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.
ALCE™ and BCCE™ administration dates in New Hampshire for 2017
|November 14 - December 14, 2016|
|January 21||November 21 - December 21, 2016|
|January 28||November 28 - December 28, 2016|
|January 29||November 29 - December 29, 2016|
|February 04||January 11 - January 20, 2017|
|December 19 - January 19, 2017|
|December 20 - January 26, 2017|
|March 2017||March 04||January 04 - February 06, 2017|
|March 11||January 09 - February 12, 2017|
|March 18||January 18 - February 20, 2017|
|April 2017||April 01||February 01 - March 01, 2017|
|May 2017||May 13||March 13 - April 13, 2017|
|May 20||March 20 - April 20, 2017|
|May 21||March 21 - April 21, 2017|
|May 27||March 27 - April 27, 2017|
|June 2017||June 03||April 03 - May 03, 2017|
|June 04||April 04 - May 04, 2017|
|June 10||April 10 - May 10, 2017|
|June 17||April 17 - May 17, 2017|
|June 24||April 24 - May 24, 2017|
Please see details of the ALCE examinations.