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LanguageCert International ESOL (Listening, Reading, Writing) – the ‘Written exam’

LanguageCert International ESOL (Listening, Reading, Writing) Qualification is usually referred to as the 'Written Exam'.

It is great fun for learners to actually take the exam, as they are confronted with interesting language tasks from one’s everyday life events, like writing letters to friends, sharing their thoughts, listening to an interesting story or reading a piece of news – only to mention a few examples; however, the nature of the tasks varies according to the qualification level.

  • Candidates sitting for the Written Exam are allowed to use monolingual dictionaries (English-English) during the exam
  • The Written Exam is student and teacher friendly, requiring little exam-specific preparation with an average exam duration of about 2.5 hours depending on the qualification level
  • The structure of the Written Exam is as follows
    • Listening section: 26 questions
    • Reading section: 26 questions
    • Writing section: 2 tasks
  • The Pass mark is awarded when the candidate scores at least 50% in any two of the Listening, Reading and Writing sections and at least 45% in any third of the above sections. For more details please see the table below
  • Candidates who have successfully passed the Written Exam are awarded the LanguageCert Certificate in International English for Speakers of Other Languages (Listening, Reading, Writing)

Find out more about the benefits of LanguageCert International ESOL Written Exam.

 

What are the assessment rules of the Written Exam?

The LanguageCert International ESOL Qualifications are closely aligned to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) developed by the Council of Europe, details of which are available on www.coe.int/lang.

LanguageCert International ESOL Qualifications are rigorously assessed against CEFR specified criteria. The grades awarded will be either First Class Pass, Pass or Fail.

Listening

Reading

Writing

Grade

Total Marks: 26

Total Marks: 26

Total Marks: 24

First Class Pass

21 - 26

21 - 26

20 - 24

Pass

13 - 20

13 - 20

12 - 19

Narrow Fail

12

12

11

Fail

0 - 11

0 - 11

0 - 10

Certificates are awarded when the candidate scores at least 2 Pass grades in any two of the Listening, Reading and Writing sections, and at least a Narrow Fail grade in any third of the above sections.

For more detailed information on the marking scheme for the Exams, as well as on the assessment marks for each task type at a particular level, please download the LanguageCert Qualification Handbook for International ESOL (Listening, Reading, Writing)

All markers are approved by LanguageCert and undergo rigorous and frequent training and moderation, to ensure that grades are awarded strictly in accordance with the CEFR levels and LanguageCert examination requirements.