London Chamber of Commerce (business)

London Chamber of Commerce English for Business (EFB) examinations.

About the EFB Exams

A growing number of companies are using the examination as a focus for in-company training courses and are also recognizing the exam for recruitment purposes.

Many universities in the United Kingdom recognise EFB as a suitable entry requirement for international students to business-related courses of study. There are four levels of EFB exams, linked to the Common Europeran Framework and ILS Levels as follows:

EFB Level 4



EFB Level 3


Strong Upper Int/ Pre-advanced

EFB Level 2


Strong Intermediate

EFB Level 1


Strong Pre Intermediate

EFB Preliminary


Strong Elementary

When, where and how often can the test be taken

ILS is an LCCI examination centre and can arrange examinations for companies on demand.

What does the exam consist of?

Each EFB exam is divided into two basic parts and two extra optional parts. ILS usually organises the basic examination only but can also provide the options if demand is sufficient.

Reading (5-7 sections, 60 minutes)

Writing (2 tasks, 30 to 70 minutes)

Optional Listening Comprehension (3-4 sections, 40 minutes)

Optional Speaking (10-15 minutes)

Reading tasks range from short notices and memos to reports and articles, with multiple choice comprehension questions, matching, proof-reading and filling in forms. Grammar is tested indirectly in this paper with exercises in which the students have to choose the best words to fill gaps in a text or find incorrect words in a text.

The writing paper consists of two pieces of Business Correspondence: at lower levels, memos and short business letters; at higher levels, letters and reports.

The listening material includes short conversations and monologues, as well as discussions, interviews and presentations. Examinees are asked to answer multiple choice and matching questions, take telephone messages, take notes, and complete forms.

There are three parts to the speaking exam: small talk, mini-presentations, and a short discussion in which the candidates are asked to come to an agreement.