BEC Higher Speaking Test: Part 1
Part 1 of the BEC Higher Speaking test lasts approximately 3 minutes (5 minutes for a group of three). After some introductory questions, candidates are asked a personalized work-related question and a more general, work related question.
Tests ability to: use language for social purposes, e.g. make introductions, asks and answer questions, express and gives reasons for personal opinions.
BEC Higher Speaking Test: Part 2 (Mini-Presentation)
Part 2 of the BEC Higher interview lasts about six minutes (eight minutes for groups of three). Each candidate is given a card listing three different topics. Each candidate chooses one of the topics on their card to talk about for 1 minute. The candidates are given one minute to prepare and may make notes. When prompted, Candidate 1 gives their talk while Candidate 2 listens but does not speak. At the end of the minute, Candidate 2 asks Candidate 1 a brief question about the talk and Candidate 1 makes a brief reply. The task is then repeated with Candidate 2 presenting and Candidate 1 listening and asking a question at the end.
Tests ability to: sustain a long turn, speak coherently, listen and respond to a talk with appropriate questions.
The choice of three questions range from a very general, business-related topic for candidates with little or no work experience to one that can be answered by someone with work experience. It's therefore a task that all candidates should be able to deal with.
Make sure you listen carefully while your partner is presenting as you will need to think of a relevant question to ask at the end.
BEC Higher Speaking Test: Part 3: (Collaborative Task & Follow-Up Questions)
In Part 3 of the BEC Speaking test, which lasts about seven minutes (nine minutes for groups of three), the examiner will give you and your partner a card that contains a business-related situation with two questions for discussion. You will have 30 seconds to read the card. The examiner will not participate in the discussion until the end when he or she will ask each candidate questions related to the topic.
Tests ability to: initiate discussion, ask for and give opinions, agree and disagree, develop comments made by others and generate new ideas, be sensitive to turn-taking.
Notice that the task is in the form of a role play or simulation and you should treat this as a real-life task. Work with your partner as if you are both in this situation, sharing opinions and trying to reach a decision.