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LanguageCert International ESOL C1 Expert

Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) and Spoken (Speaking) exams in English, aligned to the C1 level of the CEFR*. Exams are delivered through our global network of Test Centres or online.

About LanguageCert International ESOL C1:

  • 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 3 hours 10 minutes

Spoken exam:

  • Face-to-face or Online with a live interlocutor
  • Duration 15 minutes

At C1 level, candidates can:

  • use language fluently and spontaneously
  • engage in discussion clearly and effectively
  • produce well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects
  • understand long, demanding texts and recognise implicit meanings
  • communicate in social, academic of professional environments in English speaking countries

Candidates at C1 level possess the language skills that most employers seek for high calibre English-equipped employees.

*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 C1
 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 3 hours & 10 minutes
Listening
Listening

30 mins

Reading and writing
Reading & Writing

2 hours & 40 mins uninterrupted

Computer-based 3 hours & 10 minutes
Listening
Listening

30 mins

Reading and writing
Reading & Writing

2 hours & 40 mins uninterrupted

Online 3 hours & 10 minutes
Listening
Listening

30 mins

Reading and writing
Reading & Writing

2 hours & 40 mins uninterrupted

Listening

Part 1 - 6 multiple choice question (each with three-options)
Task

  • Listen twice to six unfinished conversations between two speakers
  • Conversations will include idiomatic expressions, colloquialisms, register shifts and use of stress and intonation to indicate attitude
  • Choose the appropriate option to complete each conversation

Part 2 - 6 question (choice of seven sentences to choose from to complete the six gaps.)
Task

  • Listen twice to three conversations, each consisting of two speakers, and identify: topic, purpose, context, speakers, gist, relationship between speakers, roles, functions, attitudes, feeling and opinions
  • Choose the appropriate option for each question

Part 3 - 7 question (Write notes on the message pad based on the information in the recording )
Task

  • Listen twice to a dense, factual lecture, radio broadcast, narrative, presentation, etc. to identify specific information
  • Jot down answers consisting of one to five words

Part 4- 7 multiple choice question (each with three-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 questions (Five sentences identifying true and false statements about the text)
Task

  • Text includes idiomatic language, narrative or academic ideas, arguments and opinions
  • Determine whether the statements are true or false

Part 2 - 6 questions (Eight sentences to choose from to complete six gaps in the text
Two sentences are provided as distractors)
Task

  • One text with six 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 (Four texts provide the answers to seven questions)
Task: Read the four short texts, e.g email, article, advert, etc. and choose which text answers which question

Part 4 - 8 questions (Eight questions requiring short answers of up to five words)
Task

  • A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, explanatory, expository, biographical, instructive
  • Provide short answers of up to five words for each question

Writing

Part 1 - 150 - 200 words (Respond appropriately to a given text to produce a formal response for an intended public audience)
Task: Write a letter, report, argument or article using a written, graphic or visual input for the intended reader expressing stance, opinion, justification, argumentation as appropriate

Part 2 - 250 - 300 words (Produce a personal letter, a narrative composition/ story or a descriptive composition)
Task: Write an informal piece for a specified reader in order to persuade, argue or hypothesise, expressing mood, opinion, justification, evaluation etc.

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 C1
 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 15 minutes
Speaking
Speaking

15 mins

Online 15 minutes
Speaking
Speaking

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