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The LanguageCert System

The LanguageCert System (LS)

The LanguageCert System is a set of English language tests developed, evaluated, and managed using an integrated, standardised, and assured approach. Both England’s and Wales’s qualifications regulators, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales, recognise and regulate our English language tests.

The LanguageCert System tests derive from extensive item banks of pre-tested and calibrated material, and associated validation research, based on an established candidature of LanguageCert tests and exams aligned to a common underlying measurement scale. To date, the LanguageCert System has based itself on tests which cover a single CEFR level, with the exception of the LanguageCert Test of English (LTE).

Following feedback from extensive use of the LanguageCert System around the world, the LanguageCert System now also includes two multi-level test variants aimed at workers and migrants, and tertiary education applicants. These are the LanguageCert General and Academic tests.










LanguageCert
 Global Scale

CEFR
LanguageCert General
LanguageCert 
 Academic

IELTS









90 - 100
C2


90+
8.5 - 9.0
75 - 89
C1
75+
75 - 89
7.0 - 8.0
60 - 74
B2
60 - 74
60 - 74
5.5 - 6.5
40 - 59
B1
40 - 59
40 - 59
4.0 - 5.0
20 - 39
A2
20 - 39



10 - 19
A1





0 - 9
Below A1














The established scoring arrangements between the LanguageCert Global Scale and the CEFR are verified by ongoing analysis of test performance as well as by the LanguageCert research and validation programmes. Scoring arrangements for use in conjunction with specific visa requirements including the UKVI, NZQA, IRCC service are confirmed independently with the authorities and more information can be found in the respective websites. Institution entry requirements are to be verified by the institutions webpages directly.

Concordancing evidence with other testing providers (indicative IELTS below) are an illustration of the equivalencies, as verified both internally and independently by our external partners. In the middle of the scoring arrangements (LC 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. In any case test takers need to verify the scoring requirement at the websites of the accepting institutions.

The published versions of all information that is relevant to the use of LanguageCert scores are updated regularly taking into consideration the needs of stakeholders.

 

LanguageCert General and LanguageCert Academic are designed for candidates who are not native speakers of English and who wish to achieve a high quality, internationally recognised qualification in English that is available and recognised worldwide. They are suitable for candidates who are preparing for entry to higher education, or professional employment in the UK or elsewhere, or for candidates who need to demonstrate that they have met the required level of English by passing a test with a Home Office approved Secure English Language Testing (SELT) provider. Both qualifications reference the descriptions of language proficiency in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

LanguageCert General and LanguageCert Academic measure proficiency in the same way, to the same scale, using the same task types. The two tests have been designed and developed according to the same standard procedures. The test delivery processes and scoring methods are identical. 

LanguageCert places exam validity and reliability at the heart of its qualification development processes. LanguageCert Academic and LanguageCert General qualifications were officially launched in 2023, backed with extensive pretesting and trialling of test materials to ensure fairness, fitness-for-purpose, and comparability.
Test statistics
LanguageCert Academic and General candidates 

LanguageCert Academic (LCA) and LanguageCert General (LCG) are assessed on a 100-point scale, the LanguageCert Global Scale (GS). Candidate performance scores are reported by skill (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking), by total score and CEFR equivalence. The data below shows test taker scores for LCA and LCG for the trialling and pretesting period in 2022 and 2023. 

Test reliability, LanguageCert Academic

Component

Index

Reliability coefficient

Mean (LanguageCert scale)

Standard Deviation

Listening

Cronbach’s α

.84

60.84

17.08

Reading

Cronbach’s α

.85

63.31

17.57

Writing* ICC .89 58.66
14.42
Speaking* ICC .77 65.50
14.40
Composite McDonald’s ω .91 59.29
14.31
Composite Cronbach’s α .90 59.29 14.31
ICC = intra-class correlation coefficients.
* Note that these figures reflect scores awarded by two examiners. Where scores are discrepant, a senior examiner rescores the performance and it is this third score that is taken as final and that contributes to the overall result.  

Test reliability, LanguageCert General

Component

Intex

Reliability coefficient

Mean (LanguageCert scale)

Standard Deviation

Listening

Cronbach’s α

.87

55.23

20.14

Reading

Cronbach’s α

.85

59.46

17.62

Writing ICC .63 61.99
10.09
Speaking ICC .85 64.03
13.99
Composite McDonald’s ω .92 61.48 12.10
Composite Cronbach’s α  .91 61.48 12.10
ICC = intra-class correlation coefficients.
* Note that these figures reflect scores awarded by two examiners. Where scores are discrepant, a senior examiner rescores the performance and it is this third score that is taken as final and that contributes to the overall result.  
Concordance studies
A concordance study is conducted between LanguageCert Academic and General tests and IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests respectively. This includes comparing tasks, exam content, and marking arrangements. It also involves the collection of test score data from test takers who have taken both LanguageCert and IELTS tests. Although the empirical concordance work is on-going, data collected thus far show that performance on the two LanguageCert tests is highly predictive of performance on their IELTS counterparts with very strong correlations between the results: r =.87 for Academic and r =.89 for General.
September 2023 / Score distribution summary statistics
 

Μean

SD

Skew

Kurtosis

Min  Max
LanguageCert Academic

63.05

14.48

-0.20

-0.03

13

 96

IELTS Academic

6.24

0.95

-0.22

-0.04

2.5

 8.5
LanguageCert General 67.59 12.50 -0.83
1.31 18  89
IELTS General Training  6.76 1.06 -0.58
0.17 3  9
Note:  For the Academic cohort, the sample size was 654. For the General cohort, the sample size was 181.

Correlations. 

 

Overall r

Reading r

Writing r

Listening r

Speaking r
Academic (n = 654)

.87

.79

.69

.70

.73

General (n = 181)

.89

.77

.76

.79

.74

Note:  r = correlation. All correlations were statistically significant at the p < .001 level.

The strong direct correlations (r > .7) for Overall performance indicate that LanguageCert exams perform in accordance with language tests designed for similar purposes, meeting or outperforming correlations between alternative tests as reported above and IELTS. Subscales for both Academic and General display moderately strong (r > .6) to strong correlations.

Over time, LanguageCert expects to extend the concordance study to the full range of international tests recognised for similar purposes and will be publishing the findings in extensive reports.

Download the concordance report here.