C1 Business Higher results are reported on the Cambridge English Scale.

You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English, giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.

For more information about the Cambridge English Scale, download our factsheet

When will I get my C1 Business Higher Statement of Results?

All candidates receive a Statement of Results, and if you are successful in the exam you will also receive a certificate.

Your Statement of Results is released online, approximately four to six weeks after the exam for paper-based exams, and two to three weeks after the exam for computer-based exams. The fastest way to get your results is to sign up to our free online results service.

When will I get my C1 Business Higher certificate?

We send your certificate to your exam centre about three weeks after results are available. Your exam centre then sends it on to you.

  • If you took a paper-based exam, your certificate will be sent to your centre seven to nine weeks after the date of your exam.
  • If you took a computer-based exam, your certificate will be sent to your centre five to six weeks after your exam date.

C1 Business Higher Higher Scale Scores

Depending on which university, college or organisation you are applying to, you may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill. For C1 Business Higher, the following scores will be used to report results:

Cambridge English Scale Score Grade CEFR Level
200–210 Grade A C2
193–199 Grade B C1
180–192 Grade C C1
160–179 Level B2 B2

The exam is targeted at Level C1 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above C1 (Level C2) and the level below (Level B2).

Scores between 160 and 179 are also reported on your Statement of Results, but you will not receive the Business English Certificate Higher.

The relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in C1 Business Higher is illustrated below:

Diagram of where C1 Business Higher is aligned on the CEFR and the Cambridge English Scale

What is a Statement of Results?

Your Statement of Results contains the following information:

  • score on the Cambridge English Scale for each of the four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking)
  • score on the Cambridge English Scale for the overall exam
  • grade (A, B, C, Level B2) for the overall exam
  • CEFR level for the overall exam.

Find out how to understand your Statement of Results (for exams taken in February 2016 and after)

Download a sample Statement of Results for C1 Business Higher

What is on my certificate?

Certificates are normally sent to exam centres within three months of the exam. Please contact your centre if you need to know the specific date. Your certificate can be awarded at different levels, depending on your achievement.

C1 Business Higher – Level C2
If you achieve a scale score of 200–210 (Grade A) in your exam, you will receive the Business English Certificate Higher at Level C2.

C1 Business Higher – Level C1
If you achieve a scale score of 180–199 (Grade B, Grade C) in your exam, you will receive the Business English Certificate Higher at Level C1.

Level B2 certificate
We believe it is important to recognise your achievement, even if you do not reach Level C1. If your exam performance is below Level C1, but falls within Level B2, we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at Level B2.

How long is my C1 Business Higher certificate valid for?
Your Cambridge English certificate does not expire. Recognising organisations such as universities, colleges and employers can choose how long to accept results for, so make sure you always check their requirements.

Can I get my results online?

Yes, the fastest way for you to get your exam results is to sign up for our FREE online results service. Your exam centre will give you the information you need to register for this service.

Register with Cambridge English Results Online

How can institutions verify my results?

You can let employers, universities or other organisations check your results online.

Just send them your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number (printed on your Confirmation of Entry) and they can check your results quickly, easily and securely online at