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LanguageCert International ESOL A2 Access

Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) and Spoken (Speaking) exams in English, aligned to the A2 level of the CEFR*. Exams are delivered through our global network of Test Centres.

About LanguageCert International ESOL A2:

  • Leads to two separate certificates: Written and Spoken
  • Both exams can be taken together or independently of each other

Written exam:

  • Paper-based or computer-based
  • Duration 1 hour 40 minutes

Spoken exam:

  • Face-to-face
  • Duration 9 minutes

At A2 level, candidates can:

  • use everyday language and expressions related to personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment etc.

*Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), developed by the Council of Europe, is widely used to describe levels of language proficiency.

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Two exams available at this level: Written and Spoken. Both exams can be taken together or independently.

Test Centre exams

Take an exam at a LanguageCert approved Test Centre.

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL  A2
 FORMAT Paper-based or computer-based
 PASS MARK 50% (75/150)
 SKILLS Written (Listening, Reading, Writing)
GRADE BOUNDARIES
Candidates are awarded High Pass, Pass or Fail
High Pass 101-150 / 150
Pass          75-100 / 150
Fail           0-74 / 150

For more detailed information, download the LanguageCert Qualification Handbook for International ESOL (Listening, Reading, Writing)

Exam format
Paper Based 1 hour & 40 minutes
Listening
Listening

20 mins

Reading and writing
Reading & Writing

1 hour & 20 mins uninterrupted

Computer-based 1 hour & 40 minutes
Listening
Listening

20 mins

Reading and writing
Reading & Writing

1 hour & 20 mins uninterrupted

Listening

Part 1: 7 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options)
Task: Listen twice to match 7 short sentences to letters, words, graphics and symbols

Part 2: 7 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options)
Task: Listen twice to choose the best reply to 7 short sentences

Part 3: 6 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options)
Task: Listen twice to 6 short conversations between 2 speakers to identify: topic, purpose, context, speakers, gist, relationship between speakers, functions, attitudes, feeling and opinions

Part 4: 6 questions (a form with 6 headings)
Task:  Listen twice to a person talking to identify specific information. Jot down answers consisting of 1 to 3 words

Reading

Part 1: 6 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options)
Task: Choose the correct multiple choice option to fill in the gaps

Part 2: 6 multiple choice questions (fill in an incomplete text, 1 option is a distractor)
Task: Choose the correct options to fill the gaps in the text

Part 3: 7 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options)
Task: Choose the correct text for the corresponding question

Part 4: 7 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options)
Task: Choose the correct multiple choice option for the corresponding statement

Writing

Part 1: 30 - 50 words (communicate ideas or basic information)
Task: Write a letter on a given topic

Part 2: 30 - 50 words (short simple text for an intended audience)
Task: Write a letter, card, postcard or message

Results, certificates and digital badges

Statement of Result (SoR) & e-certificate sent by email or through the Test Centre;

  • 5 business days for computer-based exams
  • 10 business days for paper-based exams

Digital badges are available in 10 business days and sent by email.

Hard-copy certificates are sent either to the candidate or to the Test Centre shortly after results are released.

Books

We work with prominent publishing houses to ensure that our partners and candidates have access to top quality learning materials for LanguageCert International ESOL exams. Below is a list of available books linked to publishers’ websites:

Burlington Books

Global ELT

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL  A2
 FORMAT Face-to-face
 PASS MARK 50% (25/50)
 SKILLS Spoken (Speaking)
GRADE BOUNDARIES

Candidates are awarded High Pass, Pass or Fail
High Pass 35-50 / 50
Pass          25-34 / 50
Fail           0-24 / 50

For more detailed information, download the LanguageCert Qualification Handbook for International ESOL Speaking

Exam format
Face-to-face
Speaking
Speaking

9 mins

Speaking

Part 1
Task:  • Give and spell name
            • State country of origin
            • Answer 5 questions

Part 2
Task: • 2 or 3 situations are presented by the interlocutor
           • Candidates are expected to respond to questions and initiate interactions

Part 3
Task:  • Exchange information to identify similarities and differences in pictures depicting familiar situations

Part 4
Task:  • Candidates are given 30 seconds preparation time
            • Talk about a topic provided by the interlocutor for 1 minute
            • Answer follow-up questions

 

 
Results, certificates and digital badges

Statement of Result (SoR) & e-certificate sent by email or through the Test Centre;

  • 5 business days for computer-based exams
  • 10 business days for paper-based exams

Digital badges are available in 10 business days and sent by email.

Hard-copy certificates are sent either to the candidate or to the Test Centre shortly after results are released.

Books

We work with prominent publishing houses to ensure that our partners and candidates have access to top quality learning materials for LanguageCert International ESOL exams. Below is a list of available books linked to publishers’ websites:

Burlington Books

Global ELT

Re-sit an exam with Take2

Candidates who sit an Online exam with remote, live invigilation have the option to purchase Take2, a straightforward and affordable solution to re-sit high-stakes language exams and future-proof against potential set-backs.

Take2 can be purchased by candidates individually or through approved Test Centres and are available up to 15 minutes before the exam start time.

LanguageCert level check

Candidates can quickly identify which LanguageCert International ESOL exam level they need by taking our level check quiz.