EuroexamPro: Level C1 | Euroexam

EuroexamPro: Level C1

for Business and Professional purposes

The exam that measures English language communication skills at C1 Operational Proficiency Level in professional and business contexts

The outstanding reliability and acknowledged objectivity of the Euroexams are already well-known. The same criteria apply to the range of professional and business English exams, which measure business English communication skills used in real-life professional situations. This way you may show how you can apply your business English knowledge in practice. We are sure you will do well.

Printed dictionaries can be used during the whole exam

Our candidates may use any printed dictionary in every exam part. Further details and our suggestions for the most efficient use of dictionaries can be found on our Bring a dictionary (or two). Because you can page.

Below, you can find a set of points which present the required performance for each skill, the parts and description of each and every exam task, as well as the C1-level evaluation criteria for speaking skills and writing skills.


Parts of the Euroexam: Level C1 Operational Proficiency Level Professional and Business English exam and detailed description of tasks

Reading

The Reading test consists of 3 tasks, and takes a total of 45 minutes.

Task 1 – Paragraph Headings

Candidates receive a text of 400-500 words excerpted from newspapers, magazines, advertisements, literature, articles, academic sources, consisting of seven sections or paragraphs (one is used as an example), and nine paragraph titles or headlines; the task is to match the heading to the appropriate paragraph.

This task tests the ability to understand global information.

Task 2 – Long text

The candidate reads a single text of 1000-1250 words, normally an article, letter or narrative, and finds the eight pieces of specific information to answer 2 to 4 questions. Answers are marked for content only.

This task tests the ability to appropriately select information from a text.

Task 3 – Multiple-Choice

This task uses two texts of 315-420 words each, each of a different genre but all connected to the same theme. The candidate answers six multiple-choice comprehension questions, five focusing on detailed meaning with the final question relating to some aspct of the text as a whole.

This task tests detailed comprehension, scanning, inference, judging the writer’s attitude.


Writing

Task 1 – Transactional Writing

The candidate receives a number of short texts which serve to establish a context for the writing task. These texts will be of various genres, such as a brief announcement, a short letter, or an advert. The task is for the candidate to write a ca. 200 word letter, with a specific transactional purpose as described in the rubric, referring to the short texts.

The task tests passing on relevant information in an appropriate style, picking out the salient issues.

Task 2 – Discursive writing

Candidates are given a choice of three questions, and write ca. 150 words within the genre specified. The type of text could be a discursive essay, an article, a report, a non-transactional letter.

The task tests presenting a case with an effective logical structure.


Listening

The listening test consists of 3 tasks, and takes a total of approximately 40 minutes. Candidates listen to recorded material and complete a task sheet.

Task 1 – Short Conversations

Candidates hear four short conversations, all taking place in the same location, e.g. a petrol station, but of several different discourse types; they will be a mixture of formal and informal styles, and transactional as well as interactional in nature. The task consists of two lists of six items each: List A will contain six items connected to the speakers or the context, such as job names, people’s names, descriptions, objects etc.; List B will contain six items connected with the spoken text – e.g. summary of opinions expressed, attitude, topic, intention, reason for speaking, feelings etc. Candidates have to select one item from each list that corresponds to a given text.

This task tests understanding the overall idea, understanding main points, distinguishing between fact and opinion, identifying discourse markers which organise what is being said, handling hesitation and ungrammatical speech, inferring information, identifying speaker-s mood, recognising different levels of formality.

Task 2 – Making Notes

Candidates listen to a recorded monologue, usually a lecture, in three parts. Before each part they hear a recorded question. While listening to the monologue the candidates must note down three pieces of information which are required to answer the question. At the end of each section the question is repeated and there is a pause for writing.

The recording will last between two and a half minutes and three minutes, is played only once, and may include specialist vocabulary and colloquial language, though the details needed to answer the question will be relatively clear and unambiguous. Texts will include significant quantities of material outside the area which is questioned. Texts may be specially written but will often be adapted from authentic sources on specialist topics.

This task tests understanding the main points, picking out important information, following discourse.

Task 3 – Excerpt from a Meeting

The text is an excerpt from a meeting of about 3 minutes in length. The task consists of eight multiple-choice questions, each including three options.

This task tests inferring information, understanding the main points, listening selectively, understanding and utilising features of redundancy, understanding detail, following discourse.


Speaking

The speaking paper consists of three tasks, and takes roughly 20 minutes, with an additional ten minutes given beforehand for preparation for Task 2. The candidates may use printed dictionaries during the preparation stage. The tasks are designed to elicit a range of speaking skills. Candidates are examined in pairs with two examiners present, one acting as an interlocutor, the other as an assessor.

Task 1 – Warm-up

Candidates first find out more about each other by asking questions and having a short conversation. As the candidates’ skills in basic social interaction and conversation on familiar topics are being tested, they should be attentive to turn-taking and at the same time attempt full responses, taking the initiative to expand on their answers by giving their opinions, explanations, expressing preferences, and describing people and places.

This task tests comparing, stating an opinion / preference, giving explanations, describing a place, describing a person.

Task 2 – Presentation and Discussion

Each candidate receives a sheet with two statements; the task is to give a 2-minute presentation, or talk, on one of the topics. Before meeting the examiner, the candidate has ten minutes to prepare and make notes, which they can use when actually giving the presentation. The statements are focused on topics of general interest and intended to elicit an opinion, either in support of or against the statement. The candidate is not judged on their opinion, and no specific knowledge is required.

While candidate A is giving his or her presentation, candidate B takes notes, to use to initiate a short discussion on the content of the presentation. Candidate B is not obliged to agree or disagree, but this would certainly be the most natural and comfortable path to take. It is important that candidate B refers to things that candidate A has said, and responds to them, rather than referring only to the topic in general.

The same procedure is repeated with candidate A responding to candidate B’s presentation.

This task tests describing cause and effect, comparing, describing experiences, giving reasons, describing personal reactions/emotions.

Task 3 – Discussion

The candidates receive a task card with instructions from the interlocutor. Typically, the card has four photographs; the context of the task is that the candidates have been asked to find and choose photographs for the cover of a book on a given theme. The task is to talk about what aspects of the theme each picture illustrates, about what other images they could include, and finally to decide which images would be most appropriate, and why.

The task tests stating an opinion / preference, giving reasons, comparing, and agreeing/
disagreeing.

Topics on the speaking test

The possible topics may include rather general Business topics including the following:

  • Typical office equipment
  • Telephoning
  • Description of graphs and charts
  • Money
  • Products and services: manufacturing
  • Tasks at work
  • Working hours and salary
  • Organisational hierachy
  • Everyday work-related expressions
  • Work and business documents
  • Venues and event in business
  • Trade and commerce
  • Sales and marketing

Overview of exam

Test

Number of tasks

Time (minutes)

Marks

Reading

3

45'

25

Writing

2

60'

25

Listening

3

40'

25

Speaking

3

20'

25

Total

 

2h 45 min + breaks

100

 

Level descriptors

 

C1 level

Listening

Can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signaled explicitly.
Can understand television programmes and films without too much effort.

Reading

Can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style.
Can understand specialised articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my field.

Spoken Interaction

Can express myself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
Can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes.
Can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate my contribution skilfully to those of other speakers.

Spoken Production

Can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.

Writing

Can express myself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length.
Can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what I consider to be the salient issues.
Can select a style appropriate to the reader in mind.