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Validation

LanguageCert uses an item banking approach to the development, calibration and storage of exam materials. All exam materials are pre-tested and calibrated to ensure the comparability of test forms with regard to content and difficulty.

LanguageCert uses a modified version of the Weir Framework in its approach to research and validation. The Framework provides a useful way of structuring elements such as candidate characteristics; contextual characteristics in terms of fairness; cognitive processes required to complete tasks; the extent to which scores may be depended upon; test impact as well as external evidence that demonstrates that tests are performing as intended.

In order to ensure the quality and validation of levels, exams are monitored through ongoing internally- and externally-validated research. A number of externally-commissioned research projects are listed in the table below and will be available to download in the near future.


Validation study  Levels examined Conducted by  Date 
LanguageCert ESOL International Qualifications Independent CEFR Referencing Report 

 A1 - C2

 The National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) for the United Kingdom

January 2019
Review of the relationship between the LanguageCert Mastery Listening paper and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) [follow-up to (3) the NARIC report)

C2

The Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment of the University of Bedfordshire January 2019
Relating LanguageCert Communicator to the CEFR

 B2

 The Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment of the University of Bedfordshire January 2019 
City & Guilds CEFR linking project

 A1 - C2

Roehampton University 2008 – 2010
The City & Guilds Communicator IESOL Examination (B2) CEFR Linking Project

B2

Roehampton University October 2008