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LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator

Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) and Spoken (Speaking) exams in English, aligned to the B2 level of the CEFR*. Exams are delivered through our global network of Test Centres or online.

About LanguageCert International ESOL B2:

  • 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 an interlocutor
  • Duration 13 minutes

At B2 level, candidates can:

  • communicate in detail, travel, live and work independently in an English-speaking country
  • spontaneously interact with a degree of fluency without much strain on either party
  • follow the news, TV and radio channels
  • write emails, texts, letters, reports and stories etc.

*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 B2
 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 (each with 3 options)
Task:  • Listen twice to 7 unfinished conversations between 2 speakers

  • 1 conversation is formal  

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

  • Choose the appropriate response to complete or continue each question

Part 3: 7 questions (write notes on the message pad based on information in the recording)
Task:  • Listen twice to a radio broadcast, narrative, presentation, etc to identify specific information

  • Jot down answers of 1 to 5 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: 6 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options)
Task:  • 1 long text: news story, article, review or proposal

  • Choose the appropriate response for each question

Part 2:  6 multiple choice options to fill in an incomplete text (1 is a distractor)
Task:  • A text with 6 sentences removed, e.g. topic sentence, summarising sentence, developing idea, emphasising a point, opinion, contrast, sequence, forward and back reference, transition to new idea

  • Choose the appropriate sentence for each gap in the text

Part 3: 7 questions (4 texts provide the answers to each question)
Task:  • Read the 4 short texts, e.g. email, article, advert etc. and choose which text answers which question

Part 4: 7 questions (requiring short answers of up to 5 words)
Task:  • A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, explanatory, expository, biographical, instructive

Writing

Part 1: 100 - 150 words (produce a formal response for an intended public audience)
Task:  • Respond appropriately to the intended reader using a clearly defined number of content points

Part 2: 150 - 200 words (produce a personal letter, a narrative composition/ story or a descriptive composition)
Task:  • Produce an informal piece of writing for a specified reader on a general subject that does not require specialist knowledge but addresses a clearly defined number of content points

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 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

Express Publishing

Global ELT 

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL B2
 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
Speaking
Speaking

13 mins

Online
Speaking
Speaking

13 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 written text as the prompt

Part 4
Task:  • Candidates are given 30 seconds preparation time
            • Talk about a topic provided by the interlocutor for 2 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 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

Express Publishing

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.