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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)
  • Student visa (this route replaces Tier 4) - (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 only available at SELT Test Centres. LanguageCert SELT exams cannot be taken online with remote, live invigilation.

Test Centre exams

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

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL   B1
 FORMAT Computer-based
 PASS MARK  Listening:  33/50
Reading:    33/50
Writing:     33/50
 TEST REPORT  Issued 5 business days after the exam

 

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

30 minutes

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 short sentences between 2 speakers, 1 being a formal

  • Choose the appropriate response for each question

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 one gap testing layout, lexis, cohesive devices, coherence

  • Choose the appropriate response for each question

Part 2: 6 questions 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)

Task: • Read the 4 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

  • Include 2 functions e.g. invite a friend to stay, describe what you will do
Books

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

Burlington Books

ELI Publishing

Global ELT

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL   B1
 FORMAT Online interview with a live interlocutor
 PASS MARK  Speaking:   33/50
 TEST REPORT  Issued 5 business days after the exam

 

Exam format
Online interview with a live interlocutor
Speaking
Speaking

12 mins

Speaking

Part 1

  • Give and spell name
  • State country of origin
  • Answer 5 questions

Part 2

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

Part 3

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

Part 4

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

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

Burlington Books

ELI Publishing

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.