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LanguageCert General

LanguageCert General is designed to test use of English in real-life situations. It is intended for students who want to migrate in order to live, work and study in an English-speaking environment. 

The test measures a range of skills and competences appropriate for personal, occupational and vocational contexts: reading and listening for gist or detailed understanding of a range of written and audio sources including adverts, articles, websites, diaries, radio programs, podcasts. Writing in formal and informal registers, expressing viewpoints or taking part in role plays in real-world scenarios. 

About the exam 

  • All candidates take the same test regardless of language proficiency and receive a certificate placing them at levels A2 to C1 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 30 minutes  50 minutes  45 minutes  About 12 minutes  About 137  minutes


Qualification titles 

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

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 
Access (A2)
LanguageCert Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Entry 2) (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) (LanguageCert General A2) 610/1452/7
Achiever (B1)
LanguageCert Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Entry 3) (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) (LanguageCert General B1) 610/1453/9
Communicator (B2)
LanguageCert Level 1 Certificate in ESOL (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) (LanguageCert General B2) 610/1454/0
Expert (C1)
LanguageCert Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) (LanguageCert General C1) 610/1455/2


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

 

How to book your exam

Book your LanguageCert General exam by contacting our expertly trained Customer Support team via phone, live chat, or email 24/7/365.