A guide to the exam, with advice on preparing for the exam, tips for exam day and useful links.
C1 Business Higher
B2 Business Vantage
C1 Business Higher is made up of four papers developed to test your English skills:
The C1 Business Higher Reading paper has six parts. There are different types of texts and questions. This paper accounts for 25% of the total mark.
1 hour 10 minutes
The C1 Business Higher Writing paper has two parts and requires the candidate to show that you can write different types of text in English. This paper accounts for 25% of the total mark.
About 40 minutes (including 10 minutes to transfer your answers onto the answer sheet)
The C1 Business Higher Listening paper has three parts. For each part, you have to listen to a recorded text or texts on business-related topics and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice. This paper accounts for 25% of the total mark.
16 minutes per pair of candidates
The C1 Business Higher Speaking test has three parts and is taken with another candidate. Exceptionally the test may be taken with 3 candidates. There are two examiners. One examiner talks to you and the other examiner listens. Both examiners give marks for your performance. This paper accounts for 25% of the total mark.
Choosing your Speaking Test partner
If you would like to be paired together with a friend/classmate, you can request this when you register for the exam. Please note however that research has shown that there are both advantages and disadvantages in taking the test with someone you know and that in the end it doesn’t matter. What is important is that the test judges you on your own performance.
Download a sample Speaking test worksheet for students from the C1 Business Higher Speaking test preparation pack.
You can also watch a 360⁰ of a full C1 Business Higher speaking test.