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BEC Vantage - Diagnostic test

This test gauges the level of preparedness of candidates for the BEC Vantage exam. Allow 45 minutes.

READING (2 parts - allow 15 minutes)

Part One

Read the article about business meetings. Choose the correct word (A, B, C or D) to fill each gap.

What are meetings really for?

We have all come out of a meeting thinking, ‘What was that all about?’ or ‘What a (0)

was!’ Worse than that, many of us often have these thoughts during the meeting, in which (1) we either start daydreaming or we start thinking about other jobs that we have to do. Some companies

have even (2) to (3)

So what’s the answer? How do we ensure that meetings are useful and (4)

is to have very clear (5) information? Is it to (6)

to support a decision that has already been taken?

The next (7)

as effective, and probably a lot cheaper, to communicate the message by e-mail or just by calling the various people (8)

If you do decide to call people together for a meeting, make sure of two more things: first, that, before

the meeting, you circulate the (9) during the meeting people speak (10)

of time that

laptops and Blackberries from meetings so that participants won’t be tempted with other work.

? The first thing

Is the aim of the meeting to collect ideas? Is it to present new

a decision on something? Or is it, as is often the case, to get people

is to ask yourself if a meeting is the best way to achieve this aim. It could be just

, so that everyone can be prepared; and secondly that and in clear, plain language.

0 A loss

e.g. B waste

C lack

D occupation

1 A case

B way

C example

D time

2 A cancelled

B stopped

C banned

D prevented

3 A going on

B get on

C hold on

D take on

4 A producing

B produced

C productivity D productive

5 A objectives

B objects

C meanings

D points

6 A arrive

B gain

C agree

D reach

7 A pace

B step

C phase

D period

8 A implied

B relevant

C concerned

D including

9 A menu

B discussion

C list

D agenda

10 A briefly

B shortly

C rapidly

D slightly

Part Two

Read the article about organisations. In most of the lines 11 – 15 there is one extra word. It is either grammatically incorrect or does not fit in with the meaning of the text. Some lines, however, are correct.

If a line is correct, write CORRECT next to it.

If it is incorrect, write the unnecessary word next to it.

If it is incorrect, write the unnecessary word next to it. ©Marshall Cavendish Ltd. Summertown Publishing
If it is incorrect, write the unnecessary word next to it. ©Marshall Cavendish Ltd. Summertown Publishing

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Correct

Organisations are rather like families. Some have leaders (parents) who are very

0

out

well suited to the job of getting the best out from their employees (children). In

11

other cases those responsible have no idea how to manage a group of people,

12

because their own leaders did not never provide a good model for them to follow.

13

So bad habits and practices can be passed on from one generation to the another.

14

That is why the board of directors, if a company is not performing well, it will

15

replace all of senior management in an attempt to change the culture of the organisation.

WRITING (allow 10 minutes)

Read the question and then look at the candidate’s answer below. It is too formal and too long. Change the underlined phrases to make it shorter and more informal. (Use the spaces provided.)

Question One

• You are on a sales trip for your company, a furniture manufacturer. A customer has asked for a

quotation for 100 tables. You do not know the price for this type of table, because it is very new.

Write an e-mail to Sylvia Young, your colleague at the head office:

• explaining the situation

• asking her to send the quotation to the customer.

• Write 40 – 50 words.

Dear Ms Young,

e.g

Dear

Sylvia

(0)

A

of

customer with whom I had a meeting yesterday has requested that we supply a quotation for 100

the new Svardik tables.

(1)

Unfortunately, the information I need, namely the new price list, is on my desk at the office, not with me.

(2)

Would you be so kind as to send him a quotation directly?

(3)

The name of the customer in question is Gerald Amor and he can be contacted on the following e-mail address: gamor@dv8.com.

I

am most grateful to you for your help.

(4)

 

(5)

SPEAKING (allow 10 minutes)

Study the question from Part Three of the Speaking test. Then complete the conversation between the candidates. Use ONE word per space.

Your company has been invited to participate in a careers fair at a university. It is an opportunity to present the company to graduates who are looking for a job. Discuss together:

- what information you should present to these young graduates

- how you can make the company attractive to them.

- how you can make the company attractive to them. ©Marshall Cavendish Ltd. Summertown Publishing is
- how you can make the company attractive to them. ©Marshall Cavendish Ltd. Summertown Publishing is

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Candidate A:

OK. So, (0) _ as

you know, the company has been invited to participate in the Careers

Fair at the university. We (1)

to decide what information to present. What do you

(2)

?

Candidate B:

(3)

me, the important (4)

is to have a really colourful and interesting

display so that we attract people to the stand in the first (5)

 

Candidate A:

Yes, I know. But before (6) graduates want.

about that, we should discuss what information these

Candidate B:

OK. I think they want to know what it’s like to work in a big company (7)

ours. (8)

example, do people do the same job for years and years? Or do they have opportunities to change job and even location?

Candidate A:

I (9)

with you. If we could present to them one employee’s personal story, that

(10)

be really helpful.

LISTENING (allow 10 minutes)

You will hear TWO telephone conversations or messages.

Write one or two words or a number in the numbered spaces on the notes or forms below.

You will hear the recording twice.

MEDICARE SUPPLIES Internal Message

From:

Sarah Brown

To:

Jimmy White

Re:

Next week’s Trade Fair

- Opening times for exhibitors are Sunday, 3 – (1)

- There is an (3)

- From there, you can take the (5)

pm and (2)

, 6 – 9 am. Street and Eden Drive.

car park on the corner of (4)

to the main exhibition hall.

From:

Carrie

To:

Bill Srebotnik

Re:

Customer order

Telephone Message

Mr John (1) The model is a (4)

received his hi-fi (2)

late. He says there is no (3)

3760. I said you would call him again (5)

with the unit.

3760. I said you would call him again (5) with the unit. ©Marshall Cavendish Ltd. Summertown
3760. I said you would call him again (5) with the unit. ©Marshall Cavendish Ltd. Summertown

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