B1 Business Preliminary results are reported on the Cambridge English Scale.
You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English, giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.
For more information about the Cambridge English Scale, download our factsheet
When will I get my B1 Business Preliminary Statement of Results?
All candidates receive a Statement of Results, and if you are successful in the exam you will also receive a certificate.
Your Statement of Results is released online, approximately four to six weeks after the exam for paper-based exams, and two to three weeks after the exam for computer-based exams. The fastest way to get your results is to sign up to our free online results service.
When will I get my B1 Business Preliminary certificate?
We send your certificate to your exam centre about three weeks after results are available. Your exam centre then sends it on to you.
- If you took a paper-based exam, your certificate will be sent to your centre seven to nine weeks after the date of your exam.
- If you took a computer-based exam, your certificate will be sent to your centre five to six weeks after your exam date.
B1 Business Preliminary Scale Scores
Depending on which university, college or organisation you are applying to, you may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill. For B1 Business Preliminary, the following scores will be used to report results:
|Cambridge English Scale Score
||Pass with Distinction
||Pass with Merit
The exam is targeted at Level B1 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above B1 (Level B2) and the level below (Level A2).
Scores between 120 and 139 are also reported on your Statement of Results, but you will not receive the Business English Certificate Preliminary.
The relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in B1 Business Preliminary is illustrated below: