English for Business (EfB) Preliminary Level


This qualification is intended for candidates who have achieved a fundamental understanding of English in a business context and who have the ability to use the language in a practical way at a very basic level. The qualification consists of a mandatory reading and writing exam and optional speaking and listening exams.


The qualification’s aims are to enable candidates to develop their basic linguistic ability, in a predictable business English context, in order to:

< identify basic data, facts and instructions

< produce basic, formulaic text

< listen and understand short, basic, business-related English conversations and announcements

< understand basic, spoken and recorded business English

< participate in short conversations in routine contexts

Syllabus Topics

< Basic office or place of work descriptions

< Basic jobs and roles in a work context

< Basic social language within a business context

< Basic work or business related instructions and directions

< Simple numerical information

< Standard business or work-related messages


Guided Learning Hours: 60 - 70

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