ESOL

LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator

LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator

LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator is our qualification matching the most popular English language level for independent users worldwide, aligned with the 'vantage' level of the CEFR.

LanguageCert International ESOL B2 exams assess all four language skills of candidates who want to live, work or study in environments where English is the main language of communication. LanguageCert International ESOL B2 exams are the link towards C1 Expert level.

 

What you will achieve

You can understand main ideas of complex communication, interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity without strain for either party, engage in discussion in familiar and unfamiliar situations, spontaneously interact without too much strain for either the learner or the native speaker and communicate in detail, appropriate to purpose and audience.

Now you have the language skills necessary to communicate in English, travel, live and work independently in an English-speaking country, participate in face-to-face discussions, follow the news in English speaking TV/Radio channels and websites, write e-mails, texts, letters, reports, stories, etc.

By completing the ESOL B2 Communicator level, it means that you have an internationally recognised certification, which shows the world that you have well-developed skills to communicate in English in numerous and different everyday life-situations, can easily communicate with locals and have gained a solid framework for working, studying and travelling in English speaking areas. LanguageCert International ESOL B2 exams are the link towards C1 Expert level.

 

There are two exams for this level:

  • Written Exam (Listening, Reading, Writing) 
  • Spoken Exam (Speaking)

 

Key features

CEFR i

B2

PASS MARKS

50%

2 SEPARATE QUALIFICATIONS

Written Exam
(Listening, Reading, Writing)


Spoken Exam
(Speaking)

EXAM FORMAT

Written Exam
Online or Paper Based or Computer based

Spoken Exam
Online or Face to Face

EXAMS

Exam Duration

PAPER BASED 2 hours & 40 minutes
Listening 30 minutes
Reading & Writing 2 hours & 10 minutes uninterrupted
COMPUTER BASED 2 hours & 40 minutes
Listening 30 minutes
Reading & Writing 2 hours & 10 minutes uninterrupted
ONLINE 2 hours & 40 minutes
Listening 30 minutes
Reading & Writing 2 hours & 10 minutes uninterrupted

Listening

Answer Type

Task

Part 1

7 questions

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

of the conversation

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

Part 2

6 questions

Two three-option multiple choice questions for each of the three conversations

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

Part 3

7 questions

A message pad with a heading and seven prompts and space to write the correct

information for each prompt. Answers are one to five words

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

Part 4

6 questions

Six three-option multiple choice questions

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

Total: 26 questions

 

Reading

Answer Type

Task

Part 1

6 questions

Six three-option multiple choice questions

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

Part 2

6 questions

Choice of seven sentences to choose from to complete the six gaps. One sentence is provided as a distractor

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

Part 3

7 questions

Seven questions to indicate which text provides the answer to each question

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

Part 4

7 questions

Seven open-ended ‘wh-‘ questions requiring short answers of up to five words

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

Total: 26 questions

 

Writing

Answer Type

Task

Part 1

100 - 150 words

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

Part 2

150 - 200 words

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

 

Fast results and certificates:

  • Statement of Result (SoR) & e-certificate in 10 business days (PB exams) and 5 business days (CB exams), by email to you or through your Test Centre
  • Digital Badge in 10 business days, by email to you
  • Hard-copy certificates shortly after results release, sent to you or your Test Centre

What are the assessment rules of the Written Exam? 

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. 

 

Parts

Maximum Score

Total Maximum Score

Listening

50

150

Reading

50

Writing

50

 

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 LanguageCert Qualification Handbook for International ESOL (Listening, Reading, Writing).

Download Official Material 

Preparation Books 

We work with the most prominent publishing houses to ensure that our partners and candidates have access to top quality learning materials for LanguageCert International ESOL exams. You can find below a list of available books with their titles and links to the publishers’ websites.    

Exam Duration

FACE TO FACE 13 minutes
Speaking 13 minutes
ONLINE 13 minutes
Speaking 13 minutes

Speaking

Task

Part 1

  • Give and spell name
  • Give country of origin
  • Answer five questions

Part 2

  • Two or three situations are presented by the interlocutor and candidates respond to and initiate interactions

Part 3

  • Exchange information to identify similarities and differences in pictures of familiar situations

Part 4

  • 30 seconds of preparation time
  • Talk about a topic provided by the interlocutor for half a minute
  • Answer follow-up questions
 

Fast results and certificates:

  • Statement of Result (SoR) & e-certificate in 10 business days, by email to you or through your Test Centre
  • Digital Badge in 10 business days, by email to you
  • Hard-copy certificates shortly after results release, sent to you or your Test Centre

What are the assessment rules of the Spoken Exam?

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.

 

Maximum Score 

50

 

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 LanguageCert Qualification Handbook for International ESOL (Speaking).

Download Official Material 

Preparation Books 

We work with the most prominent publishing houses to ensure that our partners and candidates have access to top quality learning materials for LanguageCert International ESOL exams. You can find below a list of available books with their titles and links to the publishers’ websites.    

 

Spoken Exam Samples 

The following videos are examples of the LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator Spoken Exam. 

Their function is to demonstrate the exam’s format and features, as well as of possible topics. 

They are not intended for use as guidelines for assessment.  

Video 1 

Video 2