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LanguageCert Academic

The LanguageCert Academic test is for candidates seeking to study in higher education. Test content is tailored for academic study at undergraduate, postgraduate or professional level.

Students entering university for undergraduate or post-graduate study require general academic language proficiency and skills. General academic language proficiency and skills refer to the type of language that students are exposed to in university, college foundation, pathway programs, and in the first year(s) of university. This includes, for example, understanding generic academic vocabulary relevant to most domains, aspects of academic expression (e.g. formality of style) used across common academic tasks (e.g. writing essays, giving presentations) and understanding textual conventions typically used in the higher education. In addition, general academic content in the test includes oral presentation skills, the ability to locate specific information, the ability to infer views and standpoints which may not always be overtly stated, note-taking, and critical thinking skills, including identifying and formulating arguments. 

The overall objective of the LanguageCert Academic qualification is to provide candidates with a qualification that they can use primarily for entrance purposes to higher education institutions running English-medium courses in English-speaking countries and in countries where English is not a first language where the ability to speak, write and understand verbal and written general academic English is required.

About the exam 

  • All candidates take the same test regardless of language proficiency and receive a certificate placing them at levels B2 to C2 of the CEFR based on their performance, 
  • Assesses Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking skills,  
  • Available as a computer-based and a paper-based test.


Duration

Listening Reading Writing Speaking TOTAL
 About 40 minutes  50 minutes  50 minutes  About 14 minutes  About 154 minutes


Qualification titles 

The table below outlines the level names, full titles and qualification numbers for all levels of LanguageCert Academic.

The full qualification titles identify the level of each qualification inclusive of the LanguageCert, CEFR, England and Wales levels.

The name of each examination and appropriate CEFR Level appear on each certificate.

 LanguageCert and CEFR levels  Qualification Title Ofqual Qualification Number 
Achiever (B1)  LanguageCert Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Entry 3) (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) (LanguageCert Academic B1)  610/1456/4
Communicator (B2)
 LanguageCert Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) (LanguageCert Academic B2)  610/1457/6
Expert (C1)
 LanguageCert Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) (LanguageCert Academic C1)  610/1458/8
Mastery (C2)  LanguageCert Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) (LanguageCert Academic C2)  610/1459/X


The LanguageCert Global Scale
 
The LanguageCert Global Scale reports scores on a 0-100 scale to give test takers, employers, education institutions and government agencies an easy-to-understand results system. It applies across all the tests in the LanguageCert System. The Global Scale enables the definition of specific levels of attainment needed to fulfil certain requirements. For example, entrance into a university or for migration and employment purposes. The levels of attainment can relate to overall performance in an examination, performance by skill (e.g., speaking), or both these parameters.
 
LanguageCert’s General and Academic tests measure all four skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Both report performance across the range of CEFR levels and score against the LanguageCert Global Scale (from 0 to 100).
 
LanguageCert Academic and LanguageCert General are directly calibrated to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference produced by the Council of Europe. The LanguageCert Global Scale links to the CEFR levels. This means that performance on LanguageCert tests is directly comparable to exams by other English language testing organisations. The Global Scale reports against the CEFR levels as shown in the following table.

 

 LanguageCert Global Scale CEFR  LanguageCert General  LanguageCert Academic
90 - 100 C2   90 +
75 - 89  C1  78 +
60 - 74  B2
40 - 59  B1  40
20 - 39  A2  25
10 - 19  A1
0 - 09  Pre A1

 

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