SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) LanguageCert International ESOL

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking)

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking) is a four-skills exam in English, aligned to B2 CEFR level.

About LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking) exam

  • The exam consists of two components:
    • The Written component (Listening, Reading, Writing) is taken on a computer
    • The Spoken component (Speaking) is an online interview with a live interlocutor
  • The two components can be taken on the same day or within 14 days of each other

After completing both components of your exam, you will receive a Test Report that shows your score and your unique reference number (URN). If you have met the score required for your UK visa, your need to include your URN in your visa application.

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking) exam is accepted for the following UK visa types for work or study in the UK.


This exam is accepted for the following UK visa application types
 

Application type Minimum CEFR level required for UK visa Skills required LanguageCert SELT exam
Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa B2 Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)
Innovator visa B2 Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)
Start-up visa B2 Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)
Tier 4 (General) Student visa — degree level and above B2 Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)

 

Tips:

  • CEFR level B2 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking is the minimum requirement for the above UK visa types. However sponsors (educational institutions or employers) may in some cases require a higher level of English language competence. Before you register for your exam, we suggest you contact your sponsor to confirm which CEFR level they require.
  • If your language competence is higher, you can also choose to take a LanguageCert International ESOL C1 or C2 (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking) exam, which also cover your UK visa application requirement.

 

This list is accurate as of the last update by LanguageCert. However, the information is subject to change, so you should also check the UK government guidance on English language tests for UK visas for latest information. Please note that UK visa applicants are responsible for ensuring that they take the correct exam.

Key features

EXAM LEVEL

B2

FORMAT

Written Component
Computer-based

Spoken Component
Online interview with a live interlocutor

PASS MARKS

Listening 33/50
Reading 33/50
Writing 33/50
Speaking 33/50

TEST REPORT

Issued 5 business days after completing both components

EXAMS

COMPUTER BASED 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

 

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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 a list of available books below, with links to the publishers’ websites. 

Online interview with a live interlocutor 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
 

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 below, with 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, features and possible topics.

They are not assessment guidelines.

Video 1 

Video 2

Get added value from LanguageCert

If you achieve an average score of 50% or more in the Written component and/or 50% or more in the Spoken component, you will be awarded the respective LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator Certificate(s) in Listening, Reading and Writing and/or in Speaking.

LanguageCert International ESOL certificates are are recognised internationally and remain valid indefinitely.