B2 Business Vantage

Exam format

B2 Business Vantage is made up of four papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what is in each paper below.

Paper

Content

Marks (% of total)

Purpose

Reading
(1 hour)
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Reading: 5 parts

25%

Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as business publications and correspondence.

Writing
(45 minutes)
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2 parts/ 25 questions

25%

Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, proposals and emails.

Listening
(about 40 minutes, including transfer time)
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3 parts/ 56 questions

25%

Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, discussions and presentations.

Speaking
(14 minutes per pair of candidates)
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3 parts/ 56 questions

25%

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.

What’s in the Reading paper?

The B2 Business Vantage Reading paper has five parts with different types of texts and questions.

Summary

Time allowed:

1 hour

Number of parts:

5

Number of questions:

45

Marks:

25% of total

Length of texts:

150–550 words per text. Texts may be from: Newspaper and magazine articles, reports, advertisements, letters, messages, brochures, guides, manuals, etc.

Part 1 (Matching)

What's in Part 1?

Either four short texts on a related topic or one text divided into four sections and a series of statements. You have to match each statement to the text or section where you can find the information.

What do I have to practise?

Reading – scanning for gist and specific information.

How many questions are there?

7

How many marks are there?

One mark for each correct answer.

Part 2 (Matching)

What's in Part 2?

A text with gaps and some sentences (A–G). Each gap represents a missing sentence. You have to read the text and the sentences and decide which sentence belongs in each gap.

What do I have to practise?

Reading – understanding text structure.

How many questions are there?

How many marks are there?

One mark for each correct answer. 

Part 3 (Multiple choice)

What's in Part 3?

A single text with six comprehension questions. You have to read the text and choose the right answer for each question (A, B, C or D).

What do I have to practise?

Reading for gist and specific information.

How many questions are there?

6

How many marks are there?

One mark for each correct answer.

Part 4 (Multiple-choice cloze)

What's in Part 4?

A text with gaps. Each gap represents one word or phrase. You have to read the text and choose the right word or phrase to fill each gap from a choice of four (A, B, C or D).

What do I have to practise?

Reading – vocabulary and structure.

How many questions are there?

15 

How many marks are there?

One mark for each correct answer.

Part 5 (Proofreading)

What's in Part 5?

A text in which some lines are correct and some lines have an extra, unnecessary word. If the line is correct, you write 'CORRECT' on your answer sheet. If the line is not correct, you have to write down the extra word.

What do I have to practise?

Reading – understanding sentence structure and finding errors.

How many questions are there?

12 

How many marks are there?

One mark for each correct answer.