What is LanguageCert International ESOL?
LanguageCert International ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) are a suit of English Language qualifications specially designed for those intending to study or work. These qualifications are mapped to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) according to the level from an A1 beginner to a C2 very advanced: ): A1 – Preliminary, A2 – Access, B1 – Achiever, B2 – Communicator, C1 – Expert, C2 – Mastery.
The exams, at the moment paper based, cover the four language skills: (Written Comprehension, Spoken comprehension, Writing and Speaking) and are sold in two different modules: written exam (Listening, Reading and Writing) – spoken exam (Speaking). The LanguageCert International ESOL exams require little exam practice preparation as candidates are confronted with interesting language tasks from one’s everyday life events.
- Written exam
- Spoken exam
Listening, Reading and Writing
The Listening, Reading and Writing exam lasts about 2h 30m depending on the qualification level and is enjoyable and fun to take, as candidates are confronted with interesting language tasks from one’s everyday life events, such as writing letters to friends, sharing their thoughts, listening to an interesting story or reading a piece of news. However, the nature of the tasks varies according to the qualification level. The written exam offer a flexible structure: Listening section (26 questions) - Reading section (26 questions) - Writing section (2 tasks).
All questions of the Listening and Reading sections, and the 2 tasks of the Writing section are equivalent. Pass Score: at least 50% overall in all sections. No thresholds or limitations per section. For further details please see the table below:
International ESOL Part Maximum Score Total Maximum Score Listening 50 150 Reading 50 Writing 50
The LanguageCert International ESOL suite of examinations is directly aligned to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) produced by the Council of Europe. The Written Exam is rigorously assessed against CEFR specified criteria. The grades awarded will be either High Pass, Pass or Fail.
Grades High pass 101-150 out of 150 Pass 75-100 out of 150 Fail 0-74 out of 150
For more detailed information on the marking scheme of the Written Exam, as well as on the assessment marks for each task type at a particular level, please download the icon-download LanguageCert Qualification Handbook for International ESOL (Listening, Reading, Writing)
Candidates find the Speaking Exam very enjoyable to take, as they participate in a guided conversation with a LanguageCert Interlocutor on various topics of interest, such as inviting friends to the cinema, talking about their hobbies or arguing for a particular standpoint – only to mention a few examples; however, the nature of the tasks varies according to level. The Interlocutor does not assess because the audio recording tracks will be sent to LanguageCert to be assessed and marked.
All Markers are approved by LanguageCert and undergo rigorous and frequent training and moderation, to ensure that grades are awarded strictly in accordance with CEFR levels and LanguageCert examination requirements. The exam lasts about 15 minutes depending on the qualification level and consists in an individual interview, so that candidates perform at their best. Pass score: at least 50%.
International ESOL Part Total Maximum Score Speaking 50
The LanguageCert International ESOL suite of examinations is directly aligned to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) produced by the Council of Europe. The Spoken Exam is rigorously assessed against CEFR specified criteria. The grades awarded will be either High Pass, Pass or Fail.
Grades High Pass 35-50 out of 50 Pass 25-34 out of 50 Fail 0-24 out of 50
For more detailed information on the marking scheme of the Spoken Exam, as well as on the assessment marks for each task type at a particular level, please download the icon-download LanguageCert Qualification Handbook for International ESOL (Speaking)
The results of LanguageCert International ESOL exams are based on the 6-level CEFR structure. This means that users can be sure that the scores are comparable and consistent, viewing clearly the skills at the given level. If the candidate passes the exam, he/she gets a certificate, where in addition to the candidate's personal data and details of the exam, the following information is shown: High Pass or Pass. The results are available via an electronic certificate after 10 days circa from the examination date while the paper certificate is sent by post within 5 days after the results are issued.