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LanguageCert International ESOL B1 Achiever

Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) and Spoken (Speaking) exams in English, aligned to the B1 level of the CEFR*. Exams are delivered through our global network of Test Centres or online.

About LanguageCert International ESOL B1:

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

Written exam:

  • Paper-based/computer-based at approved Test Centres or Online with remote, live invigilation
  • Duration 2 hours 40 minutes

Spoken exam:

  • Face-to-face or Online with a live interlocutor
  • Duration 12 minutes

At B1 level, candidates can:

  • convey information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics (family, work, school, travel and leisure)
  • engage in discussion to reach shared understanding
  • produce simple, connected texts
  • describe experiences, events, hopes and ambitions
  • understand simple magazines/newspaper articles

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


  • Exam
  • Price in USD

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 B1
 FORMAT Paper-based, computer-based or Online with remote, live invigilation
 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 2 hours & 40 minutes
Listening
Listening

30 mins

Reading and writing
Reading & Writing

2 hours & 10 mins uninterrupted

Computer-based 2 hours & 40 minutes
Listening
Listening

30 mins

Reading and writing
Reading & Writing

2 hours & 10 mins uninterrupted

Online 2 hours & 40 minutes
Listening
Listening

30 mins

Reading and writing
Reading & Writing

2 hours & 10 mins uninterrupted

Listening

Part 1: 7 multiple choice questions (for each sentence)
Task

  • Listen twice to 7 short sentences between 2 speakers, 1 being a formal conversation

Part 2: 6 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options)
Task

  • Listen twice to 3 short conversations between 2 speakers to identify: topic, purpose, context, speakers, gist, relationship between speakers, roles, functions, attitudes, feeling and opinions. Choose the appropriate response for each question

Part 3: 7 questions (write notes on the message pad based on the information in the recording)
Task

  • Listen twice to the recording to identify specific information
  • Jot down answers consisting of 1 to 3 words

Part 4: 6 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options)
Task

  • Listen twice to a discussion to identify gist, examples, fact, opinion, contrast, purpose, key ideas, attitude, cause and effect
  • Choose the appropriate response for each question

Reading

Part 1: 5 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options)
Task

  • 5 short texts each with 1 gap testing layout, lexis, cohesive devices, coherence
  • Choose the appropriate response for each question

Part 2: 6 multiple choice options to fill in an incomplete text (1 option is a distractor)
Task

  • Choose the appropriate sentence for each gap in the text

Part 3: 7 questions (4 texts provide the answers to 7 questions)
Task

  • Read the 4 short texts, e.g. email, article, advert, etc. and choose which text answers which question

Part 4: 8 questions (requiring short answers of 1 to 3 words)
Task

  • A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, expository, biographical, instructive

Writing

Part 1: 70 - 100 words (respond appropriately to a given text in order to produce a formal response for an intended public audience)
Task: Write a response to a letter, poster, diary, timetable, leaflet, etc for a specified reader addressing a clearly defined number of content points

Part 2: 100 - 120 words (produce an informal letter to a friend)
Task: Write a letter on a given topic of personal interest and include 2 functions e.g. invite a friend to stay, describe what you will do

Results, certificates and digital badges

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

  • 3 business days for Online exams with remote, live invigilation
  • 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 the most prominent publishing houses to ensure that our partners and candidates have access to top quality learning materials for LanguageCert International ESOL exams. You can find below a list of available books with their titles and links to the publishers’ websites.  

Burlington Books

Global ELT

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL  B1
 FORMAT Face-to-face or Online with a live interlocutor
 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 12 minutes
Speaking
Speaking

12 mins

Online 12 minutes
Speaking
Speaking

12 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: • Hold a short discussion to make a plan, arrange or decide something using visual prompts

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

 

 
Results, certificates and digital badges

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

  • 3 business days for Online exams with remote, live invigilation
  • 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 the most prominent publishing houses to ensure that our partners and candidates have access to top quality learning materials for LanguageCert International ESOL exams. You can find below a list of available books with their titles and links to the publishers’ websites.  

Burlington Books

Global ELT

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