Business English Level Test (CEFR)

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This is not an official qualification, but it can give you a good idea of your level of Business English, following CEFR (Common European Framework Reference) guidelines. Read the questions and choose the correct answer.

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  • 1.
    Where are you from?.
    • A. I’m German.
    • B. I’m from Italian.
    • C. My name’s Jim Stokes.
    • 2.
      John lives in London, but he works in Brussels.
      • A. He’s an employee.
      • B. He’s a businessman.
      • C. He’s a commuter.
    • 3.
      Are you a student?
      • A. Yes, I are.
      • B. Yes, I study.
      • C. No, I’m not.
    • 4.
      What does he do?
      • A. He’s engineer.
      • B. He’s drinking coffee.
      • C. He works at Walmart.
    • 5.
      Who helps people with legal problems?
      • A. A teacher.
      • B. A lawyer.
      • C. An accountant.
    • 6.
      An accountant…
      • A. Builds houses.
      • B. Works with money.
      • C. Helps people in shops.
    • 7.
      “Hi, I’m John Gray.”
      • A. Hi John, that’s nice.
      • B. Who are you?
      • C. Hello. Pleased to meet you.
    • 8.
      “What company are you with John?”
      • A. I work for BIT Computers.
      • B. I working for BIT Computers.
      • C. I’m from computers.
    • 9.
      When you go to reception in a company, you often get….
      • A. A business card.
      • B. A telephone call.
      • C. A visitor’s badge.
    • 10.
      You usually get a business card…
      • A. After a meeting.
      • B. At dinner.
      • C. From the receptionist.
    • 11.
      A person or company that produces large amounts of goods is a …
      • A. Manufacturer.
      • B. Retailer.
      • C. Buyer.
    • 12.
      A retailer sells…
      • A. Goods in bulk to the store owners.
      • B. Goods directly to the public.
      • C. Raw materials to the manufacturers.
    • 13.
      He is one of the founders who … the business in 1985.


  • 14.
    Which sentence is correct?
    • A. Often I am giving presentations in my job.
    • B. Often I make presentations in my work.
    • C. I often give presentations in my job.
  • 15.
    Who is responsible for checking payments?
    • A. A financial analyst.
    • B. An economist.
    • C. An accountant.
  • 16.
    Which question is correct?
    • A. What does your company?
    • B. What kind of company do you work for?
    • C. Where is responsible to manage projects in your company?
  • 17.
    What’s your job title and what do you do?


  • 18.
    Trainees don’t …
    • A. Don’t earn much money.
    • B. Don’t learn much.
    • C. Don’t need any qualifications.
  • 19.
    The internet allows people to … their lives from the computer.
    • A. Purchase
    • B. Service
    • C. Manage
  • 20.
    Buying goods online is a form of …
    • A. Accounting.
    • B. Self-service.
    • C. Production.
  • 21.
    Which of the following describes when two companies join together?
    • A. It’s called an acquisition.
    • B. It’s a takeover.
    • C. It means the companies merged.
  • 22.
    Which of the following describes a supplier?
    • A. A company that distributes finished products to end-users.
    • B. A company that sells materials or services to other companies.
    • C. A company that buys finished goods and sells them on.
  • 23.
    Whose interests do trade unions represent?
    • A. Shareholders
    • B. Workers
    • C. Senior Managers
  • 24.
    What is a public limited company?
    • A. A company whose shares can be bought and sold.
    • B. A company owned by the government.
    • C. A company with very few shareholders.
  • 25.
    What is a holding company?
    • A. A company owned by another company.
    • B. A company whose shares are traded on the stock exchange.
    • C. A company that owns one or more other companies.
  • 26.
    What is a subsidiary?
    • A. A company owned by another company.
    • B. A group of many different companies.
    • C. A merger of two different companies.
  • 27.
    Which of the following departments is responsible for patents?
    • A. Human Resources
    • B. Finance
    • C. Legal Affairs
  • 28.
    What is a lease?
    • A. Rent on a building on a temporary basis.
    • B. A contract to buy a building for business purposes.
    • C. Permanent ownership of a building.
  • 29.
    What type of structure does a hierarchical organisation have?
    • A. Many managers with decision-making at the top.
    • B. Few managers with decision-making at the top.
    • C. Many managers with decision-making shared.
  • 30.
    What are tangible assets?
    • A. All the raw materials and stock a company owns.
    • B. Everything belonging to a company that can be sold.
    • C. All the finished goods a company hasn’t sold yet.
  • 31.
    When two companies agree to work together, this is called …
    • A. An alliance.
    • B. An acquisition.
    • C. A merger.
  • 32.
    An organisation consisting of several companies is called ..
    • A. A portfolio.
    • B. A merger.
    • C. A conglomerate.
  • 33.
    By 2004, the company ________ an impressive portfolio.
    • A. Had built up
    • B. Built up
    • C. Will have built up
  • 34.
    We ________ to lose so much money in the 1st quarter of last year.
    • A. Don’t expect
    • B. Didn’t expect
    • C. Haven’t expected
  • 35.
    We met our partners for the first time …
    • A. Since several weeks.
    • B. For several weeks.
    • C. Several weeks ago.
  • 36.
    Strategic alliances allow companies to share …
    • A. Synergies.
    • B. Resources.
    • C. Fortunes.
  • 37.
    What ________ of business are you in?
    • A. Line
    • B. Circle
    • C. Shape
  • 38.
    Bid is another word for …
    • A. Purchase.
    • B. Offer.
    • C. Buy.
  • 39.
    That company went ________ business years ago.
    • A. Under
    • B. Out of
    • C. Off
  • 40.
    ‘Hello! I don’t think …’
    • A. We met, did we?
    • B. We meet, do we?
    • C. We’ve met, have we?