English for Business (EFB)
from the London Chamber of
Commerce and Industry
Examinations Board (LCCIEB)
What is "English for Business"?
for Business" (EFB) is an examination designed to test written communication
in business with tasks based on real business activities. The exam is
offered at 5 levels; Preliminary Level, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and
Level 4. In addition to the written examination an OPTIONAL oral examination
is also available which tests a candidate’s speaking and listening
skills in discussing a business-related topic.
can I take the EFB?
has over 200 Registered Examinations Centres throughout
Germany. To find your nearest Centre go to the "Exam
Centres" page and
look for the Centre nearest your postcode.
can I take EFB?
Business is offered on worldwide timetabled dates (see the
"Exam Dates" page) or
On Demand (contact your local Centre -
see "Exam Centres" page)
much does EFB cost?
All exam prices
are listed on the "Exam Prices"
can I prepare for EFB?
have a range of support material available including
"How to Pass" books for each level (available from Logophon
Verlag GmbH in
Mainz, Germany), free information packs consisting of the exam syllabus,
a sample paper, and model answers, and numerous past papers are available
see what's available for download click here. You can request material
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me more about EFB...
Below is an overview
of the tasks at each level followed by a detailed description of the examination
format and tasks.
Overview of the English for Business Exams
- short answers
- full-sentence answers
- basic writing
- short answers
Oral 8 mins
Oral 10 mins
Oral 12 mins
summary, message etc
The Preliminary Level written examination takes 90 minutes and consists
- Section A will contain a picture of an office or
other workplace setting and candidates will be given fifteen 1-mark
type questions and ten 2-mark short answer questions on what is
happening in the picture to demonstrate use of key structures and
- Section B will contain a 2 person dialogue of about
to provide a reading comprehension exercise. Candidates will be given
eleven 1-mark questions with true or false answers and eight
2-mark questions requiring longer answers.
- Section C will use the dialogue in Section B as a
basis for a piece
of productive writing. This will be the completion of a document
provided (eg a telephone message or memo pad) which candidates will
use to present selected information to a third party mentioned in
the dialogue. Candidates will also be provided with some additional
numerical data which they will be expected to consult in order to
complete the exercise (eg a price list or timetable).
The Level 1 written examination takes 120 minutes and consists of
- Question 1 involves the composition of a letter
or memo, based on given
information. The content of which should be between 150 and 200 words.
The stimulus will be rubric information giving data on which to base
a reply. The content of the letter or memo will be simple business style
communication dealing with, for example, retail orders, customer
enquiries, requests for information, replies to complaints, reminders
tasks in hand, or communications between work colleagues.
- Question 2 involves understanding and responding
to a short passage of
business-related prose of about 300 words. The stimulus for the exercise
will be: a passage on a business-related topic in language appropriate
to the level and a series of statements about the content and information
in the passage.
- Question 3 involves a "read and think"
comprehension test, based on
some graphic or numerical display, requiring very short answers.
The stimulus for the question will be data in the form of a table or
a chart relating to, for example: company car fleet hire charges, office
accommodation agencies, conference facilities at an hotel, or company
branches and staffing details.
- Question 4 involves a "read and write"
reformulation task using
data to complete a form or diagram. The stimulus for the question
will be selected from: data or information in written notes, a conversation
about a business related situation, or a record of a telephone message
The Level 2 written examination takes 150 minutes and consists of
- Question 1 involves an extended writing task requiring
produce: a memorandum, an article, a report, etc, on a choice of
role-related topics drawn from business and economic life. Candidates
have to answer 1 question from a choice of 3.
- Question 2 involves a letter writing task, where
the stimulus and
information needed to reply to it will be provided in the form of an
in-coming business letter.
- Question 3 is a reformulation task requiring candidates
reduce or selectively rewrite a passage of English for some defined
purpose within a given role. Candidates will be offered tasks that will
draw on their ability to make notes, or reassemble elements of a text
for a specific purpose, which will be stated.
The Level 3 written examination takes 180 minutes and consists of
- Question 1 involves the composition of a letter,
the stimulus for
which will be an incoming letter, or the employer’s instructions,
or both. The rubric will include data on which a reply might be
based and an indication of the tone required.
- Question 2 involves the drafting of an internal
on raw data given in the form of graphs, notes, press cuttings,
charts, tables, etc. Candidates will have to understand, select,
collate and, if necessary, supplement this data in order to write the
report in the light of the instructions given.
- Question 3 involves a comprehension task in
which candidates will
be asked to show an understanding of information given for
a defined purpose. This might be a press article, an extract from
a business journal, a company report, a circular letter, a tender,
or some other form of business reading matter, with which candidates
should be familiar at this stage.
- Question 4 is a conversion task involving the
reformulation of a message
for some defined purpose. Thus candidates may be required to produce
a memo from a fax, letter or computer printout; or an abstract from
an article; or a summary of a phone call for discussion; or a fax from
a company notice, employer’s instructions, etc.
The Level 4 written examination lasts 180 minutes and consists
- Question 1 is in 2 parts. the first part requires
candidates to understand and respond to a lengthy and complex
authentic business text. Comprehension will be demonstrated
through a variety of question types. The second part of the question
requires candidates to produce a written text related to the article,
within a given scenario. Candidates must produce a text which is
accurate linguistically and stylistically using an appropriate format
with relevant content. (Part A, 15 marks, Part B: 10 marks)
- Question 2 requires candidates to produce business
texts in an
appropriate tone and style. The question will be either a single case-study
/ scenario generating 2 pieces of business writing in contrasting
styles or a formal report generated from a series of pieces of information
written in an informal style. The text(s) must be accurate
linguistically and appropriate stylistically, and successfully acheive
the task set by selecting and using relevant information within an
appropriate format. (25 marks)
- Question 3 is in 2 parts. The first part requires
candidates to refomulate
information by way of a summary of a longer text, within a given
scenario (eg to write an abstract of an article to put in an information
bulletin). The second part requires candidates to reformulate digital
graphical / numerical information into a written form (eg a management
comment on the performance of a subsidiary company). In both parts
candidates must successfully acheive the task by selecting and using
relevant information, using an appropriate layout and textual structure
choosing appropriate and accurate language. (Part A: 12.5 marks, Part
B: 12.5 marks)
- Question 4 requires candidates to produce fluent
and accurate written texts in a
range of styles and genres. Candidates are required to continue and
complete 2 different texts from information given (eg a formal
notice, an invitation to a company open recruitment meeting etc). The
continuation and completion of each text must successfully acheive the
task set by the appropriate selection of information, written in a style
which is both accurate linguistically and stylistically.
There is an optional oral test for all levels of English for Business.
For more information request the EFB
Oral Examination Infopack