Language Cert

Language Cert

What are the LanguageCert exams?

LanguageCert offers high quality qualifications to the global learners’ community, including language skills assessment and certification in different languages for education, professional or migration purposes. If you are looking to study, work or live abroad then taking a LanguageCert exam could help you get there.

Who develops the LanguageCert exams?

LanguageCert is a member of PeopleCert Group, a leading global certification organisation, bridging English language qualifications heritage with advanced examination and assessment technologies.

LanguageCert is regulated by Ofqual and Qualification Wales and is a Home Office approved provider of SELT exams for UK Visas & Immigration.

Why choose LanguageCert exams?

  • LanguageCert is committed to developing and delivering high-quality, internationally recognised language exams that enhance the career, education and life prospects of individuals worldwide.
  • Reliable – High-quality, reliable exams developed to the most rigorous standards.
  • Recognised – LanguageCert offers high-stakes exams that are officially recognised and accepted by an ever-growing number of higher education institutions globally, organisations and government bodies in the UK and internationally.
  • 10,000+ exam locations in 200 countries. 
  • Admission to English-speaking universities and colleges.
  • UK border visa applications.
  • Click here for a comprehensive list of universities, colleges and bodies worldwide that accept the LanguageCert IESOL(International English for Speakers of Other Languages) exams.
  • Innovative – Flexible and pioneering exam administration technologies and systems. Award winning technologies including Online Proctoring and Instant Scan & Mark.
  • Easy booking – The booking system is flexible and tailored to the candidate’s personal schedule, while the whole process is simple and secure with results available in just 3 working days.
  • Online proctored exams with remote, live invigilation provide a secure and reliable way for candidates of all ages to take high-stakes exams from their preferred location without having to visit a Test Centre.
  • LanguageCert Online exams make the entire process more accessible and tailored to the needs of individual candidates.
  • Fast – Exams can be booked up to 4 hours in advance with results released in just 3 business days.
  • Flexible – Available 24/7/365 and can be taken anytime, at any preferred location.
  • Friendly – A real person is online to ensure a comfortable, secure and stress-free experience.
  • Security – LanguageCert’s proprietary, cutting-edge software guides candidates through the exam process, making sure their experience is comfortable, stress-free and secure. Candidates are identified by an online invigilator through a secure ID process. They are monitored throughout to ensure that the testing environment meets the highest security standards, while their award-winning security software, ExamShield, locks down their device. All LanguageCert invigilators are expertly trained and frequently monitored to the highest of standards.
  • Excellent customer service offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • 8,000 subject matter experts, associates and invigilators.
  • Correlated to the the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) 

Who takes the LanguageCert exams?

The overall objective of the LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications is to provide candidates with a qualification that they can use where the ability to speak, write and understand verbal and written English is required. 

The qualifications are suitable for:

  • Non-native speakers of English worldwide
  • Young people or adults attending an English course either in the UK or overseas
  • Students learning English as part of their school or college curriculum 
  • People needing English for their everyday or working life
  • Learners who require externally recognized certification of their command of the English language
  • Those who are attending courses over a period and require a series of graded examinations which provide steps in the ladder of English language proficiency
  • Learners attending short courses in English
  • Visa applicants who need to demonstrate that they have met the required level of English by passing a test with a UK Home Office approved Secure English Language Testing (SELT) provider.

Which LanguageCert test should I take?

There are different types of LanguageCert tests you can take depending on what you want to do such as applying for a job or a college/university abroad or if you’re looking to emigrate or simply demonstrate your English skills.

Before booking your test, make sure to check which test you need with the organisations you are applying to.

LanguageCert offers different exam types depending on your needs. These include;

  • Online exams
  • Test center exams 
  • SELT Test center exams 

Online exams 

LanguageCert Online exams with remote, live invigilation are based on award-winning technology that is owned and managed end-to-end by the PeopleCert Group. They provide a secure and reliable way for candidates of all ages to take high-stakes, internationally recognised exams from their preferred location without having to visit a Test Centre. 

The exams are available to candidates of all ages. For candidates under the age of 16, guardian consent is required when booking.

This approach to assessment makes the entire exam process more accessible and tailored to the needs of individual candidates, while maintaining the highest security standards and offering international recognition.

Candidates have the option to either book LanguageCert Online exams with remote, live invigilation individually through the LanguageCert website, or register for Online exams by contacting us (form)

What are the key benefits of Online exams?

  • Fast – Exams can be booked up to 4 hours in advance with results released in just 3 business days.
  • Flexible – Available 24/7/365 and can be taken anytime, at any preferred location.
  • Friendly – A real person is online to ensure a comfortable, secure and stress-free experience.

LanguageCert in partnership with LTS offers the following English Language tests.

  • IESOL (International English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • SELT (Secure English Language Test)

LanguageCert International ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

LanguageCert International ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is a suite of English language qualifications specially designed for those intending to study, live, work or travel around the globe. It evaluates all of your English skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking 

Why take the LanguageCert International ESOL Exams?

Flexible examination dates

  • Can be taken online with remote, live invigilation.
  • Frequent exams available on demand throughout the year.

Integrity of total external assessment 

All exams are externally set and are assessed by a closed group of markers at LanguageCert, regularly standardised through training to ensure consistency and objectivity of assessment that is benchmarked against the CEFR.

Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations) recognition

LanguageCert is an Awarding company recognized and regulated by Ofqual. Ofqual is a non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications, exams and tests in England. Ofqual is independent of government and reports directly to Parliament.

UK Home Office recognition

LanguageCert is authorised by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to deliver Home Office approved, Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) in the UK and globally. UKVI is the part of the Home Office which runs the UK’s visa service. LanguageCert’s SELTs are a secure, reliable, trusted and attractive choice for candidates applying for UK visas where English language ability must be demonstrated. 

International Recognition

LanguageCert’s International English Qualifications (IEQs) are quality English language exams recognised by employers, educational institutions and professional bodies worldwide for both academic progression and employment.

Relevance

The tasks are sufficiently universal to suit all language learning styles and preparation methods. 

Exam content authentically replicates real-life English in use. All efforts are made to minimise bias, including statistical analysis methods.

The exams focus on communication skills which means little exam-specific preparation.

Fast results and certificate issuing;

– Your results and e-certificates are available 10 days after the exam.

– Hard copy certificate is issued shortly after your results release.

Life-long certificate validity

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

Paper and computer-based exam options 

You have the option of taking either the paper-based or computer-based exams depending on what suits you. 

24/7/365 excellent customer service

The LanguageCert customer service team is available throughout to help you with any issues you may have.

Certificate validity verification at www.languagecert.org

High quality exams created by a dream team of world leading academics and powered by PeopleCert, a global leader in the certification industry and City & Guilds heritage in testing and assessment of English language skills.

Main features of the LanguageCert International ESOL exams

  • Written and Spoken exams can be taken separately, leading to two separate/ independent certificates to showcase your skills.

– Written exam (Listening, Reading, Writing)

– Spoken exam (Speaking)

  • 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.
  • Assessment of candidates’ real-life communication skills in English.
  • Uninterrupted exam (Reading & Writing parts) – candidates allocate the time as they wish.
  • Impartiality & possibility of re-marking – interview is recorded.
  • Assessment by qualified Markers ensuring reliable results.
  • Pass mark is 50%
  • Stress-free exam experience – similar exam structure on all levels (A1 – C2)

Features of the Written Exam

  • It comprises the Listening, Reading & Writing sections.
  • It is an uninterrupted exam, without time limits per section.
  • Grammar & vocabulary integrated in the Listening, Reading & Writing sections and not examined separately.
  • Pass mark: Overall 50%. No thresholds or limitations per section.
  • Paper & computer-based exam format, so you can select what you’re most comfortable with.

Features of the Spoken Exam

  • It comprises the Speaking section.
  • Each candidate is examined individually, so they can perform at their best.
  • The interview is conducted and recorded by a LanguageCert interlocutor to guarantee impartiality and ensure possibility of re-marking.
  • Interview is marked by qualified LanguageCert examiners.
  • The pass mark is 50%

Written exam

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

Spoken exam

  • Speaking

Levels

A1 – Preliminary

A2 – Access

B1 – Achiever

B2 – Communicator

C1 – Expert

C2 – Mastery

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.

Are LanguageCert International ESOL exams are 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.

How does 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

IELTS

TOEFL iBT

C2

C2 – Mastery

8.5 – 9.0

95 – 120

C1

C1 – Expert 

7.0 – 8.0

 

B2

B2 – Communicator

5.5 – 6.5

72 – 94

B1

B1 – Achiever

4.0 – 5.0

42 – 71

A2

A2 – Access

  

A1 

A1 – Preliminary 

  

As per October 2018 review 

How can I tell which level I am at as a candidate?

  • Look through the sample practice papers provided on the LanguageCert  website. 
  • Take the Quiz available on the LanguageCert website.
  • Refer to the CEFR can-do statements

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

There is no age limit.

When can I take the LanguageCert exams?

Test Centres set their own exam session schedules. Please contact us (form) for information on test dates.

Where can I take a LanguageCert exam?

You can take your exam at our testing center, or online at a time and place that suits you by taking a LanguageCert Online exam with remote, live invigilation.

LanguageCert Approved Test Centres: take your exam at our Approved Test Centre and choose between computer-based or paper-based exams. For information on available test dates or to find a Test Centre, contact us (form)

LanguageCert Online exams with remote, live invigilation: take your exam at a time of your choosing online. All you need is a quiet room with no distractions, a computer (PC or Mac), a webcam and an internet connection. For more information contact us.

What are the Online exam requirements?

  • Valid Government issued ID
  • A quiet room with no distractions, sufficient light and a clean desk
  • External or integrated webcam able to rotate 360-degrees
  • Screen width of minimum 15” with a resolution of 1024×768 or higher
  • Windows®: 10, 8.1, 8 or 7
  • Apple: MacOS Yosemite (10.10), El Capitan (10.11) or Sierra (10.12)
  • Internet connection with a speed of at least 4Mbps
  • A headset with a microphone

How much does the IESOL cost?

TEST (IESOL)

PRICE (KES)

(Live Remote Invigilation)

PRICE (KES)

(Test Center Exams – Paper/Computer Based)

A1 Preliminary – Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) & Spoken (Speaking) 

KES 7,550

A2 Access – Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) & Spoken (Speaking) 

KES 7,550

B1 Achiever – Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) & Spoken (Speaking) 

KES 7,550

KES 12,100

B2 Communicator – Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) & Spoken (Speaking) 

KES 9,550 

KES 18,700

C1 Expert – Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) & Spoken (Speaking) 

KES 11,000

KES 22,000

C2 Mastery – Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) & Spoken (Speaking) 

KES 12,100

KES 24,200

How much does the SELT(Secure English Language Test) cost?

TEST (SELT)

FEE (KES)

A1 Speaking & Listening

KES 20,100

A2 Speaking & Listening

KES 20,100

B1 Speaking & Listening

KES 20,100

B1 Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking 

KES 25,850

B2 Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking

KES 25,850

C1 Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking

KES 25,850

C2 Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking 

KES 25,850

Can I retake the test?

Yes, you can.

Candidates who sit an Online exam with remote, live invigilation have the option to purchase Take2, a straightforward and affordable solution to re-sit high-stakes language exams and future-proof against potential set-backs.

Take2 can be purchased by candidates individually or through our test center and are available up to 15 minutes before the exam start time. This provides candidates with the flexibility to take their exam when they feel ready, anytime 24/7, up to 6 months after the initial exam online, at a location of their choosing.

Retaking the test is;

  • Convenient – Schedule a re-sit up to 6 months after the initial exam, giving you time to prepare more fully.
  • Affordable – Enjoy attractive, fixed pricing at a greatly discounted rate.
  • Straightforward – Organising a re-sit is a quick and simple process.

Are there any Entry Requirements I need to take the test?

No.

  • There are no other qualifications that a candidate must achieve, prior to taking a LanguageCert International ESOL qualification.
  • There are no prior learning requirements that candidates must achieve/have prior to taking the LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications, however, it is important that centres offer candidates the most appropriate LanguageCert International ESOL qualification, depending on each candidate’s ability and needs. 

Test Center exams

LanguageCert offers exams through a variety of delivery methods. Paper-based and Computer-based exams are delivered through LanguageCert’s global network of approved Test Centers which are rigorously audited against high security standards to ensure the quality of their exam administration processes. Candidates taking LanguageCert exams at approved Test Centers can be confident in a reliable, stress-free and familiar experience.

SELT Test Center Exams 

LanguageCert SELT exams are offered through Prometric’s global network of Test Centres, which is rigorously audited against high security standards to ensure the quality of their exam administration processes.

LanguageCert SELT exams are only available at approved SELT Test Centres and are not available through LanguageCert Online exams with live remote invigilation.

Candidates have the option to either book SELT exams individually through the LanguageCert website (selt.languagecert.org), or register for SELT exams by contacting us (form)

What are the exam requirements for UK visa types?

For more information on the SELT exams for UK visa applications, please see the link below.

https://selt.languagecert.org/exam-types

What does the IESOL test?

The tables below show the format and features of International ESOL suite of examinations

Preliminary Level A1/Entry Level 

Listening: 20 minutes

Reading & Writing: 1 hour 20 minutes

Skill & Focus 

Task

Format 

Raw Marks

Listening 1: recognise simple key information in short statements

Listen twice to match seven short statements to letters, words, graphics and symbols

Three-option multiple choice question for each utterance

7

Listening 2: identify functions in short utterances typical of spoken English

Listen twice to choose the best reply to seven short utterances

Three-option multiple choice question for each utterance

7

Listening 3: identify a specific aspect of a conversation

Listen twice to six short conversations with two speakers to identify: topic, purpose, context, speakers, gist, relationship between

speakers, functions, attitudes, feeling and opinions

Three-option multiple choice question for each dialogue

6

Listening 4: extract key information from a dialogue

Listen twice to a conversation with two speakers to identify specific information

A form with six headings and multiple choice options to tick with the correct information for each heading

6

Skill & Focus 

Task 

Format

Raw Marks 

Reading 1: understanding of organisational and lexical features of the text

Six short texts with one gap per text 

One three-option multiple choice question for each text to complete each one correctly

6

Reading 2: understand the structure of a short simple text

Gapped text with five deletions and 1 distractor 

Gapped text followed by a choice of five options to complete the text correctly 

5

Reading 3: awareness of purpose of different text and ability to locate specific information

Four short texts, eg notice, letter, appointment card, with a linked theme, but with a different purpose

Seven multiple matching questions to identify information from the texts

7

Reading 4: identify meaning in short texts (8 short texts)

Table to complete with 8 items 

Match each statement to the appropriate text. 

8

Writing 1: simple sentences to communicate ideas or basic information

Instructions to write on a given topic, eg about themselves, daily life, people, where they live, what they do

Write four sentences (about 30 words)

12

Writing 2: short simple text for an intended audience

Instructions to write a letter, card, postcard or message about two given functions

20 – 30 words

12

Access Level (A2) 

Listening: 20 minutes

Reading and Writing: 1 hour 20 minutes

Skills & Focus 

Task

Format

Raw Marks 

Listening 1: recognise simple key information in short statements

Listen twice to match seven short statements to pictures, numbers, spellings, maps, plans, etc. Each item contains two pieces of information

Three-option multiple choice question for each utterance

7

Listening 2: identify functions in short utterances typical of spoken English 

Listen twice to choose the best reply to seven short utterances

Three-option multiple choice question for each utterance

7

Listening 3: identify a specific aspect of a conversation

Listen twice to six short conversations with two speakers to identify: topic, purpose, context, speakers, gist, relationship between speakers, functions, attitudes, feelings and opinions

Three-option multiple choice question for each dialogue

6

Listening 4: extract key information from a monologue 

Listen twice to a message, announcement, etc to identify specific information

A note or message pad with six headings and space to write the correct information for each heading

6

Skills & Focus

Task

Format

Raw Marks 

Reading 1: understand coherence and cohesion of short texts

Six short texts, eg list, label, address, notice, each with a gap

One three-option multiple choice question for each text to complete each one correctly 

6

Reading 2: understand the structure of a short simple text 

Gapped text with six deletions and one distractor 

Gapped text followed by a choice of seven options to complete the text correctly 

6

Reading 3: understand the purpose of text and to locate specific information

Four short texts, eg notice, letter, appointment card, with a linked theme, but with a different purpose

Seven multiple matching questions to identify information from the texts

7

Reading 4: understand specific information through detailed reading

A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, explanatory, expository

Seven three-option multiple choice questions on the text

7

Writing 1: respond informally to a given text

Instruction to write a response to a given letter, message, email, greetings card, postcard, etc. The text includes three questions, suggestions, or requests, etc

30 – 50 words

12

Writing 2: write a neutral or formal text for an intended audience

Instruction to write for a particular reader in a specified way, eg letter, message, note, etc. Three items of content to be included

30 – 50 words 

12

Achiever Level (B1) 

Listening: 30 minutes

Reading and Writing: 2 hours 10 minutes

Skill & Focus 

Task 

Format 

Raw Marks 

Listening 1: understand context, meaning and function of a range of utterances

Listen twice to seven short sentences: statement, explanation, description, instruction or question

Three-option multiple choice question for each utterance to choose the appropriate response

7

Listening 2: identify a specific aspect of a conversation

Listen twice to three short conversations with two speakers to identify: topic, purpose, context, speakers, gist, relationship between speakers, roles, functions, attitudes, feeling and opinions

Two three-option multiple choice questions for each conversation

6

Listening 3: extract key information from a monologue to complete a task

Listen twice to a radio broadcast, talk, narrative, presentation, etc to identify specific information

A note or message pad with seven headings and space to write the correct information for each heading

7

Listening 4: follow a discussion between two speakers

Listen twice to a discussion to identify gist, examples, fact, opinion, contrast, purpose, key ideas, attitude, cause and effect

Six three-option multiple choice questions 

6

Reading 1: understand the coherence and cohesion of a variety of authentic texts

Five short texts each with one gap testing layout, lexis, cohesive devices, coherence

Five, three-option multiple choice questions for each text to complete each one correctly

5

Reading 2: understand how meaning is built up in a text

One text with six sentences removed, eg topic sentence, summarising sentence, developing idea, emphasising a point, opinion, contrast, sequence, forward/back reference, transition to new idea

Choice of seven sentences to choose from to complete the six gaps

6

Reading 3: understand the purpose of text and to locate specific information

Four short texts, eg email, article, advert, etc with a linked theme, but with a different purpose

Seven multiple matching questions to identify information from the texts 

7

Reading 4: understand specific information through detailed reading

A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, expository, biographical, instructive

Eight open-ended ‘wh’ questions requiring short answers 

8

Writing 1: respond appropriately to a given text to produce a formal response for an intended public audience

Instruction to write a response to a letter, poster, diary, timetable, leaflet, etc for a specified reader and a clearly defined number of content points to be addressed

70 – 100 words

12

Writing 2: produce an informal letter to a friend 

Instruction to write a letter on a given topic of personal interest with two functions to be included, eg invite friend to stay, describe what you will do

100 – 120 words

12

Communicator Level (B2)

Listening: 30 minutes

Reading and Writing: 2 hours 10 minutes

Skill & Focus 

Task 

Format

Raw Marks

Listening 1: understand context, meaning and function in short conversations on concrete and abstract topics

Listen twice to seven unfinished conversations between two speakers, one being a formal conversation

One three-option multiple choice question for each conversation to choose the appropriate completion or continuation of the conversation

7

Listening 2: identify a specific aspect of a conversation

Listen twice to three conversations each with two speakers to identify: topic, purpose, context, speakers, gist, relationship between speakers, roles, functions, attitudes, feeling and opinions

Two three-option multiple choice questions for each conversation

6

Listening 3: extract key information from a monologue to complete a task

Listen twice to a radio broadcast, narrative, presentation, etc to identify specific information

A note or message pad with seven headings and space to write the correct information for each heading

7

Listening 4: follow a discussion between two speakers

Listen twice to a discussion to identify gist, examples, fact, opinion, contrast, purpose, key ideas, attitude, cause and effect

Six three-option multiple choice questions 

6

Skill & Focus 

Task

Format

Raw Marks 

Reading 1: understand in detail information, ideas and opinions

One long text: news story, article, review or proposal

Six three-option multiple choice questions

6

Reading 2: understand how meaning is built up in a text

One text with six sentences removed, eg topic sentence, summarising sentence, developing idea, emphasising a point, opinion, contrast, sequence, forward and back reference, transition to new idea

Choice of seven sentences to choose from to complete the six gaps

6

Reading 3: understand the purpose of text and to locate specific information and awareness of writers’ stance and attitude

Four texts, eg email, article, advert, brochure, etc with a linked theme, but with a different purpose

Seven multiple matching questions to identify information from the texts

7

Reading 4: understand specific information through detailed reading

A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, explanatory, expository, biographical, instructive

Seven open-ended ‘wh’ questions requiring short answers 

7

Writing 1: respond appropriately to a given text to produce a formal response for an intended public audience

Instruction to respond formally using a written input with a clearly defined number of content points to be addressed and the intended reader specified

100 – 150 words 

12

Writing 2: produce a personal letter, a narrative composition/ story or a descriptive composition

Instruction to write an informal piece of writing for a specified reader on a general subject not requiring specialist knowledge with clearly defined content points to be addressed

150 – 200 words

12

Expert Level (C1) 

Listening: 30 minutes

Reading and Writing: 2 hours 40 minutes

Skill & Focus 

Task 

Format

Raw Marks

Listening 1: understand context, meaning and function in short conversations on concrete and abstract topics

Listen twice to six unfinished conversations between two speakers. Idiomatic expressions, colloquialisms, register shifts and use of stress and intonation to indicate attitude included

One three-option multiple choice question for each conversation to choose the appropriate completion or continuation of the conversation

6

Listening 2: identify a specific aspect of a conversation

Listen twice to three conversations each with two speakers to identify: topic, purpose, context,

Two three-option multiple choice questions for each conversation

6

Listening 3: extract key information from a monologue to complete a task

Listen twice to a lecture, radio broadcast, narrative, presentation, etc to identify specific information. Listening text contains dense, factual information

A note, message pad or form with seven headings and space to write the correct information for each heading

7

Listening 4: follow a discussion between two speakers

Listen twice to a discussion to identify gist, examples, fact, opinion, contrast, purpose, key ideas, attitude, cause and effect

Seven three-option multiple choice questions 

7

Reading 1: understand articles, use of language and texts dense with complex structures

One text including idiomatic language, narrative or academic ideas, arguments and opinions

Five sentences to identify true and false statements about the text 

5

Reading 2: understand how meaning is built up in discourse

One text with six sentences removed, eg topic sentence, summarising sentence, developing idea, emphasising a point, opinion, contrast, sequence, forward and back reference, transition to new idea

Choice of eight sentences to choose from to complete the six gaps 

6

Reading 3: understand the purpose of different authentic texts and identify specific information

Four texts, eg email, article, advert, brochure, etc with a linked theme, but with a different purpose

Seven multiple matching questions to identify information from the texts

7

Reading 4: understand text discourse, purpose and gist and to locate specific information

A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, explanatory, expository, biographical, instructive

Eight open-ended ‘wh’ questions requiring short answers

8

Writing 1: respond appropriately to a given input to produce a formal response for an intended public audience

Instruction to write a letter, report, argument or article using a written, graphic or visual input and the intended reader specified expressing stance, opinion, justification, argumentation

150 – 200 words 

12

Writing 2: produce a personal letter, a narrative composition/ story or a descriptive composition

Instruction to write an informal piece of writing for a specified reader. Instructions elicit functions: persuasion, argument, hypothesis; expressing mood, opinion, justifying, evaluating etc

250-300 words

12

Mastery Level (C2)

Listening: 30 minutes

Reading and Writing: 2 hours 40 minutes

Skill & Focus 

Task

Format

Raw Marks

Listening 1: understand context, meaning and function in single utterance

Listen twice to six short sentences including statements, explanations, descriptions, instructions or questions, each with a different function and context. Two items with Idiomatic expressions, colloquialisms, register shifts and use of stress and intonation to indicate attitude included. One formal item included

One three-option multiple choice question for each item to choose the appropriate response 

6

Listening 2: identify a specific aspect of a conversation

Listen twice to three conversations each with two speakers to identify: topic, purpose, context, speakers, gist, relationship between speakers, roles, functions, attitudes, feeling and opinions

Two three-option multiple choice questions for each conversation

6

Listening 3: extract key information from a monologue to complete a task

Listen twice to a lecture, radio broadcast, narrative, presentation, etc to identify specific information. Listening text contains dense, factual information

A note, message pad or form with seven headings and space to write the correct information for each heading

7

Listening 4: follow a discussion between two speakers

Listen twice to a discussion to identify gist, examples, fact, opinion, contrast, purpose, key ideas, attitude, cause and effect

Seven three-option multiple choice questions

7

Skill & Focus 

Task

Format

Raw Marks

Reading 1: understand literary texts, use of emotive language and texts dense with complex structures

One text including metaphors, similes and idiomatic language, literary narrative or academic ideas, arguments and opinions

Five sentences to identify true and false statements about the text

5

Reading 2: understand how meaning is built up in discourse

One text with six sentences removed, eg topic sentence, summarising sentence, developing idea, emphasising a point, opinion, contrast, sequence, forward and back reference, transition to new idea

Choice of eight sentences to choose from to complete the six gaps 

6

Reading 3: understand the purpose of different authentic texts and identify specific information

Four texts, eg email, article, advert, brochure, etc with a linked theme, but with a different purpose

Seven multiple matching questions to identify information from the texts

7

Reading 4: understand text to locate specific information

A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, explanatory, expository, biographical, instructive

Eight ‘wh’ questions on text to be answered in a few words

8

Writing 1: respond appropriately to a given input to produce a formal response for an intended public audience

Instruction to write a letter, report, argument or article using a written, graphic or visual input and the intended reader specified expressing stance, opinion, justification, argument

200 – 250 words 

12

Writing 2: produce a personal letter, a narrative composition/ story or a descriptive composition

Instruction to write an informal piece of writing for a specified reader. Instructions elicit functions: persuasion, argument, hypothesis; expressing mood, opinion, justifying, evaluating etc.

250 – 300 words

12

Mastery Level – (C2) (SELT)

Listening: 30 minutes

Reading and Writing: 2 hours 40 minutes

Skill & Focus

Task

Format

Raw Marks

Listening 1: understand context, meaning and function in single utterances

Listen once to eight short sentences including statements, explanations, descriptions, instructions or questions, each with a different function and context. Items with Idiomatic expressions, colloquialisms, register shifts and use of stress and intonation to indicate attitude included. Informal, neutral and formal items included.

One three-option multiple choice question for each item to choose the appropriate response

8

Listening 2: identify a specific aspect of a conversation

Listen once to four conversations to identify topic, purpose, context, speakers, gist, relationship between speakers, roles, functions, attitudes, feeling and opinions

Two three-option multiple choice questions for each conversation

8

Listening 3: extract key information from a monologue to complete a task

Listen twice to a lecture, radio broadcast, narrative, presentation, etc. to identify specific information. Listening text contains dense, factual information

A note, message pad or form with seven prompts and space to write the correct information for each prompt

7

Listening 4: follow a discussion between two speakers

Listen twice to a discussion to identify gist, examples, fact, opinion, contrast, purpose, key ideas, attitude, cause and effect

Seven three-option multiple choice questions

7

Skill & Focus

Task

Format

Raw Marks

Reading 1: understand literary texts, use of emotive language and texts dense with complex structures

One text including metaphors, similes and idiomatic language, literary narrative or academic ideas, arguments and opinions

Five sentences to identify true and false statements about the text 

5

Reading 2: understand how meaning is built up in discourse

One text with six sentences removed, eg topic sentence, summarising sentence, developing idea, emphasising a point, opinion, contrast, sequence, forward and back reference, transition to new idea

Choice of eight sentences to choose from to complete the six gaps 

6

Reading 3: understand the purpose of different authentic texts and identify specific information

Four texts, eg email, article, advert, brochure, etc with a linked theme, but with a different purpose

Seven multiple matching questions to identify information from the texts

7

Reading 4: understand text to locate specific information

A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, explanatory, expository, biographical, instructive

Eight ‘wh’ questions on text to be answered in a few words

8

Writing 1: respond appropriately to a given input to produce a formal response for an intended public audience

Instruction to write a letter, report, argument or article using a written, graphic or visual input and the intended reader specified expressing stance, opinion, justification, argument

200 – 250 words 

12

Writing 2: produce a personal letter, a narrative composition/ story or a descriptive composition

Instruction to write an informal piece of writing for a specified reader. Instructions elicit functions: persuasion, argument, hypothesis; expressing mood, opinion, justifying, evaluating etc.

250 – 300 words

12

What is a good IESOL score?

B1 – C1 (Listening, Reading, Writing)

 

ESOL Pass

ESOL High Pass

Required score for SELT

Listening

75/150

101/150

33/50

Reading

  

33/50

Writing

  

33/50

C2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Writing) (SELT)

 

ESOL Pass

ESOL High Pass

Required score for SELT

Listening 

75/150

101/150

25/50

Reading

  

33/50

Writing

  

33/50

A1, A2, C2 (Listening, Reading, Writing)

 

ESOL Pass

ESOL High Pass

n.a.

Listening

75/150

101/150

Reading

  

Writing

  

How long is the IESOL test?

The table below shows the total testing time for each section of the exam.

Examination Levels 

Duration for Listening 

Duration for Reading & Writing

A1 Preliminary (Entry)

about 20 minutes 

1 hour 20 minutes 

A2 Access (Entry 2)

about 20 minutes 

1 hour 20 minutes 

B1 Achiever (Entry 3)

about 30 minutes 

2 hours 10 minutes 

B2 Communicator (Level 1)

about 30 minutes 

2 hours 10 minutes 

C1 Expert (Level 2)

about 30 minutes 

2 hours 40 minutes 

C2 Mastery (Level 3)

about 30 minutes 

2 hours 40 minutes

How do I know my competency level?

LanguageCert and CEFR Qualification Level 

Descriptor 

Preliminary (A1)

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases satisfying practical needs in connection with education, training and social roles. 
  • Can introduce him/herself and others. 
  • Can ask and answer questions about personal details such as possessions, address and people known.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. 
  • Can read and understand short texts on familiar topics and obtain information from common signs and symbols. 
  • Can write short simple phrases and sentences in documents such as forms, lists and messages.

Access (A2)

  • Can understand sentences and frequently-used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance such as basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment, education, training and social roles. 
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a direct exchange of information, feelings and opinions on familiar and routine matters. 
  • Can engage in conversation to establish shared understanding about familiar topics. 
  • Can read, understand and obtain information from short documents, familiar sources, signs and symbols. 
  • Can write to communicate with some awareness of the intended audience.

Achiever (B1)

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard communication on matters regularly encountered in social roles, work, school, leisure, education and training. 
  • Can convey information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics, using appropriate formality. 
  • Can engage in discussion in a familiar situation making relevant points and responding to reach a shared understanding. 
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. 
  • Can produce a simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest, adapting to the intended audience. 
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give explanations for opinions and plans.

Communicator (B2)

  • Can understand the main ideas of complex communication on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. 
  • Can communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes interaction quite possible without strain for either party. 
  • Can adapt to take account of the listener(s), the context and the medium. 
  • Can engage in discussion in familiar and unfamiliar situations making clear and relevant contributions. 
  • Can obtain information from different sources. 
  • Can communicate clearly and in detail on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options, varying length, format and style appropriate to purpose and audience.

Expert (C1)

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding longer texts, both written and spoken, and recognise implicit meaning. 
  • Can use the language fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can respond to extended information and narratives, follow detailed explanations and complex instructions, adapting response to audience, medium and context.
  • Can engage in discussion in a variety of situations making clear and effective contributions. 
  • Can use language flexibly and understand a range of texts of varying complexity and length for social, academic and professional purposes. 
  • Can produce clear well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. 
  • Can communicate ideas and opinions effectively, using length, format and style appropriate to purpose, content and audience.

Mastery (C2)

  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. 
  • Can summarise information from different spoken or written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. 
  • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

How do I receive my results & certificates?

Exam results, Statement of Results and e-certificate are received in just 3 business days, uploaded to your LanguageCert account.

Hard-copy certificates are sent directly to the address provided in the My Profile section of your LanguageCert account.

How do I prepare for the test?

Test your level

You can quickly identify which LanguageCert International ESOL exam level you need by taking the LanguageCert level check quiz. This short quiz consists of 25 multiple choice questions that assess grammar and vocabulary. Please note this is a suggestion of language proficiency, not a conclusive indication. In order to obtain the most accurate results, candidates are advised to only answer the questions they are confident of.

For information on the average learning hours required per level, please refer to LanguageCert’s Guided Learning Hours per CEFR level  or contact us (form) for information on specific English courses.