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FAQs

LanguageCert International ESOL FAQ

Why choose LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications?
  • Written and Spoken exams can be taken separately, leading to two independent certificates.
  • Written and Spoken exams of the same, or different, levels can be taken either together or one at a time according to your needs (e.g. Speaking can be taken as a standalone exam if only proof of speaking ability is required).
  • Grammar and vocabulary are integrated into the three sections of the Written exam and are not examined separately.
  • The Written exam is uninterrupted and does not include time limits per section. This provides you with the freedom to allocate your time as you like, without waiting for others to finish.
  • The Spoken exam is always recorded, guaranteeing impartiality and ensuring the potential for remarking.
  • Each candidate is examined individually by a LanguageCert Interlocutor, who engages in the conversation but does not assess you. The evaluation takes place at a later stage by a LanguageCert Marker.
How LanguageCert International ESOL and other English language qualifications map to the CEFR?

Based on official data published by English Language test owners, the table below outlines how each qualification measures against the CEFR levels.

CEFR

LanguageCert

Cambridge

Trinity GESE

Pearson PTE

IELTS

TOEFL iBT

C2

C2 Mastery

Proficiency

Grade 12

85-90

8.5 - 9.0

95 - 120

C1

C1 Expert

Advanced

Grade 10 & 11

76-84

7.0 - 8.0

B2

B2 Communicator

First

Grade 7, 8 & 9

59-75

5.5 - 6.5

72 - 94

B1

B1 Achiever

Preliminary

Grade 5 & 6

43-58

4.0 - 5.0

42 -71

A2

A2 Access

Key

Grade 3 & 4

30-42

 

 

A1

A1 Preliminary

 

Grade 2

22-29

 

 

As per Oct. 2018 review

What can I use a LanguageCert International ESOL qualification for?

LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications can be used internationally for school curriculum requirements, as well as for university entry and/or graduation, employment and career progression.

Where can I find information on LanguageCert International ESOL exams?

To find all the information you need on LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications click here.

Are LanguageCert International ESOL exams mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)?

All levels of the LanguageCert International ESOL exams are mapped to the levels of the CEFR.

What is the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)?

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is a guideline used to assess and describe foreign language proficiency across Europe and, increasingly, worldwide. The six CEFR levels are widely accepted as the European and global standard for evaluating an individual's language proficiency.

To find more about the full alignment of LanguageCert International ESOL exams with the CEFR levels click here.

How can I tell which level the learner is at?
  • Look through the sample practice papers provided on our website. Teachers should be able to assess whether a student can cope with the demands of a certain level of examination after a brief interview.
Do I have to take a specific course in order to sit LanguageCert International ESOL exams?

You are not required to complete any course in order to take the LanguageCert International ESOL exams. If you feel confident about your English language level, you can sit for the exams straight away. It is, however, recommended that you undertake a short course that explains the different exam tasks. All our LanguageCert Approved Test Centres offer courses which prepare candidates for our exams. You should contact your nearest Test Centre ahead of your exam to enquire about the available courses.

Do I have to follow a certain course book?

LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications assess English language proficiency, not whether you are familiar with a specific exam format. Any English course book can be used.

Books containing LanguageCert International ESOL Practice Papers are available from a number of Publishing Houses.

Where can I find sample exam papers?

To find a full suite of LanguageCert International ESOL Written and Spoken sample papers click here.

What’s the minimum/maximum age limit to sit an exam?

There is no age limit.

When and where can the exams be taken?

Test Centres set their own exam session schedules. Please contact your nearest Test Centre for information on test dates. To find your nearest Test Centre please click here or contact us.

How much do exams cost and where does it need to be paid?

Please contact your nearest Test Centre for information on test fees.

What is the duration of the exam?

Exam duration varies depending on the level.

Can I take LanguageCert International ESOL Written and Spoken exams separately?

Written and Spoken exams of the same, or different, level can be taken together or separately according to your requirements (e.g. the Speaking exam can be taken as a standalone exam if only proof of speaking ability is needed).

Do I take the Spoken exam in pairs?

No. You are examined individually so you can perform at your best.

The Spoken exam is conducted by an Interlocutor appointed by LanguageCert. The Interlocutor does not assess you; the evaluation takes place at a later stage by a LanguageCert Marker.

Can I use a dictionary during the exam?

You are not allowed to use dictionaries or any other aids during the LanguageCert International ESOL exams.

What is the pass mark? What grades are awarded?

You can receive a grade of High Pass, Pass or Fail.

Pass Mark for the Written exam: at least 50% overall in all sections. No thresholds or limitations per section.

Pass Mark for the Spoken exam: 50%. A High pass is awarded to candidates with and overall score of 66% or more.

Do Test Centres get involved in the assessment?

Test Centres are responsible for exam administration, but they do not get involved in the assessment. Al marking is carried out by LanguageCert.

Who assesses the Spoken exams?
Spoken exams are recorded and sent to LanguageCert Markers for assessment.
Are the LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications recognised?

LanguageCert ESOL exams are widely recognised. To find out which countries recognise LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications, click here.

When will I receive my LanguageCert International ESOL results?

Results are released 10 business days after you sit your exam.

When will I receive my LanguageCert International ESOL certificates?
  • E-certificate: sent with the release of results.
  • Hard-copy certificate: sent a week after the release of results.
Who informs me of my results?

You are informed of your results either by LanguageCert or your Test Centre.

Will my LanguageCert certificates be sent directly to me?

Certificates may be sent directly to you or to the Test Centre.

How long are the certificates valid for?

LanguageCert certificates do not expire. However, it is recommended you check whether there are any specific requirements from receiving organisations.

Who do I contact if I lose my certificate?

You need to contact the Test Centre where you took the exam or LanguageCert.

What happens if I pass the Written or the Spoken exam but not both?

You will be awarded a certificate for the exam you succeed in.

When you feel ready, you can re-sit the exam that you failed. There is no time limit on re-sitting the exam, or a limit to the number of times you wish to do so. LanguageCert suggests consulting with your language school/teacher, in order to decide the best approach.

How can I verify the validity of my LanguageCert International ESOL certificate?

To check the validity of a LanguageCert International ESOL certificate, use the Online Certificate Verification Service.

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