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LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B1 Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking

A 4-skills (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking) exam in English, aligned to the B1 level of the CEFR*. It is a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) delivered through LanguageCert’s global network of SELT centres.

About the exam:

  • Consists of a Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) and Spoken (Speaking) component
  • Both components can be taken on the same day or within 14 days of each other

CEFR level B1 is the minimum requirement for the following visa types:

  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Tier 4 (General) – Student visa (below degree level)

Applicants with a higher language level can take a B2, C1 or C2 Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking exam, which also satisfies the application requirement.

After the exam, candidates receive a Test Report with their score and unique reference number (URN). The URN must be included in the visa application.

Visa requirement information is subject to change. Applicants should refer to UK Government guidance on English language exams for visas and are responsible for ensuring they take the correct exam. Candidates are advised to contact their sponsors to confirm which CEFR level is required before registering for an exam.

*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

LanguageCert SELT exams are available only at SELT Test Centres. LanguageCert SELT exams are not available via LanguageCert Online exams.

Test Centre exams

All LanguageCert SELT exams must be taken at one of our global SELT Centres.

Exam format
Computer-based 2 hours & 40 minutes
Listening
Listening

30 mins

Reading and writing
Reading & Writing

2 hours & 10 mins uninterrupted

Listening

Part 1 - 7 questions
Answer Type: Three-option multiple choice question for each sentence
Task:
- Listen twice to seven short sentences: statement, explanation, description, instruction or question
- Choose the appropriate response for each question

Part 2 - 6 questions
Answer Type: Two three-option multiple choice questions for each of the three conversations
Task

  • Listen twice to three short conversations between two 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
Answer Type: 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 one to three words

Part 4 - 6 questions
Answer Type: Six three-option multiple choice questions
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
Answer Type: Three-option multiple choice question for each text
Task

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

Part 2 - 6 questions
Answer Type: Multiple choice options to fill in an incomplete text.  One option is a distractor
Task: Choose the appropriate sentence for each gap in the text

Part 3 - 7 questions
Answer Type: 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
Answer Type: Eight questions requiring short answers of one to three words
Task: A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, expository, biographical, instructive

Writing

Part 1 - 70 to 100 words
Answer Type: 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 to 120 words
Answer Type: Produce an informal letter to a friend
Task:

  • Write a letter on a given topic of personal interest
  • Include two functions e.g. invite a friend to stay, describe what you will do
Key features
 EXAM LEVEL   B1
 FORMAT Written Component: Computer-based
Spoken Component: Online interview with a live interlocutor
 PASS MARK  Listening:  33/50
Reading:    33/50
Writing:     33/50
Speaking:   33/50
 TEST REPORT  Issued 5 business days after the exam

 

Books

We work with some of 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 a list of available books below, with links to the publishers’ websites.

Burlington Books

Global ELT

Exam format
Online interview with a live interlocutor 12 minutes
Speaking
Speaking

12 mins

Speaking

Part 1

  • Give and spell name
  • State country of origin
  • Answer five questions

Part 2

  • Two or three situations are presented by the interlocutor
    Candidates are expected to respond to questions and initiate interactions

Part 3

  • Exchange information to identify similarities and differences in pictures depicting familiar situations

Part 4

  • Candidates are given 30 seconds preparation time
  • Talk about a topic provided by the interlocutor for half a minute
  • Answer follow-up questions
Key features
 EXAM LEVEL   B1
 FORMAT Written Component: Computer-based
Spoken Component: Online interview with a live interlocutor
 PASS MARK  Listening:  33/50
Reading:    33/50
Writing:     33/50
Speaking:   33/50
 TEST REPORT  Issued 5 business days after the exam

 

Books

We work with some of 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 a list of available books below, with links to the publishers’ websites.

Burlington Books

Global ELT

Added Value

Candidates who achieve an average score of 50% or more in the Written component and/or 50% or more in the Spoken component will be awarded the corresponding LanguageCert International ESOL Certificate in Listening, Reading and Writing and/or in Speaking.

LanguageCert International ESOL certificates are recognised internationally and remain valid indefinitely.