And we are glad you have decided to rent office space from us for the next twelve months. Format. organisation and register are Band 3 adequate.B E C VA N TA G E CANDIDATE G TO: Reinhard Mieter. which is enough for you. Concerning with the requirements you have specified in your fax. for example ’I hope this change will be convenient for you. There is some attempt at range. I’d like to inform you that we can offer 10% disscount for 18 . Thank you for your fax. Page 56 . a suitable place as well. it would be the four floor also there are still available 300 parking spaces so in this matter there is no problem. There are Band 2 frequent basic errors and the first content point (the offer of a discount) is missing.

interview. the second section will focus on something In addition. differing demands of each task type. Candidates hear each candidates are not expected to opt for the ‘best’ answer. etc. In order to In this part there are three conversations or answering answer the questions successfully. they may speakers. • the language functions employed Alternatively the set of options may consist of eight • relevant aspects of phonology such as stress. etc. discussion same format: candidates hear five short monologues and should focus on: have to match each monologue to a set of items A – H. and some reformulation of the candidates to remember long or complex pieces of prompt material will be required in order to locate the information. or possibly a presentation or report with one have to note down a person’s name. Part Three This part of the Listening test concentrates on the retrieval of A longer text is heard in this part.TEST OF LISTENING B E C VA N TA G E Time: approx. It will be helpful not Page 57 . the eight options will form a coherent set and discussions the overall theme or topic will be clearly stated in the task rubric. The two sections will and weak forms. etc. A DETAILED LOOK AT THE TASKS In this part of the Listening test. It will not be possible to ‘word match’ and spaces which have to be filled with one or two words or a candidates should not expect to hear such overt clues. presentation. usually lasting factual information and it is important for candidates to listen approximately four minutes. linking places/topics/addressees/purposes etc. 3 Listening One extended conversation or Multiple choice 8 monologue. message pads. say. In this • the opinions expressed case. number. and refining these as the gapped text provides a very clear context and has four text is heard. two sections of five Multiple matching 10 topic. In • the purpose of speeches and conversations or each section. Each section has the authentic or specially prepared. For example. Answers to this part are rarely a will be relatively straightforward and will not require simple matter of dictation. whether This part is divided into two sections. discussion. In particular. extract gist and understand main ideas. students should be encouraged to appreciate the else. There are eight. ‘snippets’ each etc. The text will typically be an carefully using the prompts on their question paper in order interview. or There may be questions on opinions and feelings. function. and as they listen they are required to complete the gapped text. conversation or discussion with two or more to identify the missing information. candidates are being tested on their global listening skills and also on their ability to Part One infer. For example. they will need to work out machine messages. Alternatively. candidates may hear five people talking • the roles of speakers and have to decide what sort of jobs the people do. topics. The gapped texts may include forms. context. conversation or message twice. but these an instruction or deadline. they may have to listen for a room or telephone number. identifying Short monologue. these must be spelt correctly. correct answer. 40 minutes including 10 minutes’ transfer time Number of PART Main Skill Focus Input Response Questions 1 Listening for writing Three telephone conversations or Gap filling 12 short answers messages 2 Listening. always test different areas and so if the first section focuses on. the set of options A – H will contain a list of jobs. However. and if names on the speaker. Preparing for the Listening Paper Part Two All listening practice should be helpful for students. with a gapped text to go with each. questions that focus on details and main ideas in the text. there will always be a ‘right’ answer and invoices. Each the answer by developing ideas. three-option multiple choice tape are spelt out. such as functions. diary excerpts.

featuring differing styles and registers. only to practise the task types in order to develop a sense of B E C VA N TA G E familiarity and confidence. with correct answers often being delivered by more than one speaker. but also to discuss how the three task types relate to real life skills and situations. • The first is note-taking (and therefore productive). and students should be encouraged to make full use of the pauses during the test to check the written input. • The second is a matching (with discrimination) exercise. They should also be encouraged to try to predict the kinds of words or numbers that might go in the gaps. In all three tasks. successful listening depends on correct reading. Page 58 . • The third involves the correct interpretation of spoken input. and students should reflect on the various situations in which they take notes from a spoken input.

............ • You will hear a man calling a computer supplier.. Amount payable in advance: (4) £................................................................. • Write one or two words or a number in the numbered spaces on the notes or forms below..................... Time: 10 am – 4 pm.. Title: (1) ........ Action: call to apologise and discuss (8) ........... • You will hear each recording twice.... Caller’s name: James Firth • You will hear a woman telephoning a conference centre office.. Topic of extra workshop: (3) ....................................... PART ONE Conversation Two Questions 1 – 12 (Questions 5 – 8) • You will hear three telephone conversations or messages..... Venue: (2) ............................................./date: HPC02345 / 12-3-02 Date: 21st February Notes: order was delivered late by the (6) .... and was supplied without (7) ....... Client: Allen and Brown Ltd Item(s) ordered: (5) ........................................................................................................................ per person Turn Over ‹ 2 3 Page 59 B E C VA N TA G E ............................................................. NOTES ABOUT SEMINAR Order no............ LISTENING SAMPLE PAPER HILLS PC SUPPLIES Conversation One Customer Services (Questions 1 – 4) Telephone Message • Look at the notes below............. • Look at the form below.....................

....................................................... Five people are talking about a problem that occurred............... • Do not use any letter more than once.................. F making a recommendation G giving an invitation 22 .... C arriving late for a meeting D forgetting an address Salary: (12) ................................. • Do not use any letter more than once................................................ 15 ... • For each recording.......... decide what the speaker is doing...................... B confirming information 19 ................... • Write one letter (A – H) next to the number of the recording.... E requesting information 21 . Position: Manufacturing Administrator • Write one letter (A – H) next to the number of the recording......................................... • For each recording................. Responsible to: (9) ....................... H requesting advice Turn Over ‹ 4 5 ........................................................... 14 .............................................. H taking the wrong documents Section Two (Questions 18 – 22) • You will hear another five recordings............. B E C VA N TA G E Page 60 Conversation Three PART TWO (Questions 9 – 12) Questions 13 – 22 • Look at the notes below... in their B taking the wrong equipment relations with other people......... A losing a business card 13 .............................. (Questions 13 – 17) • You will hear five short recordings.............................................................................................. The person appointed will need to be (11) ........................ decide what each speaker is talking about............ E misunderstanding a message 16 ................................................. • You will hear the five recordings twice........ Candidates should preferably be qualified in (10) ........ A making a complaint 18 .......................... F missing a presentation G forgetting to make a phone call 17 ................................... Section One • You will hear a recorded message about a job vacancy........... • You will hear the five recordings twice...... C giving instructions D changing an arrangement 20 ................................................

C employs an increasing number of women. C spend some time working abroad. a pizza delivery B offered insufficient incentives. 30 What does José Martínez plan to do in the future? A develop a chain of restaurants 24 Before José Martínez set up his pizza delivery service. PART THREE 28 José Martínez left the first company he worked for because it Questions 23 – 30 A set the staff impossible targets. • You will hear the recording twice. C assessed demand in different areas. • You will hear a radio interview with José Martínez. the Spanish fast food business A is different from that of the U. B saw that the shares were performing well. C increase public demand for his products. 6 7 Page 61 B E C VA N TA G E . he B set up a franchise operation C expand into the frozen food market A tested samples on potential clients. C provided inadequate support. mark one letter (A. B or C) for the correct answer. B establishing an innovative retail business. 23 José Martínez became successful by B raise brand awareness through team sponsorship. C thought food companies were a safe investment. the Director of Pizza Rapida. 25 According to José Martínez. B has slowed slightly in its rate of growth.S. chain in Spain. 29 José Martínez finds that popular sports events A are good places to advertise his service. A taking over a well-known competitor. B try out some of the shop-floor jobs. B handed out product questionnaires. 26 José Martínez wants his trainee managers to A develop a competitive attitude. 27 José Martínez believes that at first people invested in Pizza Rapida because they A were attracted by what the company offered. You now have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to your Answer Sheet. • For each question 23 – 30. C gaining a reputation for high quality.

Can I take a message? is essential. Well. For this position you should have some relevant experience and a recognised qualification in Conversation Two. ok. We ordered a laser printer from you last month and… Conversation One.. when we took it out of the box. wrong and I’ll ask David to ring you. aspects of the production process. F: Certainly. you’d sent the thing without any cables. I. M: Yes. first of February. could I also mention an additional session afternoon? we’re offering on the day? There’s a workshop on M: Yes. F: Let me just find the reference on that…ah yes. profit margins starting at four-thirty after the main seminar. How may I help you? HPC02345 … on the twelfth of March… F: Hello. We do need to have forty pounds as a deposit. F: Oh. Here are details of our current job M: There’s no charge for the additional session. that would be Successful Selling. F: Good morning. M: I’m really not happy at all. M: And then. A high level of computer skills F: I’m afraid he’s away today. from Allen and Brown. want to talk about a discount. hello. F: Yes. Questions 1 to 4. Do you remember the name? why you use a despatch company if that’s what F: No. Now. If you think we’re where it is. Mr Firth. the first problem was the delivery. we found It’s a very popular seminar. we are looking for a day costs a hundred and twelve pounds for each manufacturing administrator to join a team led by participant. Will you be in this M: Now. good bye. Questions 5 to 8. You must be able to work without Page 62 . I am sorry. yes. You need to be a good organiser. PART ONE. This role involves monitoring all like. I’ll check what went held at the Central Hotel.. anyway. that might be useful . I know it’s on the twenty- happens.. F: Oh dear. No. Tell him it’s James Firth. My name’s . The vacancies.. some project work. I want to speak to David Hills administrative skills. but I have a meeting to F: Hello. and will include and the balance on the day.. M: Oh.. business administration would be an advantage. It’s next to the University. please? going to pay this invoice in full… M: Certainly. can you tell me when and couldn’t even connect it up. madam. please. Questions 9 to 12.. M: Erm. LISTENING ANSWER KEY B E C VA N TA G E Part One Part Two Part Three 1 SUCCESSFUL SELLING 13 F 23 B 2 (THE) CENTRAL HOTEL 14 H 24 A 3 PROFIT MARGIN(S) 15 G 25 B 4 (£)40/FORTY 16 C 26 B 5 (LASER/LAZER) PRINTER 17 E 27 A 6 DISPATCH/DESPATCH COMPANY 18 F 28 B 7 (ANY) CABLES 19 C 29 C 8 (A) DISCOUNT 20 E 30 C 9 (THE) PLANT MANAGER 21 H 10 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 22 B 11 FLEXIBLE 12 NEGOTIABLE TAPESCRIPT M: Well. QUESTIONS 1 TO 12. Conversation Three. I can reserve a place for you now. so we F: That’s the one! Now. if you the plant manager. with excellent M: Yes. I don’t see week. I know where that is. yes. and it’s being F: Well. Hills PC Supplies.. I’m sure he’ll F: Oh. Thank you for calling the Jefferson go to . M: Apex Business Centre. It’s being run from 10 till 4. First of all. which one? We have at least three on next It came several days after you promised. wait a minute. er . I’m calling about the seminar next week. how much is it? recruitment line.

I just didn’t remember and that’s that. wasn’t a disaster. really. The the way we’re approaching the market. I mean. if you could spare the time. could tell me what you think would be the best They’ll have given the work to someone else by thing to do. It wasn’t till they called back to query F: Good evening and welcome to Business People. that’s how it goes. as the position supports other ourselves having problems in the future. How did he F: I guess the main weakness is with the image of achieve this? Well. Questions 13 to 17 planning to come by train. I can’t understand it hurry! What a terrible mistake… It made the whole at all. But in the end I we’ll send someone to collect you. advantage. I’d be really interested in your views. We do need your input – your information is important. the quantity that we realised just what I’d done. QUESTIONS 23 to 30. We are fortunate to have as our guest tonight José Still. and I had already got my Station. F: I was so busy preparing all the equipment for the F: I just thought I ought to let you know. I was very results. but I just took down what I thought I heard on the machine. I guess… disappointed. So now we can contact the the time I finally got there. I didn’t put it in my briefcase last night. 23 days’ holiday and health insurance. he began his rise to success in some of the products. In addition we offer a should get everyone together and explore all the benefits package including subsidised lunches. already. I really need to be better organised. Anyway. but if you go to Medford Central being late’s one thing. meeting pointless. I should’ve made a proper invited me to come over and check the figures for note in my diary where I would have seen it instead myself. sitting there with the paperwork for What I’d like from you. still checking the papers when they rang to say it You’ve probably heard already that we agreed that had arrived … but I couldn’t believe it when he we do need to create a new Area Manager’s didn’t know where the street was and drove all over position. Monday to Friday. I was worried that the invitations were so late that many key people PART TWO. You should be able to work to tight turn the situation around. didn’t get there at all … and all the other managers were there to see the team show the project and its F: When I first read the report. after all. I mean they’ve given me everything I asked for. recruitment agency and ask them to start looking around. With our present strategy. it’s a direct line. wouldn’t be able to make it. and then made out the order form PART THREE. this type of problem before. That’ll take you to Tower secretary to phone through and leave a message to Square – and if you give us a call when you arrive say I was running being schedule. we could find B E C VA N TA G E with others. a bit of a problem. M: I’m very glad that you can come. I thought it was a bit strange at the time. Perhaps you too late now. it’s with you. I understand you’re Section One. the whole thing. thought of me. now… I’d promised to ring before midday if I was Your experience means you must have dealt with available. and must be flexible when working year. In order to try and get clear what’s going on. I can’t imagine what they I’m going to need input from various sections. them the actual contract. They even M: What a lost opportunity. I’ll also need still tell them the relevant facts. but I couldn’t show a report on how useful the consultants’ advice was. the founder and Director of Pizza Rapida. the discussion we had last week about staffing So then I asked reception to call me a taxi … I was levels. we sorted it out before it was too late so it Martínez. supervision. José was brought up in America and started his working life there. as soon as you can. I could comparisons for the different regions. I just wanted to let you know officially that the place … they’d already started without me by it had been authorised. Oh well. Very unprofessional. I took your recommendation to the Board. The train service can be M: It was just so embarrassing. We need to managers. I’m certainly not going to forget that in a strategies we’ve been applying. and all the new F: Well. possibilities. But I’d rather try to go through them here of just on the back of an old envelope. Questions 18 to 22 successful entrepreneurs in Europe. Now he is one of the most Section Two. accordingly. Our results are well below target. What I’d suggest is a complete review of The hours are 9 to 5. work the market to our deadlines. in spite of using the consultants. QUESTIONS 13 to 22. that following presentation that I didn’t notice the time passing. I think we salary will be negotiable. I mean. I complained about this last Europe when he launched his pizza delivery chain Page 63 . is price another client. They might have somebody on their books M: Well. M: No. so I can’t really complain about that.

as you F: Now. or training. F: What background did you have. I hire extra staff to deliver pizzas get the product itself right by giving some away to for the fans to eat while they watch the match on teenagers in the neighbourhood. José is now one of the wealthiest men in Spain. Once we were established. when top M: Well. it was amazing! F: Why do you think Pizza Rapida attracted so much investment? M: I think initially it was largely because the basic theory of home delivery pizzas was new. so why did you think a pizza home delivery control. so families were beginning to think of fast food as an attractive alternative to home cooking. Pizza Rapida is well-known later. And I’m happy to say that we’ve been the best performer on the stock market for two years and profits were up again by 45% last year. M: Well. and fun. were joining the labour market. caused the fast-food revolution in the US were at F: Well.. Spaniards are very keen on football. I don’t want managers to come straight from university to the office without doing the basic jobs in the company first. It’s a little steadier now – still very healthy though. leaving them less time to shop and cook. he has almost transformed the eating exceed the annual target they had given me. the shares started to take off. promote your products? M: Thank you. not really. more and more women thanks . M: Sales basically. But I did do some basic research to teams are playing. By the late-nineties he had succeeded salesman for a soap company in America. F: Great! So you must need an increasing number of staff . welcome to our studio. As a result of this success. Was that a success. I kept television. marketing operation. but I habits of the nation. F: Pizza Rapida was floated on the Stock Exchange in 1998. one option I was looking at was franchising F: But surely Spain isn’t traditionally a fast food the operation but I decided I didn’t want to lose market.but what do you look for in your managers? M: I try to follow the American system and make sure my people get experience at all levels of the business. M: Well. I just thought that the same trends which had supermarket and restaurant chains. So now. Ten years competitor and today. I wish you every success with that and many work in Spain. did you do lots of market research before you know. so what I’m seriously considering now is service would be successful? producing frozen pizzas and other food to sell to M: Well. was so disgusted by the tiny bonus I was offered he has recently been able to buy out his main that I resigned and joined a competitor. too? M: Yes. and I think you have to be constantly aware set up your pizza delivery service? of all possible opportunities. Madrid. easy for the general public to understand. experimenting with the key ingredients until they all F: That sounds like a real winner! And what’s next? thought the pizzas were great. to lead to this amazing success? Page 64 . After the in expanding the business to over 400 outlets and in initial three month training period. I started my working life as a B E C VA N TA G E 10 years ago. I managed to doing so. For example.. from a small shop in the Spanish capital. F: Does any aspect of the Spanish lifestyle help you to José. The sector grew incredibly quickly in the first few years.. they sent me to Spain to run their sales and for producing top-quality food at reasonable prices.

1 12 0 For example: If you think C is the right answer to the question. grid (in pencil). 1 10 0 For Part 1: Write your answer clearly in CAPITAL LETTERS.Conversation Three BEC Vantage Listening Answer Sheet 9 1 9 0 Instructions Use a PENCIL (B or HB). 0 0 0 0 7 1 1 1 1 Examination Title Examination 1 7 0 2 2 2 2 Details 3 3 3 3 Centre 4 4 4 4 8 5 5 5 5 Supervisor: 6 6 6 6 1 8 0 If the candidate is ABSENT or has WITHDRAWN shade here 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 Part 1 .Section One Part 3 A B C 13 A B C D E F G H 23 A B C 0 14 A B C D E F G H 24 A B C Part 1 . Write one letter or number in each box. leave one box empty between words. 10 Rub out any answer you wish to change with an eraser. 6 If not already printed.Section Two 28 1 2 0 18 A B C D E F G H 29 A B C 3 A B C D E F G H A B C 19 30 1 3 0 20 A B C D E F G H 4 A B C D E F G H 21 1 4 0 22 A B C D E F G H Continue on the other side of this sheet BEC V .L  DP460/360 Page 65 B E C VA N TA G E .Conversation Two 5 V A N T A G E 1 5 0 Candidate Name Centre No. mark your answer sheet like this: Part 2 . 11 If the answer has more than one word.Conversation One A B C D E F G H A B C 15 25 1 A B C D E F G H A B C 16 26 1 1 0 17 A B C D E F G H 27 A B C 2 A B C Part 2 . Candidate’s Signature Candidate No. 1 11 0 For example: 0 12 For Parts 2 and 3: Mark one box for each answer. Part 1 . write name in CAPITALS and complete the 1 6 0 Candidate No.

Giving personal information. In small classes. lasting approximately one minute. However. at Vantage level it may be possible for sequence. A DETAILED LOOK AT THE TASKS Preparing for the Speaking Paper Candidates should be familiar with the paired assessment as Part One discussed in BEC Preliminary. speculating. listening carefully has one minute to prepare a piece of extended speech and giving precise answers. Group or class discussions are valuable ways of developing these skills. candidates are being tested students to practise talking about themselves in pairs with or on their ability to talk briefly about themselves. In this part of the test. 2 A ‘mini-presentation’ by each candidate About 6 minutes The candidates are given prompts which on a business theme. such part. etc. TEST OF SPEAKING B E C VA N TA G E Time: 14 minutes PART Format/Content Time Interaction Focus 1 Conversation between the About 3 minutes The interlocutor encourages the candidates to interlocutor and each candidate. students could discuss authentic materials as a group prior to engaging in pairwork activities. Students need to practise exchanging personal and non- related questions. Talking about present circumstances. may be provided with specially prepared sets. The interlocutor prompting from the interlocutor. past experiences and future plans. 3 Two-way conversation between About 5 minutes The candidates are presented with a discussion candidates followed by further on a business-related topic. then more business. Discussion activities as well as giving short talks or presentations should help to develop this skill. expressing opinions. Any discussion main theme. candidates are also being tested on their ability to express The candidates are asked to speak together for about three opinions. comparing and contrasting. give information about themselves and to express personal opinions. Part Three The third part of the test is a conversation between the In the final discussion in the Vantage Speaking test. Candidates are not addressed in strict personal information. and to prompt materials are necessary for Parts Two and Three. extends the discussion with prompts on related topics. Organising a larger unit of discourse. agreeing and disagreeing. concede points and minutes. The interlocutor will support the conversation if possibly reach a conclusion (although it is perfectly appropriate and then ask further questions related to the acceptable for candidates to agree to differ). Such activities Part Two familiarise students with the types of interactive skills The second part of the test is a ‘mini-presentation’. and perform functions such as agreeing and disagreeing. the interlocutor addresses each candidate in turn and asks first general. Giving information and expressing and justifying opinions. an ability to talk for an extended period (approximately one minute). In the first part of the test. compare and contrast. formulating questions. candidates. and students could be encouraged to design these themselves or expressing preferences. Page 66 . The interlocutor gives them a topic to discuss. etc. Expressing and justifying opinions. activities on a business theme that encourage students to employ these skills will be beneficial. In this involved in asking and providing factual information. generate a short talk on a business-related topic. each candidate is given a choice of three topics and as: speaking clearly. to provide without prompts (such as written questions). After each candidate has spoken their partner is invited to ask a question about what In the ‘mini-presentation’ candidates are being asked to show has been said. interests and jobs. concise information on their home. speculating.

Task Sheet for Candidate A Task Sheet for Candidate B Task Sheet 1 Task Sheet 2 A: WHAT IS IMPORTANT WHEN…? A: WHAT IS IMPORTANT WHEN…? SPEAKING SAMPLE TASKS Preparing for a job interview Selecting applicants for a job • Studying the job advertisement • Work Experience • Finding out about the company • Personal Qualities • • • • B: WHAT IS IMPORTANT WHEN…? B: WHAT IS IMPORTANT WHEN…? Choosing a new supplier Deciding whether to attend a conference • Prices and Discounts • Venue • Reputation • Speakers • • • • C: WHAT IS IMPORTANT WHEN…? C: WHAT IS IMPORTANT WHEN…? Aiming to improve production quality Developing new products • Up-to-date equipment • Market Research • Staff Training • Costs Involved • • • • BEC Vantage – PART TWO BEC Vantage – PART TWO Page 67 B E C VA N TA G E .

and decide: • what travel and accommodation arrangements you will need to make before the trip • which kinds of business customs in the foreign country it would be useful to know about. meanings are conveyed through the appropriate use of stress. interaction by initiating and responding appropriately. The Assessor applies intonation and clear individual sounds. demand patience of the listener. a range of grammar and vocabulary is needed to deal with Hesitation may. Page 68 . At times.PART THREE ASSESSMENT OF SPEAKING Discourse Management This refers to the coherence. Contributions should be Candidates are assessed on their own performance and not adequate to deal with the BEC Vantage level tasks. at times. analytical criteria: Grammar and Vocabulary. and how to find out about these before the trip Foreign Business Trip Candidates’ Task Sheet Task Sheet 1 • • BEC Vantage . Pronunciation and Interactive Communication. to convey their intended meanings. You have been asked to help with the preparations for the trip. Interactive Communication This refers to the candidate’s ability to take an active part in Grammar and Vocabulary the development of the discourse. and the Interlocutor applies a be occasional difficulty for the listener. the tasks. Assessment is based on performance in the whole test This refers to the candidate’s ability to produce and is not related to particular parts of the test. extent and relevance of each candidate’s individual performance. analytical scales. according to the following candidates’ utterances may be inappropriate in length. and use sufficiently appropriate vocabulary. At BEC Vantage level. and how to find out about these before the trip Discuss the situation together. rhythm. At BEC Vantage level. Your company is attending a trade fair in a foreign country for the first time. These criteria are interpreted at Vantage Pronunciation level. Both examiners assess the candidates. Global Achievement Scale which is based on the analytical scales. what travel and accommodation arrangements you will need to make before the trip Foreign Business Trip Your company is attending a trade fair in a foreign country for the first time.B E C VA N TA G E BEC Vantage – PART THREE which kinds of business customs in the foreign country it would be useful to know about. This refers to range and accuracy as well as the appropriate candidates should be sensitive to turn-taking and sustain the use of grammatical and lexical forms. At BEC Vantage level. Discourse Management. comprehensible utterances. and decide: Discuss the situation together. although there may detailed. in relation to each other. At this level candidates should be accurate enough. You have been asked to help with the preparations for the trip.