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 2018
|November 13 - December 13, 2017|
|January 27||November 27 - December 29, 2017|
|January 28||November 27 - December 29, 2017|
|February 17||December 18, 2017 - January 19, 2018|
|February 24||December 20 - January 24, 2018|
|December 20 - January 24, 2018|
|March 2018||March 03||January 02 - February 02, 2018|
|March 17||January 16 - February 16, 2018|
|March 18||January 16 - February 16, 2018|
|May 2018||May 05||March 12 - April 12, 2018|
|May 12||March 12 - April 12, 2018|
|May 19||March 19 - April 19, 2018|
|May 20||March 20 - April 20, 2018|
|May 26||March 26 - April 26, 2018|
|May 27||March 26 - April 26, 2018|
|June 2018||June 02||April 02 - May 02, 2018|
|June 09||April 09 - May 09, 2018|
|June 16||April 16 - May 16, 2018|
|June 23||April 23 - May 23, 2018|
|October 2018||October 20||August 20 - September 20, 2018|
|December 2018||December 01||October 01 - November 01, 2018|
|December 15||October 15 - November 15, 2018|
|December 16||October 15 - November 15, 2018|
Please see details of the ALCE examinations.