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Supporting international admissions with a secure, reliable and fit for purpose English test 

LanguageCert Academic is a multilevel English test with enhanced academic focus, offering more choice to undergraduate and postgraduate students who need to provide evidence of language proficiency for admission to higher education. It is developed from the internationally recognised LanguageCert ESOL and represents an evolution of our testing solutions to meet our stakeholders’ needs. LanguageCert Academic is approved by UK Visas and Immigration as a Secure English Language Test (SELT).

What makes LanguageCert Academic relevant for higher education? 

The contexts focus on language used in an academic environment, with generic academic vocabulary and expressions relevant to most subjects. 
The tasks sample features of language and skills from those required to succeed in an academic setting, e.g., writing essays, giving presentations, note-taking, formulating arguments. 
The test spans the range of CEFR levels that support recognising institutions decide whether a student will be able to cope with academic language requirements at university, i.e., CEFR B1–C2.

Additional benefits to your institution

  • Convenient and accessible testing supported by industry-leading security measures. Our strict security protocols, online and at test centres, throughout the examination process, ensure our tests are fair and deliver genuine results you can trust.
  • Fast results verifiable through our secure verification platform to support application processing and turnaround times on student offers.
  • Use of our extensive partner network to increase and diversify enrollments.
  • Participation in our international scholarship programmes.

How is LanguageCert Academic mapped to the CEFR and other tests?

LanguageCert Academic is directly calibrated to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference produced by the Council of Europe. This means that performance on LanguageCert tests is directly comparable to exams from other English language testing organisations. Extensive concordance studies with other tests are currently in progress and will be available later in 2023.

Note: Exact equivalences tend to be complex and challenging owing to differences in test design and purpose (Taylor, 2004). Concordancing evidence with other testing providers (indicative IELTS) are an illustration of the equivalencies, as verified both internally and independently by our external partners. In the middle of the scoring arrangements (LanguageCert Global Scale 60-80) evidence is more robust and scoring arrangements in lower and higher parts of the Global Scale should be interpreted with caution. Learn more

The LanguageCert Global Scale is an easy-to-understand results system which reports scores on a 0-100 scale and links to the CEFR. It applies across all the LanguageCert tests and enables the setting of specific levels of attainment needed to fulfil certain requirements such as entrance into a university. The levels of attainment relate to overall test performance and performance by skill (e.g., speaking).

 

Test format and structure

LanguageCert Academic assesses 4 skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) through a Written and a Spoken component. Both the Written and Spoken components are available through the LanguageCertCert Secure Test Centre network and via Online Proctoring with enhanced security. 



WrittenExam.

Listening
4 parts - 30 questions
Multiple choice/note taking
Around 40 minutes(all parts heard twice)
Reading
4 parts - 30 questions
Multiple choice/ gap filling/ multiple matching
50 minutes
Writing
2 tasks
Extended responses
50 minutes

SpokenExam.

Listening
4 parts - 30 questions
Multiple choice/note taking
Around 40 minutes(all parts heard twice)

Underpinned by robust research and validation

In order to support the production of high-quality exam materials, LanguageCert makes use of both internal and external research and validation resources. Recent publications of relevance to the validation, reliability, quality and impact of LanguageCert examinations are provided.