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LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking

A 4-skills (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking) exam in English, aligned to the C1 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 C1 accepted for the following visa type:

• Student visa (this route replaces Tier 4) - (degree level and above)

CEFR level C1 is not an immediate requirement for any UK visa type, however, some sponsoring educational institutions may require this high level of English language competence.

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.

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LanguageCert SELT exams are only available at SELT Test Centres and are taken on a computer. 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   C1
 FORMAT Computer-based
 SELT SCORE  Listening:  33/50
Reading:    33/50
Writing:     33/50
 TEST REPORT  Issued 5 business days after the exam

 

Exam format
Computer-based 3 hours & 10 minutes
LanguageCert language exams - listening
Listening

30 minutes

LanguageCert language exams - reading and writing
Reading & Writing

2 hours & 40 mins uninterrupted

Listening

Part 1: 6 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options)
Task

  • Listen twice to 6 unfinished conversations between 2 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 questions (each with 3 options)

Task

  • Listen twice to 3 conversations, each consisting of 2 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 questions (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 1 to 5 words

Part 4: 7 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 questions (sentences identifying true and false statements about a 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 (8 sentences to choose from to complete 6 gaps in the text. 2 sentences are provided as distractors)

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)

Task

  • Read 4 short texts, e.g. email, article, advert, etc. and choose which text answers each question

Part 4: 8 questions (requiring short answers of up to 5 words)

Task:

  • A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, explanatory, expository, biographical, instructive
  • Provide short answers of up to 5 words for each question

Writing

Part 1: 150 - 200 words (respond appropriately to a given input in order 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. 
Books

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

 
Burlington Books

Global ELT

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL   C1
 FORMAT  Online interview with a live interlocutor
 SELT SCORE  Speaking:   33/50
 TEST REPORT  Issued 5 business days after the exam

 

Exam format
Online interview with a live interlocutor
LanguageCert language exams - speaking
Speaking

15 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 written text as the prompt

Part 4

  • Candidates are given 30 seconds preparation time
  • Talk about a topic provided by the interlocutor for 2 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 International SELT exams. Below is a list of available books with links to the publishers’ websites.

 
Burlington Books

Global ELT

LanguageCert Language Exams - Take2

Re-sit your SELT exam with Take2

Take2 is an added value service, that works like a safety net to a SELT exam! Candidates have the option to purchase Take2, our straightforward and affordable solution to re-sit LanguageCert SELT 4-skills Written or Spoken exam components at levels B1 - C2.

Take2 re-sit exam option is offered at a fraction of the exam price and becomes available in the case of an unsuccessful SELT result. All re-sits are conducted at LanguageCert approved SELT Centres and must be taken within 14 days of the last scheduled SELT exam.

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