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LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking)

A 4-skills (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking) exam in English, aligned to the B2 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 B2 is the minimum requirement for the following visa types:

  • Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)
  • Innovator
  • Start-up
  • Tier 4 (General) – student visa (below degree level)

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

After the exam, candidates receive a Test Report displaying 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.

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 conversation
Task

  • Listen twice to seven unfinished conversations between two speakers
  • One conversation is formal
  • Choose the appropriate response to complete or continue each conversation

Part 2 - 6 questions
Answer Type: Two three-option multiple choice questions for each of the three conversations
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 response to complete or continue each question

Part 3 - 7 questions
Answer Type: Write notes on the message pad based on the information on the recording
Task

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

Part 4 - 6 questions
Answer Type: Six three-option multiple choice questions
Task

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

Reading

Part 1 - 6 questions
Answer Type: Six three-option multiple choice questions
Task:

  • One long text: news story, article, review or proposal
  • 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

  • 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
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 - 7 questions
Answer Type: Seven questions
Task:

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

Writing

Part 1 - 100 to 150 words
Answer Type: Respond appropriately to a given text in order to 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 to 200 words
Answer Type: 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

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL   B2
 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 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

Express Publishing

Global ELT

Oxford University Press

Click here to download a guide for teachers, which maps each unit and topic of the English File: Upper-intermediate textbook
and refers to the competences outlined in the Common European Framework (CEFR) as B2 level.

Exam format
Online interview with a live interlocutor 13 minutes
Speaking
Speaking

13 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   B2
 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 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

Express Publishing

Global ELT

Oxford University Press

Click here to download a guide for teachers, which maps each unit and topic of the English File: Upper-intermediate textbook
and refers to the competences outlined in the Common European Framework (CEFR) as B2 level.

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.