Format and Content of the BCCE

Section Time Short Description Number of items
Listening



Approx. 30 minutes


Part 1 (multiple choice)

A short recorded conversation is followed by a question. The answer choices are shown as pictures.

10

Part 2 (multiple choice)

A short recorded message or announcement is followed by a question that is also printed in the test booklet.

9

Part 3 (multiple choice)

A recorded radio interview is broken into three segments. Two questions follow each segment. The questions are also printed in the test booklet.

6

Part 4 (multiple choice)

A short recorded talk is followed by five questions that are also printed in the test booklet.

5
Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading (GVR)

70 minutes

Grammar (multiple choice)

An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.

25

Vocabulary (multiple choice)

An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is semantically correct.

25

Reading Part 1 (multiple choice)

Four short related texts presented as advertisements or reviews are accompanied by ten questions.

10

Reading Part 2 (multiple choice)

A short argumentative text is accompanied by five questions.

5

Reading Part 3 (multiple choice)

A short informal email is accompanied by five questions.

5

Reading Part 4 (multiple choice)

A short text is accompanied by five questions.

5
Writing 50 minutes

Task A: Email 1

Candidates write an informal email using provided information.

2 tasks

Task B: Email 2

Candidates write a competition entry email using provided information.

Speaking 10 – 15 minutes

Task 1: Warm Up

Candidates answer non-sensitive personal questions.

4 tasks

Task 2: Picture-related questions

Candidates are presented with a picture and are asked to answer picture-related questions.

Task 3: Role Play

Candidates take part in a role-play activity.

Task 4: General Questions

Candidates answer general questions related to the role play.

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