The Basic Communication Certificate in English (BCCE™) examination is designed for students who require certification of their competency in English as a second or other language at an intermediate level. The BCCE™ is aimed at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and was designed to bridge the gap between A2 and B2 level examinations.
The BCCE™ is developed and scored by Hellenic American University. All parts of the examination are written following specific guidelines and test specifications. Items are pre-tested to ensure standardization and validity. Care is taken that the tests are fair and accessible to all examinees.
The BCCE™ tests communicative competency in all four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as their vocabulary and grammar resources.
Hellenic American University BCCE™ and ALCE™ scoring system changes as of January 2014
Hellenic American University has announced that the scoring system for the BCCE™ and ALCE™ will change as follows:
- Each of the four test sections – listening, GVR, writing, and speaking – will now be marked on a scale of 0 to 1,000. Despite the change in the scale, candidates will be given the same information about how well they have done on each section as the previous system provided. Each section will carry equal weight in determining the final grade.
- The passing score for each section will be 650 out of 1,000. The scores for each section will be combined and then averaged to give a total possible average scale score of 1,000 for all four sections. This replaces the previous scale score system of 30 for each section, with a combined total possible scale score of 120.
- Candidates who achieve an averaged total scaled score of at least 650 out of a possible 1,000 will pass the test, regardless of the number of sections they have passed. This means that candidates will no longer need to pass at least three sections in order to pass the test. The level of language proficiency required to pass each section will not change.
- All candidates, irrespective of their result, will receive a score report which details their achievement on each section of the test. Passing candidates will receive a certificate that can be used for personal, professional or academic purposes.
BCCE™ administration dates in New Hampshire for 2019
|November 20, 2018 - December 20, 2018|
|Saturday 26||November 26, 2018 - December 28, 2018|
|Sunday 27||November 26, 2018 - December 27, 2018|
|Saturday 23||December 20, 2018 - January 23, 2019|
|March 2019||Saturday 2||January 02, 2019 - February 04, 2019|
|Saturday 16||January 16, 2019 - February 18, 2019|
|Sunday 17||January 17, 2019 - February 18, 2019|
|Saturday 30||January 28, 2019 - February 28, 2019|
|May 2019||Saturday 11||March 11, 2019 - April 11, 2019|
|Saturday 18||March 18, 2019 - April 18, 2019|
|Sunday 19||March 19, 2019 - April 19, 2019|
|Saturday 25||March 26, 2019 - April 26, 2019|
|Sunday 26||March 26, 2019 - April 26, 2019|
|June 2019||Saturday 01||April 01, 2019 - May 02, 2019|
|Saturday 08||April 08, 2019 - May 08, 2019|
|Saturday 15||April 15, 2019 - May 15, 2019|
|Sunday 16||April 16, 2019 - May 16, 2019|
|Saturday 22||April 22, 2019 - May 22, 2019|
|October 2019||Saturday 19||August 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019|
|November 2019||Saturday 30||October 1, 2019 – October 30, 2019|
|December 2019||Saturday 14||October 14, 2019 – November 14, 2019|
|Sunday 15||October 15 - November 15, 2019|
Please see details of the ALCE examinations.